Theresa May has questioned Britain's role as a "tier one" military power during the discussion of modernization of the UK's army with defense secretary Gavin Williamson, Financial Times reported. She also allegedly stressed the necessity to rethink the needs of armed forces and focus on improving cyber warfare capabilities in order to be able to fend off new threats, including those coping from Russia. According to the media, the UK Prime Minister's comments sent "shockwaves" through the Ministry of Defense. Its employees were reportedly tasked with defining the term of "tier one military power" to determine whether the UK lost such status. READ MORE: 'Russia Threat Central' as UK MPs Call for Cold War Level Military Spending Downing Street spokesman, commenting on the news, denied allegations that Theresa May questioned the UK's leading role as military power, … [Read more...] about British PM Reportedly Questioned UK’s Role as Top Military Power
Comments made by Theresa May have sent “shock waves” through the MoD after the PM asked the ministry to justify Britain’s role as a “tier-one” military power amid escalating rows over funding increases. First reported in the Financial Times, May allegedly threw down the gauntlet to Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson on Tuesday during a meeting attended by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Read more One defense official claimed that the PM’s intervention caused such a stir within the ministry that some staff had “their head in their hands” upon learning that May had questioned Britain’s future as a leading military power. During the meeting, May told Williamson to go and rethink the capabilities required for a modern military force, and to focus more on Britain’s cyber-warfare capabilities and its capacity to counter new threats, including Russia, according to the FT. Downing Street, meanwhile, has dismissed the … [Read more...] about ‘Shock waves’ at MoD after PM questions UK’s role as ‘tier-one’ military power
Theresa May has threatened to spark a major row with defence chiefs after allegedly questioning Britain’s status as a leading military power just weeks before a crucial NATO summit. The Prime Minister is reported to have sent “shockwaves” through the Ministry of Defence this week following a crunch meeting with Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, in which she is said to have told him to justify Britain’s role as a “tier one” fighting force. According to reports, Mrs May told Mr Williamson that he needed to review Britain’s military capabilities and refocus his efforts on cyber warfare capability. Her comments have sparked serious concern in the department, with senior officials telling The... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and … [Read more...] about Theresa May ‘questions Britain’s role as a leading military power’ weeks before crucial Nato summit
IT's feared the Middle East might be on the brink of another war as tensions alarmingly escalate between Israel and Iran. From what they're fighting about to their military power, here's what you need to know about the conflict between the two nations. Are Israel and Iran at war? Neither Israel nor Iran have formally declared a war, but tensions between the two states have escalated significantly. On April 30, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu made bombshell claims about Iran's nuclear weapons program in a prime-time televised address carried by Israeli networks. He said: "Iran's leaders repeatedly deny ever pursuing nuclear weapons. "Tonight I'm here to tell you one thing: Iran lied. The leader spoke in English and showed pictures and videos claiming to be of secret Iranian nuclear complexes. Outlining a damning 55,000 page dossier, Netanyahu said Iran was "brazenly lying" about its massive programme to develop atomic warheads and missiles to deliver them. After signing the nuclear … [Read more...] about Israel vs Iran – Are they at war, what are they fighting about and what military powers do they have?
ANKARA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Syria should not be an “arm-wrestling arena” for outside powers, amid talks with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after the former’s vow to strike Damascus over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Douma region. “We are uncomfortable with the fact some countries that are confident of their military power have transformed Syria into an arm wrestling arena … Nobody has the right to burn the Mediterranean and Syrian soil in the fire of military and political power struggles,” Erdoğan said at a ceremony in Ankara on April 12. His comments came after Trump warned Russia on April 11 of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack in the rebel enclave of Douma near Damascus. Russia replied that any missile attack will be intercepted by its sophisticated S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems in Syria. Erdoğan spoke … [Read more...] about Syria shouldn’t be arm wrestling arena for military powers: Erdoğan