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Colonel Richard Kemp voices fears over MoD cuts

Cutbacks in the UK's £37bn annual defence budget have been finalised ahead of the chancellor's Spending Review, the BBC understands.

The reduction is expected to be less than the 10% the Treasury had been seeking, possibly around 8%.

Colonel Richard Kemp, a former British commander in Afghanistan, said he feared that the cuts would create an "incoherent, unbalanced defence position" with some "revisiting of capabilities needed".

  • 16 Oct 2010
  • From the section UK