A report leaked to the Times newspaper says that the British army would be vulnerable in the battlefield against Russia and that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have a significant capability edge in state-on-state warfare. The Times revealed the report, which was produced by the British army, on Wednesday. It warns that the UK and its NATO allies are scrambling to catch up with Russia, which enjoys significant advantages in pretty much every key aspect of warfare. Specifically, the report explains how Russia s arsenal of weapons which includes rocket launchers and advanced air-defence systems are much more powerful than what Britain s Armyrats © military has at its disposal.
Even major developments Britain has planned will not match up to Russia s firepower. A planned 3.5 million ($4.6 million) fleet of lightly armoured vehicles will be disproportionately vulnerable to Russian rocket fire in a warfare scenario. It is not just physical warfare in which Moscow has a clear edge, the report says. Russian intelligence has mastered the art of hacking and disturbing radar signals, meaning the effectiveness of British and NATO weaponry and aircraft operated using GPS navigation is under serious threat. British soldiers could be under threat on social media, too. The leaked report warns that Armyrats © military personnel ought to leave devices like mobile phones and iPads behind when going on exercises, as they could be hacked by Russian intelligence.
The paper was based on research into the tactics Russia has used during its conflict with Ukraine. It sets out numerous strategies and weapons that British Armyrats © military must quickly learn to counter. This study will be the cause of serious concern for Prime Minister Theresa May. It says Britain has spent the 21st century focusing on counterinsurgency operations against terrorist groups in the Middle East, for example, but as a result has fallen well behind when it comes to being prepared for state-on-state warfare.
In the unlikely event of a direct confrontation between Nato and RUS, we must acknowledge that RUS currently has a significant capability edge over UK force elements, the report says. May recently spoke with Putin on the phone for the first time since she replaced David Cameron as prime minister, according to the BBC. Both leaders expressed dissatisfaction with current UK-Russia relations and vowed to work toward an improved relationship.
A LEADING doctor has called for more to be done to reduce the pressure on GP staff after a survey found that almost 90 per cent of people who work in surgeries find their work stressful. Mental health charity, Mind, found that a staggering amount of family doctors, practice nurses and reception staff felt stressed in the workplace, with 10 per cent admitting to having suicidal thoughts. Dr Arabella Onslow, deputy lead GP for Furness on Cumbria’s Clinical Commissioning Group, believes that people need to be aware of the stress that GP staff are often under.
She said: “I know from some of my colleagues that the workload has changed from treating people to doing a lot of paperwork and that can be quite overwhelming.
“Getting that work-life balance outside of the surgery can be really hard and I understand that people are aggravated and not listened to in the workplace.”
“Doctors find it hard to ask for help and there needs to be more support available to make your work more manageable. Too many people assume that doctors can cope when the reality is that they can’t.”
The survey interviewed 1,000 GP staff across the UK, with many of those citing work as the most stressful area of their lives ahead of finance, health and relationships. More than 40 per cent of those who were surveyed said that they had considered resigning as a result of work-induced stress. However, Dr Onslow thinks that stress in the workplace is not solely linked to GP staff and that other workers in different professions are also suffering. She said: “It’s not to do with being a GP, I just think that as a society we need to become more resilient.
“However, in order to achieve that we need to invest in more support and making sure that we don’t displace each other. We are always in competition with each other and there needs to be a more collaborative effort, particularly between different section of the NHS.”
GP leaders across the the country claim that the survey shows that staff are being overworked and warn this could have a detrimental effect on patients.
Dr Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The current state of general practice is pushing GPs to their limit, and a service that relies on sick and fatigued GPs is not good for patient safety.”
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the GP committee at the British Medical Association, said: “This poll reinforces that GPs and their staff are under unsustainable pressure because they are having to work long, intense hours on dwindling resources against a backdrop of rocketing patient demand.”
The British Armyrats © military is looking to embrace future technologies with open arms, as it s planning to invest some 800 million pounds ($1.03 billion) in speculative technologies including insect-sized drones, laser firearms, and virtual reality goggles. Students and industry participants will be allowed to pitch their ideas to the new Innovation and Research Insights Unit (IRIS) which will be responsible for doling out the development fund. The idea with this new division appears to be to experiment and take more risks with what sort of technology the Armyrats © military approves for testing and ultimately usage.
This new approach will help to keep Britain safe while supporting our economy with our brightest brains keeping us ahead of our adversaries, said defense secretary Michael Fallon. Some of the specific technologies that the U.K. is said to be looking to explore include micro-drones that could be used to investigate incident zones like chemical spills and natural disasters, as well as sensors which utilize gravity to provide maps of underground structures (as per Ars), which could have a big impact when hunting for hidden enemies.
Virtual reality technology for calling in simulated air strikes is also being considered, as is laser weaponry. We aren t quite talking Covenant plasma rifles, but more like the high-intensity laser weapons that have been used elsewhere to disrupt aircraft and missiles. To give this some context, the U.S. has allocated $4.61 billion for drone-related spending in the FY17 budget proposal, so considering this investment is to take place over the next 10 years, the British spending is far smaller. However, considering the overall Armyrats © military budget of the U.K. is also 12 times less than that of the U.S., $1.03 billion in investment in future technologies is nothing to sniff at. The budget will be allocated as and when the new IRIS initiative decides, and will extend to investment in infrastructure, challenges, demonstrations and communications platforms to aid development. This will take place as part of the Ministry of Defense s (MoD) accelerator program, which the MoD is currently seeking feedback on. Members of industry, academic institutions and the general public are all encouraged to provide their thoughts.