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  1. April 15, 2014

    Defenders of union come under fire over tactics

    Philip Hammond, defence secretary, on Tuesday concluded two weeks of heavy pounding by the British military on Alex Salmond,...

  2. April 15, 2014

    First Sea Lord warns on Scottish independence

    A vote for Scottish independence would strike at the “very heart” of Britain’s maritime defence forces, the UK First Sea...

  1. March 15, 2014

    Hammond ridicules Scots plan for independent military

    Philip Hammond, UK defence secretary, has ridiculed Scottish nationalist plans for an independent military, insisting...

  2. 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...

  3. 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”,...

  4. February 16, 2014

    Ed Miliband puts climate change centre stage

    The floods and storms of the past month have prompted a fresh Westminster row over climate change even as official figures...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. February 10, 2014

    Government told of risk posed to flood defences from funding cuts

    Thames flood water reaches highest level in decades The Environment Agency has had to endure “massive” cuts to its budget...

  8. January 30, 2014

    UK’s Joint Forces Command to have bigger role in military projects

    UK military projects and procurement will fall increasingly to the new Joint Forces Command, the defence secretary has said,...

  9. 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...

  10. January 24, 2014

    Inflexion goes cold on Jeremy Hunt’s Hotcourses

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has suffered a setback in his attempt to sell his education listings business after...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. November 6, 2013

    Coalition uses Clyde yards’ survival as argument for union

    The decision by BAE Systems to close the shipbuilding yard at Portsmouth and focus instead on two on the Clyde was...

  18. Westminster Blog

    November 6, 2013

    Using BAE job losses to beat the SNP is risky

    The Govan shipyard This morning, BAE confirmed what had been trailed heavily last night: the company is to shut down the...

  19. November 6, 2013

    Scotland’s deputy first minister rebuffs warning on Clyde shipbuilding jobs

    Scotland’s government on Thursday sought to allay fears that independence would end naval shipbuilding on the Clyde by...

  20. November 4, 2013

    Q&A: UK aircraft carrier contracts

    Britain will this week reveal another big increase in the cost of building its two new aircraft carriers, declaring that...

  21. November 4, 2013

    MPs open fourth inquiry into aircraft carrier cost

    A powerful committee of MPs will open a fresh inquiry into the spiralling cost of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, after the...

  22. November 3, 2013

    Aircraft carriers’ cost to rise to £6.2bn

    Britain will this week reveal another substantial increase in the cost of building its two new aircraft carriers, declaring...

  23. October 25, 2013

    Liam Fox pours doubt on army reservists plan

    Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, has cast doubt on the government’s plans to use reserve forces to plug the gap...

  24. October 16, 2013

    Philip Hammond plan to outsource arms buying at risk of collapse

    Radical plans to part-privatise British defence procurement are at risk of collapsing, the Financial Times has learnt, as...

  25. October 8, 2013

    UK’s Philip Hammond challenges SNP on Scotland defence policy

    Philip Hammond, UK defence secretary, has challenged the Scottish National party to explain how an independent Scotland...

  26. October 6, 2013

    Privatised arms procurement plans in Labour’s sights

    Plans to put private companies in charge of buying weapons for British armed forces will come under fresh attack this week...

  27. September 29, 2013

    UK becomes first state to admit to offensive cyber attack capability

    A declaration by Britain that it is developing the capability to carry out offensive cyber attacks against other nations has...

  28. September 10, 2013

    Hammond rejects Brussels defence procurement plan

    The UK has vowed it will resist ceding any power to Brussels as the European Commission seeks to centralise Europe’s defence...

  29. September 2, 2013

    UK could yet respond with force to any new Syria attacks

    Britain yesterday left open the door for participating in military strikes against Syria – but only in response to new...

  30. August 6, 2013

    Fracking licences granted in 13 cabinet members’ seats, study finds

    More than half of Britain’s cabinet ministers could see shale gas exploited in their constituencies, according to research...

  31. July 23, 2013

    Gatwick offers ‘cheapest’ solution to airport capacity debate

    Gatwick has underlined its ambition to become a stronger rival to Heathrow by weighing the case for bringing one of the...

  32. July 22, 2013

    Facts finally collide with ideology on Europe

    There have been some glum faces around David Cameron’s cabinet table of late. To the chagrin of some eurosceptic colleagues,...

  33. July 15, 2013

    Tories dismiss Lib Dem ideas for Trident

    Tensions between the coalition partners over the future of Britain’s nuclear weapons system have been exposed as the Liberal...

  34. July 15, 2013

    Q&A: UK Trident review

    Why is the future of Britain’s nuclear weapons suddenly the focus of debate? The UK needs to take a decision over the future...

  35. July 3, 2013

    SMEs offered incentives to cover army reservists

    Britain’s small and medium-seized companies are to be offered a package of incentives by the Ministry of Defence to help...

  36. June 26, 2013

    Spending Review: UK’s spying agencies win 3.4% real-term increase

    Britain’s three security services – MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – won a real-terms budget rise in George Osborne’s spending review,...

  37. June 26, 2013

    Spending review: Holdouts get best deal

    If George Osborne ever conducts another spending review, his cabinet colleagues have learnt one thing from Wednesday's...

  38. June 26, 2013

    2013 Spending Review: Osborne sets the terms of debate

    When George Osborne last gave a spending review in 2010, the coalition government was fresh, his cabinet colleagues happily...

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