Britain unveils on Monday its defense plans

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date of publication:
March 22, 2021 1:57 GMT

Update date: March 22, 2021 3:35 GMT

On Monday, the British government unveils its defense plans, promising to “strengthen the defense of British interests in multiple fields and around the world.”

This announcement comes about a week after the United Kingdom decided to raise the ceiling of its nuclear arsenal, for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union. The decision was announced at the end of a strategic review of security, defense and foreign policy issues, the first since the country left the European Union entirely.

“At sea, we will have more ships, submarines and sailors, and the Royal Marines will be transformed into a new unit called the” Future Commando Force “(FCF), the Ministry of Defense said in a statement before the upcoming detailed presentation on Monday.

This new unit will be responsible for “protecting sailing lanes and maintaining freedom of navigation” and will receive more than 200 million pounds (232 million euros) in direct investments over the next decade.

On the ground, a special operations brigade will be deployed “capable of operating discreetly in high-risk environments and can be rapidly deployed in all parts of the world.”

This brigade will consist of four battalions. Over the next four years, 120 million pounds will be invested in this brigade.

In parallel, another brigade, the Security Forces Assistance Brigade, will be established, and its goal will be to provide advice and training to allied partner countries.

In Sunday’s edition of The Telegraph, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace wrote that the armed forces must adapt to threats that have “changed to an unrecognizable degree” over the past 30 years.

“We can no longer consider the superiority of Western forces as a foregone conclusion,” he said, adding that “our enemies have more options” that are unlimited.

“We find ourselves constantly in front of a + gray area + – aggressive actions below the threshold of open conflict,” he added.

He announced additional investments for “intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare (…), as well as to improve sensors and defense measures.”

A new Royal Navy observer ship with a crew of about 15 will enter service by 2024, with the aim of protecting British submarine cables and other infrastructure.





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