This is a military that spends 48.9 billion dollars each year on defense. Currently, the UK military is only capable of fielding a single armored brigade. The British navy has no aircraft carriers at the moment. Britain unironically has less ground strength than Poland or Ukraine at the moment.
75 years ago this country ruled 1/4th of the earth and had the largest fleet in the world. Now it can only field a single brigade worth of troops.
Its not that only Britain is militarily weak. A 2017 report found that only 5% of Europe's 2 million men in uniform can be fielded for combat.
Most of the personnel are in administration and policing, que the diversity. Even the last bastion of competence, the spec ops are being targeting for feminization.
The question really is, how does Europe spend so much and gain so little in firepower?
I'll put a comparison below between the European big three( Germany, UK and France) vs Russia.
The E-3 spent 148 billion dollars on defense in 2020, this level has more or less remained constant over the years. Russia spent 61 billion.
Their comparable strengths?
E-3 - 6,50000-700,000 personnel, Russia- 900,000 Personnel
E-3 - 700-750 MBTs, Russia- 2,850 MBTs.
E-3- 600-800 artillery pieces both towed and self propelled, Russia- 8000+ artillery pieces
E-3- 570 combat planes, Russia- 1,200 combat aircraft
Britain and France have strong blue water navies, but the Russian submarine fleet is nearly 60 strong and the E-3 haver few subs.
If we were to add Italy to the mix, the Russians would still be superior in numbers. Plus, we have to consider other possibilities. Russian forces are battle hardened and their equipment is combat ready with large stores of ammunition.
The German airforce can't even fly due to lack of pilots and parts. A sad fate for the air force that once conquered Europe.
The RAF has less than 200 combat aircraft today, ironically, this is fewer than Luftwaffe. Europe retvrns to tradition!
Add to this the growing encroachment of diversity commissars, female representation and administrative weight, and their military powers is very poor. What do they exactly spend all this money on?
Is the money for the military sent to some slush fund somewhere or is the European military establishment one big money making pig for bureaucrats?
Regardless, its essential that Europe gets some muscle on. Only when it has some military power can it tell the US to fuck off and pursue an independent destiny for itself. As Turkey and Russia showed in the middle east, military power is the final arbiter of geopolitical realities.
If Russia actually invaded Europe, and the US refused to assist, they'd easily overrun Ukraine, the Baltic states and even Poland perhaps.