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DSEI 2021: CGS underlines changing nature of warfare

16th September 2021 - 17:00 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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‘The cycle of competition is heating up and the real challenge is to simply keep up,' British Army CGS Gen Mark Carleton-Smith said on 15 September during DSEI 2021. (Photo: British Army/Crown Copyright)

British Army must run fast to establish a credible advantage over our potential adversaries, says Gen Sir Mark Carleton-Smith.

The Chief of the General Staff (CGS) of the British Army has warned the future character of conflict has already made itself apparent following recent campaigns around the world. 

 Addressing delegates at DSEI on 15 September, Gen Sir Mark Carleton-Smith suggested the ‘hallmarks of a different type of land warfare [were] already apparent’ throughout the contemporary operating environment.

‘Today’s threats feel much more hybrid,’ he warned. ‘The cycle of competition is heating up and the real challenge is to simply keep up.’

Carleton-Smith added: ‘Regaining the operational advantage and being in a position to exploit technological innovation is designed to

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