Britain plans biggest military spending since Cold War

Britain plans biggest military spending since Cold War”

For example, the new money will fund space and cyber-defense projects such as an artificial intelligence agency.

Johnson told lawmakers that the four-year financial package for the Ministry of Defense will "end the era of retreat" and pivot Britain's military toward potential future threats.

Johnson said in a statement that he made the decision "in the teeth of the pandemic" because "the defence of the realm must come first".

The military spending announcement comes a week after Johnson promised USA president-elect Joe Biden that Britain was determined to remain a valuable military ally.

The British warships and combat vehicles are planned to carry "directed energy weapons" to hit targets with "inexhaustible lasers". He said the defense funding will "restore Britain's position as the foremost naval power in Europe" and "spur a renaissance" in British shipbuilding.

In an address given remotely because he came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus, the prime minister said the armed forces will receive $21 billion over and above the government's earlier plan.

In a speech to parliament on Thursday outlining first conclusions from a big review of foreign policy and defence, Johnson will announce an extra £16.5 billion ($22 billion) for the military over the next four years.

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Defence isn't just about defending the United Kingdom from external threats however, it has also been at the forefront of the UK's humanitarian responses in places such as Lebanon and Central American countries after Hurricane Eta.

The new space command and national cyberforce will be established by 2022 and will create 10,000 job opportunities, according to the British government.

Britain was the main battlefield ally of the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan, and alongside France the principal military power in the EU.

Since the UK's decision to leave the European Union in 2016, negotiations remain as yet unfinalised, making its global role uncertain.

At a time of heightened global uncertainty, the continued rise of China and after four years of US President Donald Trump's worldwide diplomacy, the UK's 2016 vote to leave the European Union has thrown its own role and global influence into doubt.

No. 10 Downing Street said in a statement ahead of the announcement that the plan would "cement the U.K.'s position as the largest defense spender in Europe and the second-largest in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Now, however, Johnson is attempting to make his country a major player - not only politically, but militarily, too.

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