Britain’s ability to “deliver and sustain” an effective fighting force in the face of a “competent” enemy like Russia has been “effectively removed”, according to the Army’s think-tank.
A paper from the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR), seen by the Sunday Times, says defence cuts have caused the “hollowing out or deletion of the Army’s deployed capabilities”.
It also warns that the danger of its one fighting division being wiped out in an afternoon will “weigh heavily” on commanders.
The paper, which was put together by serving and retired army officers and academics after two days of seminars last summer, said there are “a few plausible scenarios” which would see Britain dragged into a war after an attack on another country, despite there not being an “immediate risk of a direct attack by a foreign state”. It continued: