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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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”,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. February 5, 2014

    Ministry urges defence companies to warn Scots about independence

    Senior figures at the Ministry of Defence are putting pressure on defence companies to intervene in the Scottish...

  16. February 2, 2014

    UK Ministry of Defence seeks big cuts in support contracts

    The Ministry of Defence is seeking to shave £1.5bn off the money it pays the defence industry annually to help maintain and...

  17. January 29, 2014

    MoD helicopter contracts to secure 1,000 jobs across south

    The MoD has awarded contracts worth £760m to British-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland in a move that will...

  18. January 28, 2014

    MoD to hand over running of bases to private sector

    The Ministry of Defence is expected to appoint a private sector partner to manage its entire military estate – from...

  19. January 24, 2014

    UK poised to place order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets

    Britain is about to commit to the world’s most advanced and expensive fighter jet, after years of controversy and...

  20. January 16, 2014

    Gates criticism strikes chord with UK defence chiefs

    Senior military figures have often raised concern about cuts to UK defence spending and expressed the fear that Britain is...

  21. January 16, 2014

    Former US defence chief Robert Gates warns on UK military cutbacks

    Military cuts are putting at risk the UK’s ability to maintain its role on the world stage, the former US defence secretary...

  22. January 14, 2014

    British MPs to warn on army shortages of vital intelligence staff

    British armed forces face serious shortages of “vital” intelligence personnel, such as interrogators and army spies, MPs...

  23. January 8, 2014

    Senior defence bureaucrat suspended while under investigation

    One of the UK’s most senior defence bureaucrats has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal Ministry of Defence...

  24. January 3, 2014

    Finmeccanica warns after €560m contract is cancelled

    Finmeccanica said the termination notice issued by India over a €560m helicopter contract did not “offer adequate basis for...

  25. December 19, 2013

    Britain’s top soldier fires a warning shot

    For the past three years, senior figures in Britain’s armed forces have repeatedly voiced alarm over the cuts imposed on the...

  26. December 18, 2013

    UK losing ‘courageous instinct’, warns general

    The UK is losing its “courageous instinct” on the international stage in what threatens to become the “most damaging” threat...

  27. December 10, 2013

    Union criticises plan for private sector defence executives

    Civil service unions have criticised plans by ministers to bring in highly paid commercial executives to help run the...

  28. December 9, 2013

    MoD seeks to rescue privatisation plan

    The government is scrambling to salvage key elements of its drive to overhaul the Ministry of Defence’s £14bn procurement...

  29. December 6, 2013

    Ministry of Defence shelves plan to privatise procurement

    The Ministry of Defence is to drop proposals to privatise its £14bn equipment procurement operation. The GoCo scheme, which...

  30. November 28, 2013

    Do not compromise sport for the sake of health and safety

    During Britain’s heatwave in July, three army reservists died in the Welsh Mountains while attempting the “fan dance”, a...

  31. November 20, 2013

    Agius takes first boardroom role after Barclays resignation

    Marcus Agius is to become chairman of employee-owned PA Consulting – his first role since stepping down as chairman of...

  32. November 20, 2013

    Hammond pleads with Tories to back vote on boosting army reserves

    Philip Hammond has pleaded with Conservative MPs not to defy the government by voting against plans to increase army...

  33. Westminster Blog

    November 19, 2013

    Is defence procurement privatisation dead?

    Back in October, the FT revealed that Philip Hammond’s bold plan to part-privatise the MoD’s weapons-buying arm were in...

  34. November 19, 2013

    UK plan to outsource arms buying hit as only one bidder remains

    Britain’s plan to become the first significant power to outsource the buying of its military equipment is close to collapse...

  35. Westminster Blog

    November 14, 2013

    The MoD - brought to you by Serco

    By Roger Beale When news broke that Serco was one of the companies under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for...

  36. November 13, 2013

    Serco UK defence contracts worth £4bn

    Serco has over £4bn worth of contracts with the Ministry of Defence, according to figures seen by the Financial Times,...

  37. November 12, 2013

    Babcock posts 17% rise in first half despite defence cutbacks

    Babcock International, the engineering and support services contractor, has defied defence cuts and turmoil in the...

  38. November 6, 2013

    Government pays for the fall of Pompey

    The Ministry of Defence has come to regret the agreement it signed with BAE Systems in 2009. Under the deal, the government...

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