General Richard Barrons admitted that the British Army would be overwhelmed by a Russian air campaign, the Financial Times reported Saturday. "Neither the UK homeland nor a deployed force — let alone both concurrently — could be protected from a concerted Russian air effort," he wrote in his 10 page private memorandum to Michael Fallon, defense minister.
He said, "There is no top-to-bottom command and control mechanism, preparation or training in place for the UK armed forces [to defend home territory] . . . let alone to do so with Nato."
UK has been using military as a foreign policy tool at the expense of insurance policy. "So far there is a lot of talk about deterrence across Nato but what really matters is whether it is credible, certainly as far as Russia is concerned," Barrons said.
Earlier this year, a leaked report seen by the Times, revealed that the UK and NATO were "struggling to catch up" with Russia in terms of modern warfare.
Russia is more advanced "in every respect — whether it's nuclear, whether it's land forces, whether it's maritime," General Richard Shirreff told Sky News.
Recently the Ministry of Defense has set up a plan to ensure the forces "have the most effective and innovative capability available." The military budget is also set to be increased.
All in all, according to Barrons, the main challenge for the Defense Ministry is not the money, but strategic oversight and planning.