• Jeremy Hunt: UK must double defense budget in decade after Brexit
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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/13/jeremy-hunt-uk-double-defence-spending-brexit-tory-leadership The UK will need to double defence spending over the next decade, revive its frayed democracy and become an incubator of artificial intelligence-related technologies if the country is to renew after Brexit, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said in a major speech setting out his stall to be the next Conservative leader. He said: “The threat picture, so dramatically reduced at the end of the cold war, has changed markedly. We are in a multipolar world without the assurance provided by unquestioned American dominance. We face a more aggressive Russia and a more assertive China. We simply do not know what the balance of power in the world will be in 25 years’ time.” He said that in that context, “it is simply not sustainable to expect one Nato ally to spend nearly 4% of its GDP on defence while the others spend between 1 and 2%”. UK defence spending is currently 2% of GDP.
One of my issues with UK military spending is that we no longer innovate in aircraft design. Britain had the best jet fighters in the world until the mid '60s and the fact we now buy our aircraft from the US means we're not even creating UK jobs when we buy new ones. At any rate, Hunt is the guy who gutted the NHS so I don't trust his opinions on where our budget should be going, especially when he thinks we should spend more on the military. 4% is as much as the US spends AFAIK.
We need to focus on AI military tech as is stated in the article ,we don't have much manpower these days
To give him some credit: pissing off or just outright abandoning most of your allies and allowing foreign governments to infiltrate your own parliament are the kind of things that make countries need larger militaries.
It's explicitly said in the article the US is at 4%, which is why he talks about it He said that in that context, “it is simply not sustainable to expect one Nato ally to spend nearly 4% of its GDP on defence while the others spend between 1 and 2%”. UK defence spending is currently 2% of GDP.
With what? Britain will be bankrupt in a few short years given the very obvious economic trend of ripping oneself out from the tightest integrated economy in the world
The F35 program requires ever pound the UK spends on the program to be spent in the UK. It's the same for everyone else in the program.
That's the plan. They're not going to increase spending, they're going to keep it where it is and when their GDP drops the current rate will eventually be 4%.
My point is more that we could revitalise the ailing aerospace industry and spend a lot less if we designed our own aircraft.
Britain lacks the resources, money, and military to unilaterally design systems anymore, but then brexit throws a wrench at that too
You're not going to spend less designing a comparable aircraft with a production run of less than 100 aircraft.
BAE Systems Tempest ?
Russia's economy is much poorer than ours and they manage it. I'm not saying our aircraft will ever be as good as America's, and it's true we have fewer resources than Russia, but France was also able to build its own aircraft for ages and the Harrier Jumpjet was able to innovate quite successfully. I know it was a long time ago but it's not as impossible as you think.
Good idea, they can pay for it with that 350 gorillion a week they can save for the NHS after brexit [/s]
Russia's economics are all bullshit, they're taking a massive loss on a lot of the stuff they produce they just don't care because that's the only thing they can do to keep their defense industry open and keep people employed. Russia is run entirely by the military industrial complex.
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