Philip Hammond has insisted that he is "not looking at reducing manpower" in the Armed Forces ahead of the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.
The Defence Secretary his aim is "forces that will be smaller than we've had in the past but better-equipped, more mobile, more capable."
"In the current spending review, all of the work that we're doing is looking at efficiency savings that could be taken," he said.
"We're not looking at reducing manpower; we're not looking at reducing our equipment programme."
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