UK Defence

A Time to Reflect

Wing Commander Rachael Caston | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Wing Commander Rachael Caston

I'm still driven by the same instincts to be better and to help develop others, but success is not defined in terms of survival anymore. It's not defined by a badge, a rank or a medal; it's about something so much more important than that, something more personal, something intangible.

Industry and the Defence of Europe

Peter Luff | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

The European Union should not acquire a defence identity - but continuing membership of the EU is profoundly in the interests of our security and our defence industries.

Gates Lifts the Lid on UK Defence Issues

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

The warning issued by former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates over the UK's ongoing programme of cuts to its defence budget - and to its armed forces - was an unusual public intervention in UK policy by a high-profile member of the US political class.

As BAE Cuts Jobs, Is a Strong Defence Sector Really Needed?

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

By Andrew James, University of Manchester The announcement that defence company BAE Systems is to cut 1,775 jobs at its naval warship yards in Portsm...

'End Of An Era For English Shipbuilding'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

BAE Systems has axed 940 jobs in Portsmouth, bringing an end to an 800-year long era of English shipbuilding. The defence giant's announcement wil...

Policy Exchange Is Wrong: Human Rights Will Not Destroy Our Military Capability

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

To exempt the military is to suggest that the Second Estate somehow has a special status. This was the case in the past, when rulers could declare a state of war to enforce repressive policies. But society has advanced. When it comes to the rule of law, no one is special.

Syria and the Risk of Western Disengagement

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

While the US-Russian deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is a welcome sign that diplomacy has a central part to play in this crisis, the retreat from early talk of military action also suggests a growing reluctance on the part of the US and UK to intervene directly in the Middle East. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, it is certainly something new.

'Why Is Boris Letting An Industry Of Death Be Promoted In London?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has drawn widespread condemnation for allowing London to host the world's biggest arms fair that senior London politicians have warned i...

Third Brecon Beacons Soldier Death Named

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

An army reservist who died after falling ill during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons earlier this month "adored the army" and believed pas...

Industrial Strategy - Keep It Simple

Peter Luff | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

We need a strategic approach to industry - but have we gone overboard? Where we used to have nothing, now we have a huge range of government and TSB initiatives with which the private sector must engage.

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.

Response to Most Common Arguments Against Scotland Institute's Defence Report

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

Since publication a number of criticisms have been leveled at the report. This is excellent news. It means that one of the principal aims of the Institute and the report - fostering a lively and evidence-based debate - is being fulfilled.

Only Industrial Partnerships Can Unleash Africa's Growth for the World

Ivor Ichikowitz | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Ivor Ichikowitz

Africa's time is now but its full potential can only be unleashed by those brave enough to forge true partnerships. As economies stumble and fail around the world, the continent is the chief source of hope for global growth but the world's most powerful leaders are ignoring the truth. China's rise is slowing.

'You Are Capable Of Deciding Your Own Destiny

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK

A UFO researcher was so worried about the threat of UFOs he felt compelled to write to her Majesty herself, declassified files have revealed. The l...

MoD Confirms UK Using Armed Drones In Afghanistan

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK

After the Ministry of Defence confirmed the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan, anti-war protestors are set to gather outside an RAF base in Linc...

Cameron Committed to Defence Jobs

PA | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK

The prime minister has insisted he remains committed to keeping defence jobs in Scotland as he prepares to welcome home a submarine crew from their 10...

Shifting Rhetoric on Aid: Latest Example of David Cameron's Political Malaise

Ivan Lewis MP | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ivan Lewis MP

Following the demise of the Big Society and the 'green blue' Tories, aid was the last bastion of David Cameron's claim to have detoxified the Tory brand. However, by abandoning the moral case for aid and seeking to mislead people about its future use, Cameron is revealing how weak he has become.

A Tankless Task

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK

The "Desert Rats", whose tanks defeated Rommel in the sands of El Alamein, turning the tide of WWII, are to lose their armoured vehicles. In a shak...

Special Forces Facing 600 Job Losses

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Politics

Britain's Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is to lose 600 roles, prompting fears that it will hamper the fighting capability of elite units such as...

Cyber Security - It's Not Just the Government's Responsibility

Gary Hibberd | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Tech
Gary Hibberd

In my line of work, I'm rarely surprised about anything and listening to the news this week was no different. A new report by MPs states that UK forc...

Cameron Hints At Speedier Withdrawal From Afghanistan

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has hinted that Britain's withdrawal from Afghanistan could be speeded up amid suggestions the force size could be nearly halved by next...

'Climate Of Fear' Over Scottish Independence

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Politics

Defence firms are hiding plans to quit Scotland if it votes for independence because of a "climate of fear", a former defence chief has said. Lord ...

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 ...

Bomber Command Memorial Ranked London's Top Tourist Site

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

This week, the Bomber Command Memorial at Green Park was voted London's most popular tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor. This is a really poignant moment for everyone who supported the five-year project to erect a Memorial to the 55,573 men who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command.

How Do UK Defence Experts View US Foreign Relations After Four Years of Obama?

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Faulkner Rogers

According to UK defence and security experts, president Obama's Afghan and counter-terrorism policies are broadly on the right track, while popular perceptions of US decline, diminishing European importance and Chinese supremacy are overstated. However, the Obama administration is also seen as having failed to improve US foreign relations in most key areas, particular with regards to Russia and the Middle East.