Despite the criticism, Britain has maintained the biggest military budget in Europe. For the fiscal year ending in March 2019, U.K. defense spending is budgeted to be £47.2 billion ($62.5 billion).
But military chiefs have pointed out that much of this money is devoted to renewing the Trident nuclear submarine program and the construction of two new aircraft carriers, leaving conventional forces short of cash.
MP's on the committee highlighted weak army power, pointing to ineffective anti-tank weaponry and outdated rocket technology. The report concluded that the current British Army set up was "at serious risk of being outgunned by its Russian counterpart".
The committee also concluded that Britain had "no substantial missile defence capability" and that Royal Air Force airbases needed upgrading to include radars and rocket interceptors.
The U.K. Navy was also described as under-resourced with the most serious maritime issue said to be the need for more anti-submarine warfare capacity.
This year the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is scheduled to start operation. It is the first of two new aircraft carriers entering service. The £3 billion warships should be escorted and protected by other smaller ships, of which there is a current shortfall.
MP's described the lack of resource to protect the new aircraft carriers as "complacent at best and dangerous at worst". It said Britain should not have to rely on other countries to provide escort.
A Defence Modernisation Programme (DMP) was launched in January, examining at the current state of U.K. defense and firepower. If that report highlights risks, it is expected that the British government will come under more pressure to increase military budgets.