London – U.K. civilians should be ready to fight in a hypothetical land war, the head of the British army, Gen. Patrick Sanders, said Wednesday, warning that the ongoing
There is currently a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with Russian forces invading Ukrainian territory.
The research revealed that “citizen armies” are the key factor in determining the outcome of conflicts. The speaker noted that the current size of the British military is inadequate for addressing the evolving threats in the modern world.
Sanders stated in a speech that it is crucial to take necessary measures to prepare our societies for a state of war. He also mentioned that countries in eastern and northern Europe, who are particularly vulnerable to the threat of Russia, have already begun taking cautious actions to establish a framework for mobilization.
The United Kingdom’s military is currently comprised of approximately 75,000 fully trained professional soldiers, in addition to 60,000 members serving in the British navy and air force.
The United Kingdom allocates approximately 2% of its gross domestic product for military expenditures. However, despite the government’s plan to increase it to 2.5%, Sanders, a proponent of higher military spending, believes that the army should have a standing force of at least 120,000 soldiers by 2027, stating that this number is still inadequate.
The decision against implementing military conscription was made by Rishi Sunak’s department located at 10 Downing Street.
including cyber warfare
Some high-ranking defense officials in the United Kingdom have expressed worries about increasing global dangers, such as cyber attacks.
In January, Defense Secretary Grant Shapps stated that Britain must adjust its position due to the shift from a post-war to pre-war global environment.
According to Shapps, former adversaries are coming back to life and new adversaries are emerging. The boundaries of conflict are being redefined. The tanks are physically present on Ukraine’s land in Europe. In a speech, Shapps stated that the fundamental principles of the global system are being disrupted. We find ourselves at a crucial point – to give in to challenges or take all necessary measures to discourage the threat. I firmly believe that there is no real choice. In order to ensure our liberties, we must be ready.
Not everything will go smoothly.
The United States and its NATO partners have commenced a months-long training operation, which is the largest military exercise for the alliance since the conclusion of the Cold War. The Steadfast Defender 2024 maneuvers will involve approximately 90,000 soldiers from member countries practicing regional defense strategies that NATO has not utilized in many years, as reported by Reuters.
During a press conference before the exercises, Dutch Admiral Rob Bauer, the head of the NATO military committee, stated that while he is not predicting issues for tomorrow, it is important to acknowledge that we cannot take peace for granted and must have plans in place.
According to Bauer, the war in Ukraine highlights the fact that society as a whole will inevitably become involved, whether we want it to or not.
According to Bauer, member countries of NATO must be ready for a time of uncertainty where unforeseen events can occur at any moment. He suggests that individuals should make provisions for essential resources in case of a sudden outbreak of conflict.
According to Bauer, in order to ensure survival in the first 36 hours, one must have access to water, a battery-powered radio, and a battery-powered flashlight. These seemingly basic items serve as a starting point for preparing for unforeseen circumstances. It’s important to recognize that not everything can be predicted or go according to plan in the future.