One CBRN unit to guard the U.K.

A sole military unit responsible for guarding the United Kingdom against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks will reportedly be formed by members of the Royal Air Force.

The new move, due to be made sometime within the next three months, comes as the British military is slashing its budget by up to eight percent, according to The Mirror.

Senior army insiders are not pleased with the proposal. Many warned that disbanding existing CBRN units will weaken security in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be held in London.

Former officer and Tory MP Patrick Mercer called the move a serious blow to the British national defenses.

A total of four army bomb units are slated to be axed with less than a year to go before the beginning of the Olympics. These units have years of experience behind them.

“They’re expecting people to become experts in chemical warfare in 12 weeks when it’s taken us 12 years,” an unnamed source said, The Mirror reports. “The Army has got the numbers and the expertise to deal with threats like the Tokyo underground attack or dirty bombs. That is just not what the RAF is about.”

The U.K. Ministry of Defense attempted to reassure the public that, despite dirty bombs being rated as the top threat to the games, the reorganization would proceed smoothly.

“We will continue to have a robust and effective capability,” an MOD spokesman said, The Mirror reports. “Any changes will not affect the Olympics or CBRN protection.”