Jon Harper, National Defense |
With extra money in its coffers for modernization, the U.K. Ministry of Defence is looking for additional opportunities to work with the United States on high-tech military capabilities.The British government announced that it had approved about $22 billion in additional defense spending over the next four years. Angus Lapsley, director general for strategy and international at the MoD, called the plus-up — the largest in decades — an “historic” reinvestment in military capabilities. The move is being driven by the evolving threat environment, a desire to demonstrate Britain’s international commitment post-Brexit, and changes in technology. Digital tech is transforming the way in which conventional platforms can be used, he noted. Meanwhile, opportunities for new weapon systems such as directed energy and hypersonics are emerging.
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