Posted on November 24, 2018
In his first interview since being appointed Chief of the General Staff in June, Gen Carleton-Smith said Russia is “indisputably” a bigger threat than Islamic terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and IS. “Russia has embarked on a systematic effort to explore and exploit Western vulnerabilities, particularly in some of the non-traditional areas of cyber, space, undersea warfare,” he said. “We cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses or leave it uncontested.” The 54-year-old former SAS commander graduated from Sandhurst military academy in the final years of the Cold War. He led the search for Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 terror attacks and was at the forefront of Britain’s role in the campaign to combat IS in Iraq and Syria.