Yorktown Institute Fellow Robert Clark’s Telegraph column was the focus of a recent article in Newsweek. Deputy Weekend Editor Gabe Whisnant covered the column’s arguments for the necessity of a stronger British military as well as provided additional context for the challenges facing both sides of the Atlantic.
“In an emailed response to Newsweek on Sunday, Clark reiterated that improved military recruiting, in addition to defense spending, is a crucial issue for the United Kingdom to become more independent during this era of uncertainty.”
‘It’s been well documented that youth generations both in the U.S. and the U.K. are not as drawn to the sense of either national service or travel and adventure,’ said Clark, a Fellow at the Yorktown Institute in Washington. ‘Therefore, the offer and the hooks (for recruitment) must better align with expectations of financial stability, career advancement and opportunities to move horizontally within an organization. Larger pay rises above other public sector jobs is a must.’
Clark said the U.S. could improve its military posture in Europe by re-establishing military deterrence by both ‘denial and punishment.’ He added the U.S. should increase its defense budget by 1-2 percent by ‘cutting social welfare programs and diverting a portion of this to the border situation with Mexico, thereby breaking the Congressional deadlock and showing Moscow that Washington is taking defense seriously again.’
He also noted to Newsweek that all eyes, worldwide, are on the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
‘(Joe) Biden has remained steadfast on US NATO commitments, however, and (Donald) Trump has hinted at before withdrawing from the alliance, which would have catastrophic repercussions for European security as many member states consistently fail to reach even a base standard for defense spending,’ Clark told Newsweek.
‘Almost every European head of state is terrified of a Trump administration, whilst Biden, as chaotic and indecisive as he can be, has still maintained to support NATO and, fundamentally, Ukraine.'”