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    1. 14 hours ago

      George Osborne to pledge £500m to Faslane submarine base

      George Osborne will unveil more than £500m of funding for the Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane in Scotland on...

    2. August 23, 2015

      MoD spending comes with strings attached

      Few people were more surprised than the mandarins at the Ministry of Defence when Chancellor George Osborne announced...

    1. August 4, 2015

      Ageing Tornado jets win reprieve in Iraq role

      The decision to reprieve the squadron of Tornado ground attack aircraft conducting air strikes against the Islamic...

    2. July 29, 2015

      Wave of departures leaves British army under strength

      As defence cuts sap morale, so many soldiers have left the British Army in the last five years that the UK is now 3,400...

    3. July 13, 2015

      UK ministers accused of ‘cooking books’ on defence spending

      MPs accuse ministers of “cooking the books” to ensure Britain hits the Nato target of spending at least 2 per cent of...

    4. July 13, 2015

      Cameron orders more SAS and drone missions against Isis

      David Cameron has directed defence chiefs to escalate SAS and drone missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    5. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Intelligence spend to count towards defence budget

      Hundreds of millions of pounds spent on Britain’s secret intelligence services will count towards the defence budget as...

    6. July 1, 2015

      UK defence secretary hints at keeping troops in Germany

      Michael Fallon has strongly hinted the UK could delay bringing back all its troops based in Germany, as he looks to...

    7. June 30, 2015

      US general warns UK of danger of putting technology over manpower

      Army chiefs are “deluded” if they believe they can keep cutting the number of soldiers while relying on new forms of...

    8. June 25, 2015

      Army reservist plans ‘unachievable,’ watchdog warns

      A plan to hire part-time soldiers to help plug gaps left by defence cuts “appears to be unachievable”, according to an...

    9. June 25, 2015

      Ministry of Defence fends off ‘thousands’ of daily cyber attacks

      The UK’s Ministry of Defence is being hit by “hundreds if not thousands” of serious attempted cyber attacks every day,...

    10. June 24, 2015

      Big projects fuel ‘illusion’ of UK military power, think-tank says

      Spending on huge equipment projects, such as the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft,...

    11. June 21, 2015

      UK faces pressure to commit to Nato target

      The UK will come under further pressure to commit to support for the military on Monday when Nato publishes its latest...

    12. June 18, 2015

      MPs elect critic of military cuts to key UK defence role

      Tory MP Julian Lewis, a fierce critic of his party’s record on defence spending, has been elected as chair of the...

    13. June 18, 2015

      Nato chief is ‘relying’ on UK to meet defence spending target

      Nato is “relying” on the UK to spend billions more on its military to help protect Europe, according to the alliance’s...

    14. June 14, 2015

      Ministers change categories to blow up defence budget for Nato

      Ministers are stretching to the limit what can be counted as defence spending to shoehorn elements of intelligence and...

    15. June 8, 2015

      MoD seeks bidders for military fire and rescue services

      The Ministry of Defence has asked some of Britain’s biggest companies to bid to run the military’s fire and rescue...

    16. June 1, 2015

      Expert warns UK defence spending claims may not meet Nato target

      David Cameron could fall short of a key Nato target on defence spending by up to £1bn and still claim he has met it, a...

    17. June 1, 2015

      Cameron should halt Britain’s military decline

      Britain’s military chiefs are not among those cheering David Cameron’s re-election as prime minister. His government...

    18. May 29, 2015

      Experts warn on dangers of looming defence spending cuts

      Britain will not be able to participate fully in defence exercises in eastern Europe and may have to cut back on vital...

    19. April 27, 2015

      Warning issued on risk of UK military procurement errors

      Britain’s next government risks making flawed decisions in spending its £34bn military budget because of a dearth of...

    20. The World

      April 24, 2015

      Ed Miliband's foreign policy moment

      If Ed Miliband becomes Britain’s prime minister next month what will this mean for the country’s foreign policy? The...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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....

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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