Liz Truss pledge for defence will likely mean 42,000 extra troops as part of £157bn splurge

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The paper from a top think tank said such a boost in defence expenditure - from about 2% at present - would mark the biggest rise since the early 1950s, when the UK was concerned the Korean War might escalate into a wider conflict with the then Soviet Union. It would equate to a 60% rise.

Read the report: From Famine to Feast? The Implications of 3% for the UK Defence Budget, by Malcolm Chalmers, 2 September 2022