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The British military has holes but it is no ‘paper tiger’

After nearly two decades of hard military campaigning and 10 years of austerity, does Britain have the world-class military the government says is needed for the 21st Century?

Can we defend ourselves or participate in operations with allies, let alone lead those operations?

In short, are Britain’s armed forces a paper tiger?

The bedrock of Britain’s defence is still Nato, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Funding is an issue, with Britain one of only a handful of members to meet the required 2 per cent of GDP spent on Defence.

But beyond the rhetoric of an alliance in crisis – an argument that has rumbled on since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 – the 29-nation alliance is strong and coherent.

Watch the video to find out how well-prepped Britain is for global conflict.

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