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UK announces military spending boost, AI and 'Space Command' initiatives

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Britain has announced its largest military spending boost in 30 years, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a £16.5 billion ($21.8 billion) budget increase for the country's armed forces.

(CNN)Britain has announced its largest military spending boost in 30 years, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a £16. 5 billion ($21. 8 billion) budget increase for the country's armed forces.

The announcement has been taken by defense officials and experts as a sign of Britain seeking to carve out its new place on the international stage.

"In the end the [Johnson] got it. . . Britain needs to step up post Brexit," the official said, adding that the expanded defense budget meshed with Johnson's view of the UK's future global role.

The defense official told CNN that the funds would help the armed forces develop a "digital backbone. "

"This announcement demonstrates that the UK remains committed to playing an important role on the global stage," said Karin von Hippel, Director General of the defense think tank, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), adding that it would be "welcome news to the incoming Biden Administration. "

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