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1200 jobs cut across the Channel. Soldiers worried

(B2) To say that the British military are grumbling would be an understatement. With the government's latest plan to eliminate 1200 positions out of the 4500 that make up the civil and military administration of the Ministry of Defense, the military is speaking out in the press.

A delay in equipment for operations

Witness this Sunday, in the Sunday Times. The general Figgures Andrew, vice chief of staff for materiel procurement, says he doesn't see how the cuts can be " fully implemented, as long as the current operational tempo continues ". With handling staff reduced by a third, this makes “ more difficult » support for troops engaged abroad.

A single manageable operation in the future?

General Peter Wall, deputy chief of staff for operations, warns: the British operations headquarters which currently controls two main operations, in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be " more capable of handling more than one crisis at a time in the future ». « There is a risk that the reductions will lead to a number of failures in the organization” and of " reduced capacity for emergency planning ».

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).