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UK: Deep Military Cuts Begin To Affect Security Strategy
The HMS Ark Royal, the UK's last operational aircraft carrier, in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland last November during a farewell tour. (Danny Lawson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
February 24, 2012
| Security
| Europe
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Deep cuts to the UK military budget are starting to be felt across the military and are confronting British officials with difficult decisions on reducing the country’s global military presence and adjusting its foreign policy goals.

The 2010 UK strategic defense review was the largest undertaken since the end of the Cold War.  The cuts, implemented in response to the review and the country’s troubled economy, will lead to layoffs for thousands of armed service personnel.  The cuts will also drive up the already high unemployment rate and hurt the British defense industry.    

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