Gavin Williamson: Armed Forces have to be prepared to use hard power

Gavin Williamson: Armed Forces have to be prepared to use hard power

Gavin Williamson: Armed Forces have to be prepared to use hard power

"I want to see our armed forces embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate, keeping pace with technological change, enhancing our mass and increasing our lethality, " Williamson said.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Mr Williamson also confirmed the government will invest £1.8 billion in cyber warfare defences to protect against foreign powers.

He revealed plans for two military ships that could be deployed for crisis support as well as military operations, the BBC reported.

Mr Williamson explained HMS Queen Elizabeth will travel to South East Asia as part of the policy via the Mediterranean and Middle East carrying the United Kingdom and US's latest £70 million F-35 jets.

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Britain must be ready to use "hard power" against Russian Federation and China, defense chief Gavin Williamson said as London prepares to deploy its largest warship into contested Pacific waters.

The carrier will ferry its contingent of state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets as well as US Marine Corps F-35s as it ventures into a region where "China is developing its modern military capability and its commercial power", he added.

"The price of non-intervention in global crises has often been unacceptably high", he said.

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He said: "More European nations need to be ready and capable of responding to step up to a two percent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target and not being distracted by the notion of an EU army".

"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he will add.

"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and, most importantly, make it clear that we are the country that will act when required and a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", he said.

The UK needs to strengthen its "lethality" and must be ready to "use hard power" to uphold it interests against nations like Russian Federation and China, Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

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