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  1. July 27, 2014

    Language made obligatory for senior British officers

    The British army may have fewer troops stationed abroad than at any point in the last century, but new plans aim to fashion...

  2. July 24, 2014

    Carillion wins £2.8bn contract from UK Ministry of Defence

    Britain’s Ministry of Defence has awarded a Carillion joint venture contracts worth up to £2.8bn to manage its estate. The...

  1. July 21, 2014

    Babcock lifts order book after deal

    Babcock International, a key supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence, has increased its order book to £13.5bn, boosted by its...

  2. July 15, 2014

    Heart of Britain’s military history put up for sale

    The government building where a century of British politicians and military leaders have strategised their war plans is on...

  3. July 2, 2014

    Royal Navy carriers sail into uncharted waters

    On Friday, amid great pomp, the Queen will smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky against the hull of the first of the Royal...

  4. July 2, 2014

    David Cameron urges Whitehall staff to join up as reserve troops

    David Cameron is turning to the men in grey suits in his hour of need, urging 1 per cent of Whitehall staff to sign up as...

  5. June 16, 2014

    UK army chief warns of need to mobilise former soldiers

    Troops who have left the army will have to be recalled if ministers want the service to be able to do everything required of...

  6. June 15, 2014

    UK defence spending to fall below Nato target, says research

    Britain’s defence spending will soon fall below the target set by Nato, according to an analysis commissioned by senior...

  7. June 11, 2014

    Army cuts ‘risk increasing Treasury costs’

    Philip Hammond’s scheme to redesign the army was badly planned, unrealistic and may make it difficult for troops to do their...

  8. June 10, 2014

    Army cuts report delayed by MoD intervention

    The UK public spending watchdog has delayed the publication of a highly critical report into plans to slash the size of the...

  9. June 9, 2014

    Reservists row masks cultural about turn

    When the UK government unveiled its strategic defence and security review within months of coming to power in 2010,...

  10. June 9, 2014

    Plan to boost UK army reserves under fire

    A plan to restructure the armed forces has been placed on a government list of troubled projects in a blow to Number Ten’s...

  11. May 29, 2014

    Battle to keep strength in reserve

    Governments rarely embark on radical plans to recruit thousands of soldiers at the same time as they aim to cut drastically...

  12. May 20, 2014

    Chelsea Barracks project wins approval for first homes

    The Chelsea Barracks development has won the latest step in its battle for planning approval, despite having faced...

  13. FT Alphaville

    May 19, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan has a look at the stubborn refusal of bond yields to rise. NEWS AstraZeneca turns...

  14. May 19, 2014

    Babcock boosted by surge in UK government outsourcing

    Babcock, a key supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence, said a boom in outsourcing by Britain’s coalition government helped...

  15. FT Alphaville

    May 15, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Paging Walter Benjamin: A short modern dance performance and a $364m sale of...

  16. May 14, 2014

    MoD’s ‘quantum compass’ offers potential to replace GPS

    The Ministry of Defence is investing millions of pounds to look for the holy grail of navigation: a tamper and...

  17. May 13, 2014

    Defence ministers spend less on kit but fear hidden costs

    Defence ministers do not know why they spent £1.2bn less than they had planned on equipment for the armed forces last year,...

  18. May 12, 2014

    Capita eclipses rivals to win £1.1bn of first-quarter business

    Capita has eclipsed its outsourcing rivals Serco and G4S to win £1.1bn of work in the first quarter of this year, with new...

  19. May 8, 2014

    UK military to review ban on women in combat roles

    Britain moved closer to allowing women to fight on the front line on Thursday when Philip Hammond, the defence secretary,...

  20. May 1, 2014

    Government papers shed light on sinking of ‘Lusitania’

    Secret Whitehall misgivings about the official account of one of the most debated episodes of the First World War are...

  21. April 28, 2014

    Labour demands ‘open’ defence debate

    Labour is seeking to lift the “shroud of secrecy” placed by ministers over Britain’s next strategic defence review,...

  22. April 20, 2014

    Former UK soldiers bring discipline to work

    As a soldier in Afghanistan, Dan Richards was constantly scanning for roadside bombs. Now, his biggest worry is roadworks....

  23. April 16, 2014

    Army chiefs exposed Camp Bastion troops to ‘unnecessary risk’

    MPs have accused British commanders running the Camp Bastion base in Afghanistan of complacency and inadequate defence...

  24. April 13, 2014

    MoD’s latest procurement plan still ‘a mess’

    Executives from some of the UK’s biggest outsourcing groups have said government attempts to bring in private sector experts...

  25. April 2, 2014

    Defence committee urges Cameron to clarify rules of engagement

    Human rights law could lead to more casualties on the battlefield, according to the head of the cross-party defence...

  26. March 30, 2014

    Seeking clarity on public spending

    When it comes to public finances, Britain’s politicians speak with a single voice. Whichever party wins next year’s general...

  27. March 27, 2014

    Babcock shares fall after rights issue to fund £1.6bn Avincis deal

    Babcock International moved one step closer to becoming the ultimate ‘boys’ toys’ company when the British engineering group...

  28. March 12, 2014

    Crimea shows risks in troop cutbacks, says UK army chief

    Russia’s occupation of Crimea shows the west the dangers of cutting army numbers and reducing the capability to deploy...

  29. March 10, 2014

    Philip Hammond discloses £400m deal to outsource running of military bases

    Britain’s military bases are to be partly privatised in a controversial deal that would see sites such as Portsmouth naval...

  30. March 6, 2014

    MPs hit out at British army reforms

    Reforms to the British army were designed to “fit a financial envelope” with “serious implications for national security”,...

  31. February 28, 2014

    London ‘ghost’ Tube station bought for housing

    One of London’s ‘ghost’ underground stations, used as a command centre during the second world war, has been sold for £53m...

  32. February 27, 2014

    Brooks agreed payments to public officials

    Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the Sun, said she sanctioned payments to public officials on “half a dozen” occasions...

  33. February 20, 2014

    Former Afghanistan commander made head of the Army

    A former commander of British troops in Afghanistan has been appointed as the new head of the Army. Sir Nicholas Carter will...

  34. FT Photo Diary

    February 14, 2014

    Nuclear fallout in the Mururoa Atoll

    Gregory Boissy/AFP PEA ‘Denise’ in the north zone of the Mururoa Atoll, in the southern Pacific Ocean, where the French...

  35. February 14, 2014

    ‘Cost cutter’ to supervise building of aircraft carriers

    The government has brought in Sir Peter Gershon, known as the “cost cutter in chief”, to oversee the building of Britain’s...

  36. February 13, 2014

    Shortfall in UK troops grows as MoD seeks more cuts

    The shortfall in the number of full-time troops needed to run Britain’s armed forces has more than doubled in the past three...

  37. February 13, 2014

    Deadlock over MoD plan for private sector arms experts

    The Treasury and Ministry of Defence are at loggerheads over proposed reforms that would allow the MoD to break civil...

  38. February 10, 2014

    Serco wins first UK government contract since ban lifted

    Serco has won its first contract with the British government since a ban on it bidding for public sector work was lifted 10...

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