Posted on June 24, 2014
Lord Richards of Hertsmonceux criticises a lack of spending on the Army, warning that standards will ‘inevitably deteriorate’ as forces are slimmed down.
Britain’s Armed Forces are in need of extra resources if they are to deal with the global threat of jihadists, a former head of the military said last night.
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux said that militant jihadism was the “biggest threat confronting the free world”, and questioned this country’s ability to combat it.
He called for defence spending to increase as the economy starts to grow and said that plans to replace regular troops with part-time reserves must work soon or be scrapped altogether.
The comments from Lord Richards, who as Gen Sir David Richards was chief of the defence staff from October 2010 to July last year, will sound alarm bells in Whitehall. In his maiden speech in the House of Lords last night, the peer questioned whether the Armed Forces would be in a “fit state” to deal with threats from terrorists.