Appalling. The end of the piece in today’s Times:
Tim Robinson, a former major general who was commander of an armoured brigade and now works at the crisis-response law firm Schillings, said it would be unwise to focus only on technology. He said: “In history it’s always been very dangerous when people have said you can substitute boots on the ground with exquisite technology. Likewise when it comes to securing a country or a border or dealing with a humanitarian situation.
“If you don’t invest in technology and people, in terms of both quality and quantity, history tells us you are going to get caught out. Technology certainly reinforces people, but I do think you need a critical mass of those people.”
He said there was a concern that the army has been getting too small, adding: “The army can already fit into Wembley stadium, with social distancing. So it’s quite small.”
Tobias Ellwood, Tory chairman of the defence select committee, said: “If we implement these cuts our armed forces will almost be smaller than the US special forces and that will be noted by our allies. Our military is already overstretched dealing with current obligations, never mind what might be thrown up in the integrated review.”
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