The head of the US army has criticised the size of the shrinking British military, claiming it would be too small for war.
General Mark Milley, chief of staff at the US army, told a British army conference that “signifiant-sized land forces” were required to achieve a government’s objectives.
Speaking to British officers and army personnel, General Milley said an army could not be quickly regenerated if it was suddenly required.
He said: “Bombs and bullets from the sky may be the first shots fired in a war but most of the time the last shot fired is coming out of an infantryman’s rifle.”
The Ministry of Defence has proposed to potentially reduce its regular army to 65,000, from an initial target of 82,000.
There are currently 78,410 troops in the British army.
General Sir Nicholas Carter, the chief of the general staff, said his army was at its smallest for 400 years.
Professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, Eliot Cohen, said: “Firstly, your military is too small.”
“There is no question about that.”
“If you cut it further it will be bad news because numbers matter.”
Full article: Britain’s Army is TOO SMALL and is nowhere near prepared for a war, warns top US official (Express)