22 Jan 2018

Army head warns British military needs investment to deal with new threats

Political Editor

The head of the army has warned that Britain’s ability to deter or respond to threats could be eroded without substantial new investment.

General Sir Nick Carter said Russia was building up an aggressive force, including cyber-warfare and long-range missile capacity, adding: “We cannot afford to sit back”.

Number 10 insisted that the UK was addressing such threats “from a position of strength”, but did the general feel compelled to go public as a last resort?