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British forces no longer fit for purpose, former UK service chiefs warn

Armed forces near breaking point with navy underfunded and air force at edge of capacity, Commons committee told Former UK service chiefs have launched a devastating critique of the state of British forces, saying they were no longer fit for purpose and that the army was 20 years out of date. Gen Sir Richard Barrons, who retired last year as commander of joint forces command, said the armed forces were close to breaking point, with the navy underfunded and the air force at the edge of its engineering capacity. 14-11-17
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British forces no longer fit for purpose, former UK service chiefs warn
Armed forces near breaking point with navy underfunded and air force at edge of capacity, Commons committee told Former UK service chiefs have launched a devastating critique of the state of British forces, saying they were no longer fit for purpose and that the army was 20 years out of date. Gen Sir Richard Barrons, who retired last year as commander of joint forces command, said the armed forces were close to breaking point, with the navy underfunded and the air force at the edge of its engineering capacity.
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Who would have won if the Soviets and Western Allies went to war right after WW2? abandonment of Operation Unthinkable was caused By the Fact that the USSR had 2 x the tanks as tye allies and The plan was taken by the British Chiefs of Staff Committee as militarily unfeasible due to an anticipated 2.5 to 1 superiority in divisions of Soviet land forces in Europe and the Middle East by 1 July, where the conflict was projected to take place.[5] The majority of any offensive operation would have been undertaken by American and British forces, as well as Polish forces and up to 100,000 German Wehrmacht soldiers. Any quick success would be due to surprise alone. If a quick success could not be obtained before the onset of winter, the assessment was that the Allies would be committed to a protracted total war. In the report of 22 May 1945, an offensive operation was deemed "hazardous the USSR would nave won without the USA using Nukes
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Would an independent Scotland be better having no army? You have to address the question of what you need military forces for. In the first instance you have to consider who your potential enemies are; I don't personally envisage a resurrection of the border reivers or imminent attack by Vikings, so perhaps a large army would not be top of the list of priorities. On the other hand Scotland is surrounded by lots of sea, which would seem to indicate the need for a reasonable sized navy or coastguard service both for rescue purposes and smuggling interdiction (drugs, etc), and as far as I know the Russians still occasionally fly reconnaissance planes down the Norwegian Sea to test out air defences, so a medium sized airforce might be justified to warn them off and provide air-sea rescue services. Presumably you'll also need some military forces to protect Scotland's offshore oil and gas installations. Consider what Ireland does, as a similar-sized country - the Republic maintains defence forces with about 10,000 permanent staff and 12,000 reserves, keeps a naval service running I think 7 or 9 quite capable patrol boats for fisheries protection, supporting the Irish Army on deployments as UN peacekeeping forces (where it has a long tradition, in the Congo, Lebanon, Sinai, Cyprus, Eritrea, and other places), and generally showing the flag to promote trade (in Argentina, Brazil, Singapore, China, and Japan, in the last 10 years or so), and an air corps mainly of helicopters, maritime patrol planes, and ministerial transport planes. The Naval Service and Air Corps each have 1000-1500 of the total strength of 10,000 personnel.
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