British army chief calls for investment in defence

Army Chief slams further defence cuts and warns Britain will fall behind aggressive Russia

UK Army chief: Russia could totally pwn us with cable-cutting and hax0rs

The threats we face are not thousands of miles away but are now on Europe's doorstep."We have seen how cyber warfare can be both waged on the battlefield and to disrupt normal people's lives; we in the United Kingdom are not immune from that.Gen. Nick Carter, left, will make his concerns public in an address to the RUSI."We must take notice of what is going on around us or our ability to take action will be massively constrained".

He said at the Royal United Services Institute in London: "I'm not in any way going to suggest that Russian Federation wants to go to war in the traditional definition of the term".

Britain is planning to keep armed forces in Germany to respond more quickly if Russian Federation attempts to attack Europe, the head of the army said last night.

In the speech, at the Royal United Services Institute today, General Carter highlighted Russia's new cyber warfare capabilities.

"We must take notice of what is going on around us or our ability to take action will be massively constrained".

"Our ability to preempt or respond to threats will be eroded if we don't keep up with our adversaries".

According to Carter, hostile states are being more creating in how they exploit the seams between peace and war.

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Prime Minister Theresa May said past year that Russian Federation had "mounted a sustained campaign of cyberespionage and disruption" against other countries.

"The threats we face are not thousands of miles away but are now on Europe's doorstep", he said, in excerpts released by the defence ministry. Speed of decision making, Speed of deployment and modern capabilities are essential if we wish to provide realistic deterrence.

The defence secretary Gavin Williamson is said to be lobbying the chancellor, Philip Hammond, for a stay on military cuts as fears grow that there could be delays to Britain buying Challenger battle tanks, infantry vehicles and rapidly deployable armoured vehicles.

Defence spending is under intense pressure following years of austerity, and a review launched last year has prompted media reports that further cuts are on the way.

Some politicians have called for Britain to increase its defence spending up from the current two per cent to three per cent of gross domestic product.

"The chief of general staff is saying that we face a range of threats, that we need to make sure we have capabilities required to address them".

There are concerns in the armed forces that the review will prioritise counter-cyber attacks and terrorism, rather than major defence.

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