Britain’s ‘withered’ armed forces can NOT defend us against Russia says ex-defence chief as it is revealed army last practised full armoured warfare three years before Twitter was born

General Sir Richard Barrons said armed forces capability had been withered by design

Britain’s ‘withered’ armed forces can NOT defend us against Russia says ex-defence chief as it is revealed army last practised full armoured warfare three years before Twitter was born:

  • Claims a Russian air campaign would overwhelm Britain’s defences 
  • Former military chief delivered scathing assessment of the UK military 
  • He said Whitehall mandarins were focused on ‘skinning’ defence budgets 
  • Military expert said Army had practised armoured warfare since 2003  

Britain’s armed forces would not be able to protect the country from a full-scale attack by Russia, the recently retired commander of Joint Forces Command has warned.

General Sir Richard Barrons, who left his post in April, delivered a scathing assessment of the UK military in a 10 page private memo to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

He said Whitehall was focused on ‘skinning’ budgets and maintaining expensive but redundant high-profile military capability.

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