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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Westminster Blog

    October 17, 2013

    Defence privatisation in peril

    Back in 2011, the FT broke the news that the MoD was looking to do something no other country in the world has done:...

  5. September 21, 2012

    Cameron ready to champion BAE tie-up

    David Cameron is prepared to champion the €38bn combination of BAE Systems and EADS, after being convinced the deal would...

  6. July 17, 2012

    Military buying to be outsourced

    The Ministry of Defence is planning to hand over to private contractors the £14bn a year job of procuring military...

  7. January 28, 2012

    Labour warns on defence procurement overhaul

    Labour has warned the government against outsourcing control of defence procurement days before ministers unveil plans for a...

  8. December 28, 2011

    MoD faces big bill for equipment cancellations

    The Ministry of Defence is facing costs of hundreds of millions of pounds as a result of cancelling complex equipment deals,...

  9. December 28, 2011

    All that matters is that the tools work

    From Lt Col Chris McIntosh (Rtd). Sir, Bernard Gray and Peter Luff are quite right to state that radical changes are needed...

  10. December 23, 2011

    Plans see MoD lose arms buying role

    The private sector would play an increasingly prominent role in weapons and equipment purchases for the UK’s armed forces...

  11. October 14, 2011

    UK gets sixth defence chief in six years

    Liam Fox’s departure from the Ministry of Defence means the department is getting its sixth secretary of state in just six...

  12. September 12, 2011

    UK military: Smoke clears after the budgetary bonfire

    Britain’s armed forces have been through an immense upheaval over the past year. But while there has been much confusion and...

  13. April 20, 2011

    MoD revamp feeds industry concern

    Senior military officers are to be given more responsibility for managing defence procurement under a Ministry of Defence...

  14. March 24, 2011

    Citigroup drills for Lovegrove

    Citigroup, which has been bulking up its team of energy bankers, has hired veteran oil and gas industry dealmaker Martin...

  15. February 22, 2011

    UK defence cuts

    Last year’s defence review imposed deep cuts on the budgets of Britain’s armed services. But it made no more than a dent in...

  16. February 21, 2011

    MoD to name and shame lax contractors

    Liam Fox is to name and shame defence companies that fail to deliver military projects to the government on time, in a...

  17. January 26, 2011

    Time for bold MoD decisions on security stance

    From Gen Sir Mike Jackson and Mr Nick Chaffey. Sir, Your article “MoD faces new crisis over funding” (January 20) rightly...

  18. December 16, 2010

    MoD critic to lead defence procurement

    Bernard Gray, author of a hard-hitting report on the way the ministry of defence acquires military equipment, was appointed...

  19. Westminster Blog

    December 16, 2010

    Exclusive: Bernard Gray appointed new head of defence procurement

    A big announcement is about to be made by the Ministry of Defence. Bernard Gray — the former Labour adviser and author of a...

  20. November 2, 2010

    Private media

    Bernard Gray, who recently retired as chairman of TSL Education, has joined the advisory network of GMT, a private equity...

  21. June 21, 2010

    Blairite minister defies critics

    John Hutton, a former Blairite cabinet minister, is the latest Labour figure to join George Osborne's "rainbow coalition" to...

  22. June 20, 2010

    Blairite minister defies critics

    John Hutton is to advise chancellor George Osborne on cutting public sector pension costs John Hutton, a former Blairite...

  23. June 2, 2010

    MoD savings drive to hit equipment

    The Ministry of Defence is set to review about 20 equipment procurement projects, worth £10bn in total, as part of its drive...

  24. June 1, 2010

    MoD savings drive to hit equipment

    Consortium of Thales UK, Royal Bank of Scotland and CHC, a helicopter operator, taking over civil search-and-rescue from...

  25. January 26, 2010

    Hutton attacks 'shambles' of troop resources

    British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan missed out on the best fighting vehicles because of a "procurement shambles" at the...

  26. January 25, 2010

    Hutton attacks ‘shambles’ of troop resources

    British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan missed out on the best fighting vehicles because of a “procurement shambles” at the...

  27. December 31, 2009

    Hard choices and the military – expect delays in decision-making

    From Air Vice-Marshal (Rtd) Steve Chisnall. Sir, Your editorial “Decision time for the UK’s military role” (December 28)...

  28. December 8, 2009

    Brown in crackdown on public sector pay

    An assault on "excessive" public sector pay and bonuses was announced by Gordon Brown yesterday with bodies that "squander"...

  29. December 7, 2009

    Brown cracks down on public sector pay

    An assault on “excessive” public sector pay and bonuses was announced by Gordon Brown on Monday with bodies that “squander”...

  30. October 16, 2009

    Industry welcomes radical reform

    Defence companies and industry lobby groups broadly welcomed the publication yesterday of a radical plan to reform...

  31. October 16, 2009

    Damning UK defence equipment review criticises 'infinite demand'

    A damning official report has exposed Britain's defence equipment programme as an unaffordable "fiction", prompting...

  32. October 16, 2009

    Culture of 'toxic incentives' blamed

    There is barely a good word for Britain's defence establishment in Bernard Gray's 296-page review into equipment...

  33. October 15, 2009

    Affordable defence

    Governments across the western world are under huge pressure to slash spending programmes as a result of the global...

  34. October 15, 2009

    Industry hails radical reform plan

    Defence companies and industry lobby groups on Thursday broadly welcomed the publication of a radical plan to reform...

  35. October 15, 2009

    Damning UK defence equipment review

    A damning official report has exposed Britain’s defence equipment programme as an unaffordable “fiction”, prompting...

  36. Westminster Blog

    October 15, 2009

    Gray: the graph that lays bare the MoD mess

    The Bernard Gray review into defence procurement is finally out. It is as damning as billed. Most of the conclusions were...

  37. October 15, 2009

    Extra troops to target Helmand

    Gordon Brown yesterday paved the way for the biggest injection of British troops into Helmand for more than two years in an...

  38. October 14, 2009

    Extra British troops to target Helmand

    Gordon Brown on Wednesday paved the way for the biggest injection of British troops into Helmand for more than two years in...

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