Boris Johnson’s government unveils new defense and foreign policy strategy
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday unveils a new defense, security, and foreign policy strategy, in which Russia is identified as the main threat to the country.
In a comprehensive survey titled “Global Britain in an Age of Competition,” Russia, Iran, and North Korea are characterized as “hostile states,” and China as a major commercial competitor.
“Russia will remain the main direct threat to Great Britain,” the CNN channel quoted the text of the document. “Russia is the most serious threat in the region, and we will work with NATO allies to ensure a common response from the West, combining military, intelligence, and diplomatic efforts.”
According to CNN, in order to achieve its goals, the British government wants to increase defense spending by £ 24 billion ($ 33.3 billion) over the next four years.
According to the survey, the country intends to increase its stockpile of nuclear warheads by more than 40 percent to ensure its safety in the face of heightened risks and new technological threats.
The text of the document notes that the UK faces risks from states already possessing nuclear weapons or developing nuclear capabilities and that it needs nuclear deterrent to ensure its own security and that of its allies.
“Some states are now significantly increasing and diversifying their nuclear arsenals,” the document says. “Increased global competition, challenges to the international order, and the proliferation of potentially disruptive technologies all pose a threat to strategic stability.”
As part of its containment strategy, the UK will increase the number of nuclear warheads to 260. The country also plans to replace its current nuclear warhead with a new one that will last for the lifetime of four new submarines under construction and due to enter service in the early 2030s. … London will work with the United States to ensure technology interoperability.
The Johnson government is also committed to expanding its space program, stating that space is becoming an important area of commercial and military competition.
In the field of space exploration, the UK lags significantly behind the leading space powers: the United States, Russia, China, India, and the European Union. Now Johnson wants to make the country a “big player” in the space race. The document says the UK intends to establish a Space Command by the summer of 2021 and develop the capability to launch its satellites from Scotland by 2022.
Space technology has become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK since 2010, with 42,000 employees and revenues of £ 14.8 billion ($ 20.5 billion) a year, according to the government.
The UK will also strive to maintain its place as one of the world’s leading cyber powers by developing technologies in the fields of quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI).