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    1. April 13, 2015

      ‘Protected’ defence leaves councils at risk

      Ministers are likely to protect Britain’s defence budget in a post-election spending round, putting even greater strain on...

    2. April 13, 2015

      Buying Trident would weaken British defence

      Last week, the British election went nuclear. Michael Fallon, a Conservative and the UK’s defence secretary, made the...

    1. April 9, 2015

      Defence industry confident of green light for Trident successor

      To many in the defence industry, the election row over Britain’s nuclear deterrent carries all the hallmarks of a passing...

    2. April 9, 2015

      Tories commit to like-for-like replacement for Trident

      The future of nuclear weapons has taken centre stage in the election campaign, with the Conservatives promising to renew the...

    3. March 25, 2015

      New UK arms procurement chief lured with £535,000 pay package

      The new chief of Britain’s armaments programme is to be rewarded with a £285,000 salary and £250,000 performance-related...

    4. March 24, 2015

      UK pledges to boost Falklands defences

      Michael Fallon will on Tuesday promise to boost British defences in the Falkland Islands, warning that the threat of...

    5. March 24, 2015

      MPs urge review on cost of second aircraft carrier

      Britain must review its decision to operate a second aircraft carrier because of financial pressures on the defence budget,...

    6. March 23, 2015

      Perpetual motion a false ideal in UK foreign affairs

      All zones of public discourse have their excesses and irrationalities, but none like foreign policy. In our golden age of...

    7. March 23, 2015

      Ukip commits to Nato defence target

      The UK Independence party has become the first political party to commit to maintaining the defence budget at the level...

    8. March 20, 2015

      UK defence budget falling £5bn short

      The UK defence budget is facing a potential £5bn black hole because the government has underestimated the cost of buying...

    9. March 19, 2015

      David Cameron takes a holiday from the world

      Shortly after David Cameron’s arrival in Downing Street, an official observed that the UK prime minister showed slight...

    10. March 13, 2015

      Military targets are on spreadsheets

      “UK looks to pad out defence spending” Financial Times, March 11 “Pad out”? As in when journalists add irrelevant details to...

    11. March 13, 2015

      Transatlantic spat exposes deeper cracks

      The British are used to syrupy American tributes to the “special relationship” that binds the US and the UK together. But...

    12. March 12, 2015

      Europe vote will halt sleepwalk to exit, says Cameron

      David Cameron has vowed that his plan to hold an EU referendum will stop Britain “sleepwalking towards the exit”, as he...

    13. March 12, 2015

      Cameron accused of ‘cavalier attitude’ to military spending

      David Cameron has been accused by a former Tory defence secretary of taking a “cavalier attitude” to military spending, as...

    14. March 11, 2015

      Europe lacks commitment to spend on defence

      Does Europe need an army? Jean-Claude Juncker seems to think so. “A common army among the Europeans,” the Commission...

    15. March 10, 2015

      UK looks to pad out defence spending

      David Cameron has asked ministers to investigate if the intelligence agencies budget can be counted as “defence spending”,...

    16. March 10, 2015

      US diplomat Samantha Power warns on UK defence cuts

      A senior US diplomat has cautioned that anticipated defence cuts by the UK and other European countries are “very...

    17. March 9, 2015

      Armed forces face loss of 43,000 personnel, think-tank warns

      Britain’s military will be forced to accept £35bn of budget cuts in the next decade and the loss of at least 15,000 troops...

    18. March 6, 2015

      UK top brass hold fire in defence spending debate

      Britain’s future commitment to defence has sparked a noisy debate, with one notable silence: from the armed forces chiefs of...

    19. March 2, 2015

      Defence projects in the line of fire

      The projects most vulnerable to Ministry of Defence cuts are also those most critical to maintaining industry capacity in...

    20. March 2, 2015

      UK defence sector in peril of losing teeth

      US General Ray Odierno is not the only one worried about the effect of spending cuts on the UK’s military. The head of the...

    21. March 1, 2015

      The dangerous risks Britain is taking with defence

      When circumstances change, defence policy should too. Yet British governments have a patchy record. For many years,...

    22. March 1, 2015

      DUP links post-election deal to protecting UK defence budget

      The largest party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionists (DUP), will seek protection of the UK’s defence budget as a...

    23. February 26, 2015

      Fight or flight will be the UK’s choice on defence

      Britain is heading for a general election whose outcome is unpredictable. What is not in doubt, however, is that whichever...

    24. February 26, 2015

      Nato spending promises largely ignored

      Only two of Nato’s six biggest defence spenders — the US and France — will fulfil a pledge to protect military budgets made...

    25. February 26, 2015

      Arms companies charged taxpayers for croquet and magicians

      Arms companies have fraudulently charged the taxpayer for croquet lessons, horseracing trips, speeding tickets and...

    26. February 20, 2015

      MoD moves ahead on key frigate programme

      The Ministry of Defence is to spend £859m on initial parts for a new fleet of high-tech frigates for the Royal Navy, but...

    27. February 19, 2015

      General election will decide future of the British state

      The general election on May 7 2015 is an important moment in British history. Great doubt exists over the configuration of...

    28. February 17, 2015

      ‘Victory’ and ‘defeat’ things of past, says top UK general

      There will be no clear victories and no clear defeats in the wars of the future, the head of the British army has warned,...

    29. February 11, 2015

      UK warned on reduced military capability

      The UK’s military combat capability has been reduced by up to 30 per cent while Russia and China have been rapidly...

    30. January 21, 2015

      British army faces further cuts, former minister says

      The British army is facing further big cuts to troop numbers, according to a former defence minister who said Whitehall was...

    31. January 15, 2015

      White House home truths for David Cameron

      Forget Europe. Britain can always play Greece to America’s Rome. The notion that a special relationship with Washington is a...

    32. January 13, 2015

      Mounting military equipment costs put UK troop numbers in peril

      The rising costs of huge new military equipment programmes such as the replacement of Britain’s nuclear deterrent mean the...

    33. December 28, 2014

      Focus on underwater warfare calls Nimrod scrapping into question

      The sight of diggers tearing apart a multibillion-pound fleet of maritime patrol aircraft at an airfield near Manchester in...

    34. December 28, 2014

      Fears Nimrod axe endangers UK nuclear deterrent

      The decision to axe Britain’s fleet of maritime patrol aircraft has raised fears that the country’s nuclear deterrent is at...

    35. December 21, 2014

      Law firms take flak after Al-Sweady army torture inquiry

      They are law firms best known for bringing human rights cases against the government in the British courts, with one even...

    36. December 17, 2014

      Era of ships, aeroplanes and troops waning, says UK defence chief

      The age of ships, aeroplanes, tanks and troops as a measure of military might is waning because of big data,...

    37. December 6, 2014

      Bahrain naval base will give UK stronger Gulf presence

      The rising threat from extremist group Isis, a deteriorating civil war in Syria, and the possibility of a nuclear Iran are...

    38. November 20, 2014

      Babcock profits rise as outsourcer fortifies position in defence

      Babcock International has reinforced its position at the heart of Britain’s defence establishment with a series of contract...

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