Risk of new world war is real, head of UK armed forces warns
There is a risk of a new world war if current, smaller conflicts escalate out of control, drawing in more countries and weapons, the head of the UK armed forces has warned.
General Sir Nick Carter said the global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic could also trigger new security threats, even war.
He also revealed a desire for a multi-year budget settlement from the Treasury this month to enable the military to make the long-term investments needed to modernise.
It is unusual for a senior military officer to comment on an impending political decision.