The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, guaranteed on Thursday an additional injection of 16,500 million pounds (about 18,500 million euros) for the next four years in a modernization program of the Armed Forces, which will boost job creation and the cohesion of the British Union. “If there is a policy that strengthens the United Kingdom in every possible way, this is the construction of ships for the Royal Navy,” he said, after being criticized the day before for describing the autonomic system as a “disaster” in Scotland.
The investment commitment increases the annual budget of the Ministry of Defense by around 10% and “is equivalent to at least 2.2% of GDP”, according to the projection that the prime minister advanced in a telematic intervention in the Chamber of Commerce. the Commons. This threshold in military spending exceeds the target set by NATO and reaffirms the ambition of the Conservative Executive to ensure a prominent position in the international context after the complete withdrawal from the European Union.
Johnson emphasized on Thursday his project to “restore the position of the United Kingdom as the main naval power in Europe” ensuring the revitalization of the shipyards of Scotland and Northern Ireland, in addition to the English. “It is the opportunity to transform our Armed Forces, shore up our global influence, unite and balance our country, lead in new technologies and defend our citizens and their way of life,” he declared.
Defense is the only Ministry that has extracted from the Treasury an investment commitment for the rest of the legislature. The crisis of the coronavirus pandemic forced the revision of the original plans, which will now be limited to guaranteeing next year’s budget.
The government promises to create up to 40,000 jobs by 2024. The injection of funds will go, in part, to the “technological revolution of war” and the country’s defenses, which will lead to the development of applications in the civil sector, according to the Chief Executive. “Expanding British influence requires the modernization of our Armed Forces for once in a generation,” he said from his confinement in Downing Street, as he is quarantined after having been in contact with a positive.
National Cyber Force
The horizon includes some 1.5 billion pounds in military research and the founding of an Artificial Intelligence center. The cooperation of the Army and intelligence agencies in a National Cybernetic Force will also be strengthened. In addition, the Royal Aviation (RAF) will mount a space control base capable of launching satellites and rockets from Scotland by 2022.
“With this multi-year agreement, the path to modernization and the digital force that we need for the 2030s is financed between integrated paths of the domains of sea, air, land, cyber and space”, celebrated the Chief of Staff, the General Sir Nick Carter.
Johnson’s bid for military renewal is the first practical step in his long-awaited Integrated Foreign, Defense, Security and Development review. It is the first time that the resources, functions and objectives of the three ministries have been jointly analyzed and there is still no date of publication of their conclusions. The report will potentially expose the prime minister’s vision for the future, the meaning of his concept of ‘Global Britain’. But, as confirmed on Thursday, the result of the review will not be released before the end of the transition phase of ‘Brexit’, on December 31. Labor leader Keir Starmer welcomed the injection of money, but criticized the “absence of a clear strategy and a coherent vision of the United Kingdom in the world sphere”.