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    1. July 18, 2016

      A wonk’s guide to the Trident nuclear deterrent

      What were MPs voting for? Probably not what you think. Popularly, Monday’s vote in parliament is understood to be for...

    2. July 13, 2016

      Defence groups challenged over charges for parties and donations

      Defence contractors have been accused of charging the taxpayer for staff Christmas parties and charitable donations, as...

    1. July 8, 2016

      F-35 stealth fighter jets take to UK skies despite cost fears

      Britain’s newest combat aircraft made its UK debut on Friday, with government officials and military top brass out in...

    2. June 20, 2016

      MoD set to privatise repatriation and burial of war casualties

      Repatriation and burial of war casualties and notification of next of kin are to be run by the private sector with the...

    3. June 8, 2016

      Problems that plague the Royal Navy echo the mismanagement of old

      Admiral David Beatty declared 100 years ago at the Battle of Jutland: “There’s something wrong with our bloody ships...

    4. June 7, 2016

      Royal Navy warships cannot take the heat, MPs told

      The engines powering the Royal Navy’s cutting-edge fleet of Type 45 destroyers are unable to operate continuously in...

    5. June 3, 2016

      Military think-tank says Brexit will cause defence shock

      A Brexit vote would be the biggest security and defence shock for the UK since the end of the empire and the withdrawal...

    6. May 30, 2016

      Defence spending by Nato’s Europe states up as uncertainty rises

      Defence spending by Europe’s Nato states is set to rise for the first time in nearly a decade, figures show, as fears...

    7. May 19, 2016

      New aircraft carriers boast space shuttle technology

      Britain’s two £6bn aircraft carriers will have flight decks capable of withstanding virtually the same temperatures as...

    8. April 5, 2016

      Is UK steel really a strategic industry?

      Steel’s importance to Port Talbot is obvious. Less clear is how strategic Tata Steel’s UK business is to the remainder...

    9. April 5, 2016

      Army banks on business to swell its ranks of reservists

      The army is courting Britain’s biggest businesses as recruiting sergeants, as it steps up plans to draft thousands more...

    10. April 1, 2016

      Ministry of Defence steps up cyber security operations

      The Ministry of Defence is to spend £40m building a new cyber defence operations centre to improve its protection from...

    11. March 17, 2016

      Royal Navy plans drone war game exercise

      The Royal Navy has unveiled plans for its first “robot war-games” in October, when drones and autonomous seacraft will...

    12. February 9, 2016

      Labour splits deepen over renewal of Trident

      Labour divisions over defence policy were thrown into sharp relief on Tuesday as senior figures clashed publicly about...

    13. February 2, 2016

      Solar-powered spy drones to join Britain’s fleet of military aircraft

      A British-designed solar-powered drone operating at the edge of space will soon join Britain’s fleet of military...

    14. January 29, 2016

      UK’s £1bn destroyers need refit after engine trouble

      The engines of the Royal Navy’s most expensive warships will have to be refitted at a cost of tens of millions of...

    15. January 28, 2016

      Defence suppliers overcharging by up to £26m

      Companies chosen as sole suppliers of military equipment could be overcharging the UK government by up to £26m,...

    16. January 21, 2016

      Trident’s supporters make renewed case for the defence

      On a visit to the cloud-shrouded, high-security base that is home to Britain’s nuclear arsenal, Michael Fallon was...

    17. January 18, 2016

      Nuclear submarine project looks to take lessons on board

      An icy January wind races across the dockyard at Barrow-in-Furness, chased by pellets of rain. Thirty years ago Brian...

    18. December 13, 2015

      MoD warns Rolls and BAE over Trident replacement project

      The government has fired a warning shot across the bows of Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems, lead industrial partners in the...

    19. December 4, 2015

      Defence ministry comes under fire over pilot training contract

      In the week in which the RAF began bombing Isis targets in Syria, MPs have criticised the Ministry of Defence for its...

    20. December 2, 2015

      Combat capability of RAF Cyprus base to be bolstered ahead of vote

      British military planners are preparing to double the number of combat aircraft based in Cyprus ahead of the expected...

    21. November 29, 2015

      Head of defence procurement agency bullish on Trident costs

      When Britain revealed last week that estimates for renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent had ballooned by billions of...

    22. November 24, 2015

      Defence review: The rules of conflict have changed

      Have some sympathy for the mandarins of the civil service. Preparing a strategic defence and security review, like the...

    23. November 24, 2015

      Babcock expects to benefit from £12bn extra defence spending

      Babcock International said Britain’s decision to spend billions of pounds on extra equipment as part of its strategic...

    24. November 23, 2015

      Cost of Trident replacement to rise by at least £6bn

      David Cameron has admitted that replacing the Trident nuclear deterrent will cost at least £6bn more than originally...

    25. November 23, 2015

      Defence review: No bonanza for stretched armed forces

      Despite impressive-sounding commitments to expensive new military hardware, Britain’s defence review is far from a...

    26. November 23, 2015

      Defence review: industry welcomes spending commitment

      David Cameron has promised that Britain’s armed forces will be “better equipped and better supplied” than ever as he...

    27. November 23, 2015

      A partial fix for Britain’s hollowed-out military

      David Cameron’s second strategic defence and security review strikes a markedly different tone from his first. Back in...

    28. November 23, 2015

      Spending review is a well-choreographed sham

      This week you are invited to believe in the strategic prowess of government. On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron...

    29. November 23, 2015

      Defence review: Cameron diverts £12bn to fortify UK against threats

      David Cameron will today pump an extra £12bn into strengthening Britain’s defences against Isis and Russia, but the...

    30. November 23, 2015

      Cameron sets out five-year defence reboot

      David Cameron will on Monday set out a five-year strategic defence plan that he claims will equip Britain to...

    31. November 19, 2015

      UK industry hopes for boost from defence review

      One of the questions to be answered in Monday’s strategic defence and security review (SDSR) is what the new priorities...

    32. November 19, 2015

      Paris attacks: Defence review a response to new security threats

      David Cameron will set out on Monday what security chiefs believe is the most important statement on Britain’s defence...

    33. November 19, 2015

      UK missed chance to develop own drone technology

      David Cameron last month pledged to double the number of killer drones available to the UK military from the existing...

    34. November 17, 2015

      Osborne raises spectre of Isis cyber attacks on UK

      In August, a Birmingham-born hacker for Isis named Junaid Hussain was believed killed by a US drone strike in Syria....

    35. November 17, 2015

      Paris attacks: David Cameron makes stronger case for Syria strikes

      David Cameron said that the case for the UK to bomb Isis targets in Syria had grown stronger in the wake of the Paris...

    36. November 16, 2015

      David Cameron announces £2bn extra military spending to fight Isis

      David Cameron announced on Monday night £2bn of extra military spending aimed at tackling Isis, with investment in...

    37. November 16, 2015

      Spy agencies to counter Isis with extra 1,900 staff

      David Cameron will announce plans on Monday to recruit 1,900 intelligence and security staff, aimed at countering the...

    38. November 9, 2015

      UK to step up spending on spies to counter attacks

      The number of spies trying to stop terrorist attacks will rise as a result of a landmark defence report that will be...

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