Major General Skeates: Lets face it – We are living in Uncertain Times, defencematters.org

The Commander of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Major General Stuart Skeates in an interview with Defence Matters stated that we are currently living in very uncertain times and the threats that we face around the world are very significant and in many respects they are very novel and they will require novel responses…

You mentioned that the UK wanted to take up the leading role for a while now. Does it mean that the UK is troubled by and cares for the security of the Baltic states and Eastern Europe because we might be the “weak spot, weak flank”?

No. I mean, the framework nation concept is all about strengthening relationships and improving our ability to operate together and to operate together within NATO, as well as against any other threat. And the purpose of the JEF is that it is a global response force – it is able to and is intended to operate in any crisis in any part of the world at any time. Particularly, at high readiness.

A large part of what I do is to ensure that the capabilities we have within maritime forces, armies and airforces are sufficiently prepared, sufficiently trained and sufficiently sustainable, that we can react at pace and in a decisive fashion against any particular threat. Läs artikel

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