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For the British Army, a two-digit billion amount is to flow in the future. This is what Boris Johnson proclaims. The reason is an increasingly dangerous international situation. The money should also help against attacks from the network. Great Britain wants to spend as much money on armaments in the future as it did at the end of the Cold War. “The international situation is more dangerous and competitive than at any other time since the Cold War and Britain must stand by its history and its allies,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to a statement.
“To do that, we need to upgrade our resources.” Therefore, in addition to the targeted military budget, a further 16.5 billion British pounds (just under 18.5 billion euros) will flow into the British army over the next four years. The government had previously agreed to increase military spending annually — depending on the respective inflation. Based on current forecasts, this would be an increase of more than £ 24 billion over the four-year period compared to last year’s budget. Investments were last at this level 30 years ago, it said.
Cyber defense and space projects
Among other things, the money is to be used to finance a new cyber defense unit and space projects. 10,000 new jobs are to be created. Britain will cement its position as a NATO member with the largest military spending in Europe, the statement said. On Thursday, the prime minister, who is currently in precautionary corona quarantine, wanted to present his plans to parliament in more detail. Previously, he had already answered the questions of the MPs via video switch. Johnson had announced a further investment in the billions for the energy transition. Around twelve billion pounds (around 13.4 billion euros) should flow into green projects and innovations by 2030.