RAF running out of funds while government ‘bangs on’ about cyber threat, says former defence chief

The RAF risks falling behind in the government’s obsession over the cyber threat, a former Chief of the Defence Staff warns.

Defence cuts have left the RAF struggling to meet its operational commitments and as celebrations for the centenary year of the RAF continue, the government is once again pressed on funding for Britain’s armed forces.

Lord Stirrup, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) from 2006 to 2010, says the defence review of 2015  was a sound plan to return the strategic coherence that had been lost in the dramatic savings demanded from the 2010 review, but it was not funded.

The gap between funding and commitments means the government needs to come up with new money or a new plan, he…

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