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Former Army Chief says Army may be too small to fight a war now

General Sir Mike Jackson, who was Chief of the General Staff from 2003 to 2006, has said that the British Army is now too small to fight a conventional  war. He said that one of the major issues was due to logistics and that the Army’s armoured corps was a ‘shadow’ of what it was a few decades ago.

He said the 80,000-strong Army would now struggle to fight a battle in the way it did in the past.

His comments came as defence chiefs are carrying out a major review of the military, which is due to conclude in the autumn.

General Sir Mike Jackson, who was Chief of the General Staff from 2003 to 2006, said the Army’s armoured corps was a ‘shadow’ of what it was a few decades ago

The Ministry of Defence is under pressure to deliver military capability for less money and also to modernise the force to meet diverse threats – but it has dismissed claims that Army numbers could be cut.

Speaking to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for its podcast General Talk, Sir Mike said: ‘When I joined, the Cold War was very cold. The whole strategic posture was deterrence of the then Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. It needed mass. We had a comparatively large army for peace time.’

But he said it has shrunk since. ‘It worries me that 80,000 may not be big enough,’ he added.

Sir Mike said: ‘We are down to the position where really if we get it right we can field a single division. Perhaps of two or three brigades. That is [the] maximum effort we could expect of today’s Army.’

When Sir Mike joined the Paras in 1970 the Army’s regular strength was 176,000, with 80,000 reservists.

He added: ‘The Royal Armoured Corps is pretty much a shadow of what it was when I joined.’

The MoD’s review could see soldiers moved into other areas, for example cyber, to match the threat and skills needed as the world changes, sources said.

A report by the Royal United Services Institute think-tank last year warned that British troops would be ‘comprehensively outgunned’ in a war with Russia due to a ‘critical shortage’ of artillery.

This content was sourced from Unity News Network.

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