Defence Cuts

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Break Up The Big Banks

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 16 January 2013... 1) BREAK UP THE BIG BANKS From the Guardian's splash: "Labour will r...

What's the Point of Nuclear Weapons?

Alex Ford | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Why do we have them? Why for that matter do any of those nations have them? Why are some nations keen to spend fortunes on programmes developing these weapons - whilst their people go hungry? Because it means they are in that club - vanity.

Is It Time to Face Up to the Truth About Our Armed Forces and Our Defence Policies?

Alex Ford | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

It's time the government looked again at our Armed Forces. Not just with a view to saving money, but actually thinking about what we want them to do and if they are able to do it. The recent defence review was a sham. It didn't take a strategic view of our forces and didn't match them up with the roles we were asking of them.

Barrack Closures Will Save Millions, Insists Hammond

PA | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK

A shake-up of Army bases to accommodate a speeded-up return of all troops from Germany will mean the disposal of seven sites across the country, it ha...

Cut Benefits, Not The Military

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK

The Defence Secretary has told George Osborne the military cannot cope with any more cuts - so the welfare budget should be slashed instead. Philip...

PM Says RAF Red Arrows Future Is Secure

PA | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK

India has signalled it may buy a third tranche of UK-built Hawk aircraft for use by its version of the Red Arrows aerobatics display team, it emerged ...

Rolls-Royce Axes 400 Jobs And 'Plans To Close Defence Site'

PA | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

Aerospace firm Rolls-Royce has announced plans to shed nearly 400 jobs at one of its plants, a union has claimed. The firm is consulting on sheddin...

Defence Cuts Straining Armed Forces

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

Defence cuts mean the armed forces are not able to exert as much influence on the world stage as ministers would like, the chief of defence staff has ...

'Top Heavy' Military Posts Slashed By A Quarter In Latest Army Cuts

PA | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK

The military's "top-heavy" command will be cut by a quarter under the latest in a wave of defence cuts, the Government has said. One in four senior...

Changing Of The Guard

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK

The Army is to lose 17 major units in the biggest overhaul of the service for decades, a move the Labour party claim was delayed to allow the prime mi...

Ministry Of Defence Budget Cuts Could Leave UK Vulnerable, Warn MPs

PA | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Politics

Mass job cuts at the Ministry of Defence are being determined by short-term cost-cutting not long-term military needs, MPs warned on Friday. In a c...

Chris Wimpress

Why Is The SNP Making Waves Over The Black Watch?

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Wimpress | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Politics

It's been covered at length in the Scottish media and less so by publications elsewhere, but the possible axing of the historic Black Watch army regim...

Defence Cuts Rule Out Libya Scale Military Campaign

PA | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics

Britain could struggle to mount another military operation on the scale of the intervention in Libya, MPs warned today. The Commons Defence Committ...

Royal Australian Navy To Recuit Redundant British Sailors

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK

The Royal Australian Navy is planning to recruit British Navy personnel made redundant by government defence cuts. More than 5,000 Royal Navy staf...

How The MoD Wasted £1bn On 'Phantom Tanks'

Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Politics

The Ministry of Defence has spent more than £1bn since 1998 on armoured vehicles that have never appeared, a parliamentary committee has found. Th...

Royal Navy To Cut 350 As Defence Cuts Bite

PA | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- About 350 sailors are being forced out of the Royal Navy against their will as part of defence cuts. A total of around 1,020 N...

BAE Set To Axe Thousands Of Jobs

PA | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Defence giant BAE Systems is set to end days of speculation by announcing around 3,000 job cuts. Union leaders have expressed ...

Gurkhas And RAF In Firing Line As MoD Makes Cuts

PA | Posted 31.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Nearly 150 Gurkhas are to learn that they are being forced out of the Army under the first wave of sweeping cuts to the UK's mili...

Need for a U-Turn

Admiral Lord West | Posted 10.10.2011 | UK Politics
Admiral Lord West

It is the height of folly not to review Defence spending now that we are committed to yet another major operation. Margaret Thatcher in 1982 realised that she would cease to be Prime Minister if the Falklands issue went wrong.