Britain's shrinking army emboldens U.S. foes: ex U.N. ambassador

April 6, 2015 2:30 PM

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Britain's shrinking army emboldens U.S. foes: ex U.N. ambassador

LONDON (Reuters) - Cuts to Britain's defense spending are emboldening Washington's adversaries on the global stage, John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in a newspaper article on Monday, calling for a sharp rise in London's military capabilities.

Britain, traditionally a staunch U.S. ally, is in the process of reducing its armed forces by around a sixth to help cut a large budget deficit. The reforms will leave the army with 82,000 soldiers in 2018, its smallest size since the Napoleonic Wars, and down from 102,000 in 2010.

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