British military chief outlines future army size

February 1st, 2012 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 1 (IANS) A top British military officer has outlined the shape of the country’s army in the future as smaller and of a contingency posture, Xinhua reported.

Chief of the British Defence Staff General Peter Wall said the army should be smaller and “switch from our current campaign posture to a contingency posture”.

“The army is confronting some very significant challenges in the coming years,” he said.

The economic situation, end of the army’s Afghan role in 2014 and security threats to Britain and the world, and “our potential reaction to them”, are some of the challenges.

He said the shape of the British army would be different in future and would be focused on five “homogenous brigades”.

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