Former US military chief: UK cuts mean 'no partnership'

A former US defence secretary has warned that cuts to the UK's armed forces will limit its ability to act as a major world player. Robert Gates said the halt on spending would see the UK longer maintaining its status as a full US military partner.

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Former US military chief: UK cuts mean 'no partnership'

A former US defence secretary has warned that cuts to the UK's armed forces will limit its ability to act as a major world player.

Former US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates with David Cameron in 2010. Credit: Carl Court/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Robert Gates said the halt on spending would see the UK longer maintaining its status as a full US military partner.

Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past."

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