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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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,...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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”,...

  26. February 20, 2014

    BAE Systems: not so defensive

    The stock market hates uncertainty, right? And since last autumn two big areas of fuzziness hanging over BAE Systems have...

  27. February 14, 2014

    ‘Cost cutter’ to supervise building of aircraft carriers

    The government has brought in Sir Peter Gershon, known as the “cost cutter in chief”, to oversee the building of Britain’s...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. February 10, 2014

    Serco wins first UK government contract since ban lifted

    Serco has won its first contract with the British government since a ban on it bidding for public sector work was lifted 10...

  31. February 10, 2014

    Aerospace manufacturers head to Singapore innovation hub

    When it comes to bragging rights for cutting-edge developments in the aerospace business, Singapore can shout louder than...

  32. February 6, 2014

    March of the white-collar army

    When Katherine Prudhoe booked holiday from her job as a management consultant, she was looking forward to her trip to Kenya....

  33. February 5, 2014

    Anti-nuclear stance was important driver in rise of SNP

    An independent Scotland would take a sharply different view of its defence needs to that of the UK – not least when it comes...

  34. February 5, 2014

    UK’s Taranis drone completes successful test flight

    Britain on Wednesday revealed it secretly flew its controversial, nearly invisible, automated fighter jet drone for the...

  35. February 2, 2014

    UK Ministry of Defence seeks big cuts in support contracts

    The Ministry of Defence is seeking to shave £1.5bn off the money it pays the defence industry annually to help maintain and...

  36. 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,...

  37. 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...

  38. January 29, 2014

    UK and France set to work together on anti-ship missile

    After years of fraught negotiation, France and Britain are for the first time to become mutually dependent in the production...

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