The United Kingdom contributes more than 40 billion to cyber defense in an increase in its military spending (photo: ANSA)
18:31, 19 nov•LONDON•By Alessandro Logroscino
(ANSA) – LONDON, NOV 19 – The British government launched a multimillion-dollar program of additional military spending, as has not been seen in 30 years, to protect “the safety of the British”, share more “global responsibilities with NATO allies “and” extending UK influence “after Brexit.
All of this, British Premier Boris Johnson considered, in a world “never so dangerous and intensely competitive since the Cold War.”
Johnson also pledged a shower of pounds both to “modernize” conventional arsenals and nuclear deterrents, and to meet with “cutting edge technology” the new challenges of cyber defense, space competition and artificial intelligence applied to the war apparatus. .
The announcement was made in front of the House of Commons, with a “Tory” prime minister forced to connect by video in the wake of the isolation imposed by Covid-19, but still determined to try to restore shine to the image of his government. Despite internal disputes, controversy over the emergence of the coronavirus, and unknowns about the crucial negotiations with the EU for future relations.
In the plan there are 16.5 billion distributed over 4 years, which will be added to the 24.1 planned in the same period of time as a basic increase in the budget of the Armed Forces by 0.5% higher than inflation: up to a total of more than 40 billion additional and a final sum estimated between now and 2024 at 190 billion pounds (212 billion euros), or 2.2% of GDP.
A quota of more than 2% requested by the Atlantic Alliance from all Member States and aimed at consolidating both the European primacy of the United Kingdom and its second place behind the United States only in the absolute number of defense allocations among the partners of the NATO.
Not without the parallel prospect of stimulating 40,000 jobs thanks to military orders, from shipbuilding to the aerospace industry.
For the premier, the need is to “stop the decline” and the possibility of defending the interests and values of the Kingdom as well as the Western chessboard in a reality in which – following his narrative – there are “enemies” (not mentioned openly, but it seems obvious to evoke the profile among others of China or Russia) who conspire “in an increasingly sophisticated way, even in cyberspace.”
“I made the decision” to launch this transcendental “generational” program, “in the face of the pandemic since the defense sector is a priority,” the premier proclaimed to the deputies, listing among the different projects in a few words the creation of an ad hoc military agency that will deal with artificial intelligence, the development of a National Cyber Force, the establishment of a new command structure of the Space Forces charged with launching a first carrier rocket in 2022.
Limiting ourselves to “hoping for the best” in the face of threats from “terrorism” or “hostile states” is not a prudent option, Johnson said.
Meanwhile, he does not hesitate to reject the withdrawal from Afghanistan announced by his friend, outgoing President Donald Trump, reserving the right to discuss the security of that country and the future of British contingents in other areas of conflict with the new “American friends. of the elected administration “by Joe Biden. (ANSA).
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