A stone-age army: "If they attack us - we will defend ourselves with stones"

Namely, the military industry was deliberately reduced to a basic level after the perception of the disappearance of the threat of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and overstretched almost to the point of unsustainability after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it has been the subject of numerous professional and political analyzes for a long time.
Europe's arms stocks are largely at record lows, and a rapid start-up of a military industry that would begin to produce sufficient quantities of weapons and equipment in a short period of time is not possible after so many decades of neglect, and what would even be possible in quickly getting the industry back on its feet in the beginning the product would not be enough even for Ukraine, let alone to replenish its own stocks.
Confirmation of how bleak the situation is comes from Belgium. Namely, the Belgian army is so short of weapons and money that the soldiers "would have to throw stones" shortly after the start of any conflict, said a former high-ranking member of the Belgian army, General Mark Thies, Politico reports.

Belgian Stone Age Army

Thies, who recently retired with the rank of Lieutenant General, said on Tuesday on the public service VRT that providing a stockpile of weapons to defend against an attack that would last up to two months would require an investment of 5 to 7 billion euros, which is far more than the local government currently allocates.
"If war breaks out here, we will have to throw stones after only a few hours because of the lack of weapons," Thies said. Politico estimates that the weapons shortage is leaving Belgium with a stone-age army.
Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February last year, Western governments have been...

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