British Army To Lose 1000s of Troops [Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeEOVJBP23w

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Yes depending on who you speak to i'm either stood right now at the cutting edge
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of military technology so cutting edge i can't show or even describe to you the component
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behind this screen or i'm stood at a massive roulette table where the government has been deciding
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which to gamble on high-tech kits or people well today they bet big on tech because
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that's the real focus of today's defense review kit like this the whole thing is actually
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an unmanned spy plane which can hover on the edge of space for up to nine months without coming down all the
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while beaming pictures in real time of our enemies to troops on the ground but here's the kicker
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there will now be far fewer of those troops an army at its smallest size in almost
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200 years their name might be about to change
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but being first through the door will still be their job to do it though the future commando
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force will be given new kit and technology a running theme of today's long awaited
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and much leaked about defense review in parliament the sixth conservative defense secretary
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in just 10 years set out his long-term vision for the armed forces
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there's no point boasting about numbers of regiments when you send them to war and snatch land rovers
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or simply counting the number of tanks when our adversaries are developing new ways to defeat them
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that is why we've put at the heart of the defense command paper the mission to seek out and to understand future
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threats and to invest in the capabilities needed so that we can defeat them
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this is a prime minister who defense contractors at least are happy with last year he promised an
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extra 24 billion pounds to the military and today he toured bae systems near preston
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to see how that money will be spent this is a 14 increase uh in spending on the armed
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forces above uh what was in the manifesto that i was elected on
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in in 2019 are the manifesto and this is what else he said when launching that manifesto
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uh we will not be cutting our arm services in any form we will be maintaining the size of our arm services
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and i'm delighted to see secretary of defense nodding uh fervently in the front row just over
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a year later and troop numbers are being cut the argument
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the challenges have changed and better kit requires fewer people significantly fewer people the army's
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current target is 82 000 people although it only has 76 000 right now by 2025 the target will be just 72 and a
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half thousand on water within 18 months two frigates will be retired early
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but this will grow to 24 frigates and destroyers by the mid-2030s and in the air nine of the oldest
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chinook helicopters will be scrapped with no replacements and all 20 pumas will be retired there
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will be a replacement but with what and how many no one knows the big increase is tech spending 6.6
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billion pounds over four years for just research and development so more money impressive kit but fewer
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troops one former head of the armed forces said the uk would no longer be able to retake
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the falklands or have the numbers for another golf war for others
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this review doesn't go far enough for example space which quite rightly is championed as the
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new domain one of the new domains that defense needs to start
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gaining a foothold in is only getting 1.4 billion pounds over the next decade in my mind that's a
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good start what you're looking at in capability terms is a super tanker slowly moving
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this is where the technology for tomorrow is built and kept under wraps these drones fly at
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sixty thousand feet spy from the edge of space and can stay there for very long periods of time
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so nine months without coming down absolutely i'm guessing this doesn't come cheap
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it's not a bargain but very cost effective compared with some of the alternatives
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the mod has an unspecified number of these drones on order all part of what they're calling a
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transformational change for the armed forces does that transformational change
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require fewer people the actual numbers of people when that's an mod decision what they
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can afford where they need it what we're really seeing is what you can then ask them to do
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and the types of decisions they get involved in that's not so much about more or less people it's about what they
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can do differently the threats the mod says we now face are from russia the challenges from china
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the actual war on the horizon unknown the hope today though the nation's equipped for whatever

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