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Gates: British Military Cuts Limit Scope for US Partnership

FILE - Former U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates.
FILE - Former U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates.
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British defense cuts mean the country can no longer be a full military partner of the United States, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned on Thursday.

Britain is the world's fourth largest military spender after the United States, China and Russia but is cutting the army by 20,000 soldiers over this decade while its navy will lose 6,000 personnel and its air force 5,000.

Gates, who served as defense secretary under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, said he lamented the British cuts which limited Britain's ability to be a full partner to the United States.

"With the fairly substantial reductions in defense spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past,'' Gates told BBC Radio.

British generals have warned that the cuts are hollowing out the armed forces and could limit Britain's ability to fight wars.

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by: ShibumiMC from: Ottawa, Canada
February 04, 2014 11:29 AM
This story reflects an obsolete - and quite incorrect measure of asset value in joint military enterprises. Contribution worth, back in the days of WW I and even less in WW II, were indeed based on number of soldiers, tanks and aircraft. But in the knowledge age, real worth resides in intangibles: in intelligence, analysis, planning - leading to strategic intervention (when necessary). So partners ought to think about that before they dismiss the contributions of joint players. The methodology setting out all this is in The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War. Available here: http://tinyurl.com/ca77xte

by: Anonymous
January 16, 2014 8:05 AM
this guy is such a farter... really, a despicable figure. British "solidarity" with US is bought - its bargained for... the Brits "military" are really an impediment on US. The British "military" is much more like a festering boil than anything else for US.

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