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  1. September 8, 2014

    Defence spending hit the hardest

    Spending on defence fell faster than any other area of government between 2011 and 2013, and expenditure on research and...

  2. September 5, 2014

    Second UK aircraft carrier is given the nod

    David Cameron has decided to put into service a second Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, a vessel he had...

  1. September 2, 2014

    Barack Obama must seize his Nato moment

    Barack Obama joins fellow Nato leaders this week for the Atlantic alliance’s most critical meeting in years. After a summer...

  2. September 2, 2014

    British Army to get armour boost

    David Cameron is to announce an order of nearly 600 new infantry vehicles for the British army this week at the Nato summit...

  3. September 1, 2014

    Division and crisis risk sapping the west’s power

    The people who prepare President Barack Obama’s national security briefing must be wondering what to put at the top of the...

  4. August 26, 2014

    Black hole looms in UK defence, study says

    A new black hole will open up in Britain’s military budget after 2015, according to independent research commissioned by the...

  5. August 20, 2014

    PM urged to protect defence spending

    David Cameron should guarantee to increase spending on the armed forces in line with inflation for the full five years of...

  6. August 18, 2014

    Cameron’s shifting policy on Iraq

    In his four years as prime minister, David Cameron has been quick to urge Britain to take a stand when international crises...

  7. August 14, 2014

    Carillion steps up pursuit of Balfour Beatty

    Carillion has stepped up its pursuit of construction rival Balfour Beatty, telling investors that its proposed deal to...

  8. August 7, 2014

    Military spending cutbacks hit Cobham

    Cobham’s chief executive insisted he was confident the UK-based defence company would return to growth in 2015, despite weak...

  9. August 1, 2014

    David Cameron urges Nato to deter Russian aggression

    David Cameron has urged fellow Nato leaders to back measures to defend the alliance and deter a possible Russian attack,...

  10. July 14, 2014

    Britain needs a defence strategy

    In his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has shown that he is willing to use military force in a crisis. In 2011,...

  11. July 14, 2014

    Cameron announces £1.1bn spending boost for military

    David Cameron is to announce on Monday that the government will invest an additional £800m in boosting the military’s...

  12. July 8, 2014

    Yes vote will end Scottish shipbuilding, union bosses say

    The shipbuilding industry in Scotland will die if the country becomes independent, according to union bosses, who say...

  13. July 3, 2014

    UK plans for stealth fighter fly-past grounded by engine fire

    Defence chiefs have scrapped plans for a fly-past by Britain’s new F-35 stealth fighter at the naming of the Royal Navy’s...

  14. July 2, 2014

    Royal Navy carriers sail into uncharted waters

    On Friday, amid great pomp, the Queen will smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky against the hull of the first of the Royal...

  15. July 2, 2014

    Naming of UK Royal Navy flagship comes as Scottish poll looms

    The naming of the Royal Navy’s new flagship, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, could not have come at a more...

  16. July 2, 2014

    David Cameron urges Whitehall staff to join up as reserve troops

    David Cameron is turning to the men in grey suits in his hour of need, urging 1 per cent of Whitehall staff to sign up as...

  17. July 1, 2014

    Britain should renew Trident nuclear weapons says report

    Britain should renew its nuclear weapons programme, according to a cross-party group of MPs and experts, although it should...

  18. June 30, 2014

    Middle East sales fuel UK aerospace boom

    UK aerospace companies see big opportunities to export components to Chinese aircraft makers, and are also benefiting from a...

  19. June 19, 2014

    Nato urges members not to fall behind on defence spending

    The head of the Nato alliance has stressed to David Cameron the importance of Nato members not falling behind their targets...

  20. June 16, 2014

    UK army chief warns of need to mobilise former soldiers

    Troops who have left the army will have to be recalled if ministers want the service to be able to do everything required of...

  21. June 15, 2014

    UK defence spending to fall below Nato target, says research

    Britain’s defence spending will soon fall below the target set by Nato, according to an analysis commissioned by senior...

  22. June 11, 2014

    Army cuts ‘risk increasing Treasury costs’

    Philip Hammond’s scheme to redesign the army was badly planned, unrealistic and may make it difficult for troops to do their...

  23. June 10, 2014

    Army cuts report delayed by MoD intervention

    The UK public spending watchdog has delayed the publication of a highly critical report into plans to slash the size of the...

  24. June 9, 2014

    Reservists row masks cultural about turn

    When the UK government unveiled its strategic defence and security review within months of coming to power in 2010,...

  25. June 9, 2014

    Plan to boost UK army reserves under fire

    A plan to restructure the armed forces has been placed on a government list of troubled projects in a blow to Number Ten’s...

  26. May 14, 2014

    MoD’s ‘quantum compass’ offers potential to replace GPS

    The Ministry of Defence is investing millions of pounds to look for the holy grail of navigation: a tamper and...

  27. May 13, 2014

    Defence ministers spend less on kit but fear hidden costs

    Defence ministers do not know why they spent £1.2bn less than they had planned on equipment for the armed forces last year,...

  28. May 13, 2014

    Clamour to snare top job reflects rise of select committees

    MPs will vote on Wednesday on who will take over from James Arbuthnot as chairman of the defence select committee, with...

  29. April 28, 2014

    Labour demands ‘open’ defence debate

    Labour is seeking to lift the “shroud of secrecy” placed by ministers over Britain’s next strategic defence review,...

  30. April 13, 2014

    MoD’s latest procurement plan still ‘a mess’

    Executives from some of the UK’s biggest outsourcing groups have said government attempts to bring in private sector experts...

  31. March 30, 2014

    Seeking clarity on public spending

    When it comes to public finances, Britain’s politicians speak with a single voice. Whichever party wins next year’s general...

  32. March 27, 2014

    Baltic states pledge more defence spending as US presses allies

    Latvia and Lithuania became the first European countries to announce big increases in their military spending following the...

  33. March 26, 2014

    Russian aggression shows army is shrinking too fast, say MPs

    Russian aggression in Ukraine shows why British ministers should slow down the pace of cuts in the army, according to the...

  34. March 24, 2014

    Ukraine crisis: Crimea fuels call for rethink of UK defence plans

    Lord Dannatt, the former head of the UK army, has urged the government to send a “military statement” to Russia and cancel...

  35. March 16, 2014

    Cameron’s Britain has lost America’s respect

    Dean Acheson remarked in the 1950s that Britain lost an empire and had not yet found a role. For the next half-century it...

  36. 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...

  37. March 12, 2014

    Crimea shows risks in troop cutbacks, says UK army chief

    Russia’s occupation of Crimea shows the west the dangers of cutting army numbers and reducing the capability to deploy...

  38. 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”,...

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