British media said goodbye to power after the era of disarmament to give up ambition for hegemony
British troops mission
Oct. 20 (Xinhua) British Prime Minister Cameron 19 release strategic defense and security assessment report, announced that the next four years will be 8% of defense budget cuts, but stressed that the support of British troops in Afghanistan will not be weakened.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) wrote an article entitled: Large disarmament, Britain bid farewell to “great power era.”
article said that in 2010, the eve of the national financial outcome of the review published, the British defense spending review decisions of large-scale naval and air force determine the first cut was made public.
Although the results of the British public have already heard, but many analysts is that the disarmament is still described as the British from the “quasi-power” to the “quasi-small” transition to bid farewell to “hegemonic dream.” and “big power dream” of a historical landmark.
power becomes small
the first major review of defense spending is the result of the decision is no longer British troops have served at least 10 years of aircraft carrier.
national carrier is still so far as a “great power” necessary to maintain and sea power projection platform.
First of all, serving the British Royal Navy flagship “Ark Royal” aircraft carrier will retire early. Then, has launched two new next-generation aircraft carrier, and Queen Elizabeth plans to the Prince of Wales will continue, but at least 2019 years ago, after the completion of the aircraft carrier-based aircraft are not equipped.
In short, at least the next 10 years, the British aircraft carrier in fact withdraw from the International Club, the first time after World War II projection from the sea no longer has the strength of the air combat capability.
In addition, whether to continue to maintain and update the sea-based intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying the Trident nuclear submarine fleet strength will defer a decision.
abandon the “hegemony” ambition to do a firm U.S. ally
analysts that the UK is actually just give up the disarmament in the military with the United States have repeated some of the naval and air power, to give up one day, “hegemony” unrealistic ambitions.
However, experts also noted that British troops are not too overwhelmed by the reduction of existing operational ground combat troops strength.
It is reported that in the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense announced a substantial and comprehensive disarmament plan shortly after the British government and the U.S. military and political level immediately the phone to the United States to ensure that Britain will continue to maintain “sufficient strength” to cope with possible future happened.
other words, once again the United States launched in Afghanistan similar to the Iraq war this kind of regional military action, British forces will have the ability to help U.S. forces hand.
British Defense Ministry of Defense released the latest assessment report that the British national security in the future for a long time is the biggest threat facing cyber attacks, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, pandemic diseases and international emergency of regional conflicts or wars.
Based on this thinking, but the UK Government has substantially increased the military departments for intelligence stations, network warfare, electronic warfare, terrorism and other aspects of funding.
At the same time, the British government responsible for overseas development and aid funding of not being cut.
Therefore, the British idea of ??the defense big adjustment from the spectator’s point of view at least has been very clear, is to bid farewell to “great power dream”, and continue to do a considerable military power of U.S. allies.