Thursday, November 8, 2007

British forces 'underfunded and over-stretched'

By Aislinn Simpson Last Updated: 1:38pm GMT 08/11/2007

A group of influential ex-defence chiefs have called on Gordon Brown to give an urgent cash injection to Britain’s overstretched Armed Forces. General Lord Guthrie, Admiral Lord Boyce and Marshal of the RAF Lord Craig, together with former foreign secretary Lord Owen, today launch the UK National Defence Association to press for a major increase in defence spending. With British troops committed on two fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the patrons argue that the Armed Forces are spread too thin.

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