|UK can no longer mount military operations like Iraq invasion, government decides|
|guardian, 19/10/2010 (traduire en Français )|
David Cameron confirms cuts to the armed forces in strategic defence and security review
The government has decided that Britain will no longer be able to mount military operations on the scale of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the deployment in Afghanistan's Helmand province, it emerged today as David Cameron unveiled the details of the strategic defence and security review.
The prime minister, who announced that the army will be cut to 95,000 by 2015, said that Britain should focus more attention on the causes of conflict to reduce the high costs of "just dealing with the consequences" of failed states.
Measures announced today to scale down the budget included:
A cut of 25,000 staff in the Ministry of Defence by 2015, the disposal of "unnecessary" assets, and a getting to grips with procurement.
Cancelling the Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft programme.
Naval manpower to be cut by 5,000 to 30,000 by 2015 and the total number of frigates and destroyers to drop from 23 to 19 by 2020.
The government to retire the Harrier jump jet and reduce RAF manpower by 5,000 to 33,000 by 2015.
Tanks to be reduced by 40%.
Half a billion pounds allocated to a national cyber security programme to counter unconventional threats of the future.
Cameron said: "This is not simply a cost-saving exercise to get to grips with the biggest budget deficit in post-war history, it is about taking the right decisions to protect our national security in the years ahead. But the two are not separate. Our national security depends on our economic strength and vice versa. As our national security is a priority so defence and security budgets will contribute to deficit reduction on a lower scale than most other departments."
J'attends de voir ce que ça va donner au final. Mais il me semble pas mal ce Cameron au premier abord. Il s'attaque vraiment à l'économie de bulle et au trop plein de dettes. Il ne met certes pas assez les riches à contribution mais c'est en gros dans ce sens qu'il faut aller. Il faut retourner à un capitalisme post bulle, sain, nettoyé. La purge va faire mal, mais elle est nécessaire.