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  1. June 6, 2013

    Britain revives links with Myanmar’s military establishment

    Britain has launched a push to revive relations with Myanmar’s military, with the UK’s Chief of Defence Staff visiting the...

  2. March 19, 2013

    UK announces new chief of defence

    General Sir Nicholas Houghton has been chosen as the new chief of the defence staff, Britain’s top military figure,...

  1. January 24, 2013

    Frontrunner to head armed forces emerges

    General Sir Nicholas Houghton, the vice chief of the defence staff, has emerged as the frontrunner to take over as the head...

  2. December 23, 2012

    Notes from a course on complex times

    The British have made a fetish out of muddling through. Caught unawares, suffering setbacks, mustering individual and...

  3. December 19, 2012

    UK to pull out 4,000 troops in Afghanistan

    David Cameron is set to announce on Wednesday that about 4,000 British troops will return from Afghanistan in 2013, cutting...

  4. The World

    December 11, 2012

    Cameron's reality check on military intervention

    David Cameron at a Syrian refugee camp (Getty) David Cameron has long been anguished by the unwillingness of the west to do...

  5. November 15, 2012

    Defence chief raises concerns over cuts

    Britain’s defence department sought on Thursday to clarify comments made by the chief of defence staff that raised questions...

  6. May 9, 2012

    UK opts for F35 jump-jet version

    The UK government on Thursday reversed plans regarding the fast jets that it is buying for future aircraft carriers,...

  7. March 26, 2012

    Afghan soldier kills two British troops

    Two British troops were shot dead by an Afghan soldier inside a base in southern Afghanistan on Monday, in the latest sign...

  8. March 8, 2012

    Ministers defend UK role in Afghanistan

    Britain’s defence chiefs on Thursday stressed that the UK should not be deflected from its role in Afghanistan by the deaths...

  9. December 14, 2011

    Top general predicts UK overseas missions

    General Sir David Richards, Britain’s chief of defence staff, has said it would be “foolhardy” to assume that the UK will...

  10. July 6, 2011

    PM announces ‘modest’ Afghan troop withdrawal

    The UK will bring 500 soldiers home from Afghanistan by the end of next year, David Cameron has announced, as the government...

  11. Westminster Blog

    April 27, 2011

    Fox on targeting Gaddafi

    The question of whether Gaddafi is a target for airstrikes has hung over the Libya campaign. The convoluted explanations...

  12. April 25, 2011

    US and UK to look at Libya fuel blockade

    Britain and the US will on Tuesday examine fresh ways to undermine Muammer Gaddafi’s forces inside Libya, looking to see...

  13. April 7, 2011

    Cameron vetoes more army cuts

    Downing Street vetoed an option to cut army numbers further even though it was backed by service chiefs, according to...

  14. March 21, 2011

    Downing St holds option of attacking Gaddafi

    Senior ministers are leaving open the option of targeting Muammer Gaddafi during military action to protect the Libyan...

  15. February 17, 2011

    Wake up to £17bn cybercrime, business told

    British companies have been told by ministers to raise their game in the fight against cybercrime after a government study...

  16. January 27, 2011

    Fox defends scrapping Nimrod

    Liam Fox, the defence secretary, has robustly defended the government’s decision to scrap the Nimrod MRA4 reconnaissance...

  17. December 15, 2010

    Forces urged to face tough spending calls

    Britain’s armed forces must prepare for “difficult and politically charged decisions” as the government works through the...

  18. Westminster Blog

    December 7, 2010

    Cameron, Afghanistan and the "training mission"

    There is a clear, unremitting pattern to David Cameron’s announcements on Afghanistan: they all point to the exit. Today he...

  19. November 23, 2010

    Top general urges forces to back cuts

    General Sir David Richards, the new chief of defence staff, says the military must accept the need for cuts if Britain is to...

  20. Westminster Blog

    November 8, 2010

    Richards: we'll be in Afghanistan for as long as it takes

    The Whitehall battlelines over Afghanistan are coming into focus. General Sir David Richards this morning made absolutely...

  21. Westminster Blog

    October 29, 2010

    MI6 chief tells Cameron that terrorism threat is not from Afghanistan

    Sir John Sawers, the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, has never been one for the shadows. While he served as...

  22. September 29, 2010

    On manoeuvres: Fox vs Cameron

    October 2005 Fox stands against Cameron for the Conservative party leadership. Fox loses, but emerges as key figure on the...

  23. August 21, 2010

    The Diary: Sarah Sands

    Many who have studied the history of Afghanistan, such as Rory Stewart, the adventurer and Foreign Office romantic who is...

  24. July 18, 2010

    UK boosts Afghan aid to speed troop exit

    UK spending on aid projects in Afghanistan is to rise by 40 per cent as the government attempts to set a path for...

  25. July 14, 2010

    New defence chief faces two-front war

    Britain’s armed forces are at war in Afghanistan and facing cuts at home. By any standards, it is a fraught time to change...

  26. July 14, 2010

    Richards chosen as head of military

    General Sir David Richards, the head of the army, was on Wednesday appointed Britain’s chief of defence staff – the UK’s...

  27. June 14, 2010

    Chief of defence to depart after review

    Troop numbers could be cut under this summer's "rigorous" defence review, Liam Fox, the defence secretary, admitted...

  28. June 13, 2010

    UK chief of defence to depart after review

    Change of guard: Sir Jock Stirrup talking to troops in Afghanistan last month. A controversial figure, his departure is not...

  29. February 18, 2010

    The long war

    Never mind the defence review. The chiefs are still bogged down in this year's budget negotiations. Most people naturally...

  30. February 10, 2010

    Drayson to spike guns of defence chiefs

    Lord Drayson, the defence minister, will launch an attack today on Britain's defence chiefs, condemning their attempts to...

  31. February 9, 2010

    Drayson attacks defence chiefs

    Lord Drayson, the defence minister, will launch an attack on Wednesday on Britain’s defence chiefs, condemning their...

  32. February 2, 2010

    Forces battle for dwindling resources

    Bob Ainsworth, defence secretary, will on Wednesday propose promoting the head of joint operations to equal rank with...

  33. January 21, 2010

    UK warfare debate

    The heads of Britain’s Army and Royal Navy have this week been engaged in a vigorous public argument on the future of the UK...

  34. January 21, 2010

    Military chiefs' dispute alarms Whitehall

    This week's open dispute between the heads of the army and the Royal Navy over the future of Britain's armed forces is being...

  35. January 20, 2010

    Military chiefs’ clash alarms Whitehall

    This week’s open dispute between the heads of the army and the Royal Navy over the future of Britain’s armed forces is being...

  36. January 20, 2010

    Aircraft carriers must be built, navy chief warns

    The head of the Royal Navy yesterday warned that Britain must press ahead with plans to build two new aircraft carriers in...

  37. January 19, 2010

    Aircraft carriers must be built, says Navy chief

    The head of the Royal Navy on Tuesday warned that Britain must press ahead with plans to build two new aircraft carriers in...

  38. The World

    November 19, 2009

    Afghanistan: Karzai's commitment on Afghan army and police

    By James Blitz, defence and diplomatic editor, in Kabul President Hamid Karzai’s inauguration speech has long been seen as a...

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