Shakespeare and Soft Power

Gary Kent | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The debate on Britain joining airstrikes against Daesh in Syria generated more heat than light with an exaggerated focus on their impact, for better or worse. The Ministry of Defence website records just one missile strike in Syria over Christmas. This skewed debate also overlooks the contribution of British soft power to defeating Daesh. Airstrikes and Shakespeare.

RAF Typhoons Intercept 10 Russian Aircraft In One Mission

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has released footage of RAF Typhoons intercepting ten Russian aircraft during a single Baltic Air Patrol. The operation wa...

D-Day From Above: The Stories of RAF Veterans

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

As we remember the D-Day invasion, it is right to honour the brave soldiers, sailors, and 3,500 airmen who sailed the Channel and stormed the beaches. But we must also remember the many thousands of airmen who bravely faced horrendous odds and took to the skies in support of D-Day.

Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Victims Named

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK

Five British servicemen killed when the Lynx helicopter they were travelling in crashed in southern Afghanistan have been named by the Ministry of Def...

Drone Operations Marred By 'Myths And Counter Misinformation'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

The Ministry of Defence needs to be more open about its use of unmanned aerial drones if it is to build public confidence in their operations, MPs hav...

Choosing the Soundtrack for My Movie 'Svengali'

Jonny Owen | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jonny Owen

You see, when you make a film that's about rock 'n' roll, then you've set yourself a precedent. It has to be a great soundtrack... The perfect marriage that is pictures and sound working in a way that makes us what we are, human beings. With heightened feelings of love and the appreciation of beauty.

'Anne-Marie Was Let Down By The Army'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has drawn criticism for the way in which it cares for vulnerable soldiers. A coroner has called on the department to ...

Viagra Stolen From The Ministry Of Defence

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Viagra worth £6,000 has been stolen from the Ministry of Defence. The theft of 100 bayonets has also been revealed among millions of pounds' worth...

What is Wrong With Armed Forces Compensation? Everything

Alex Ford | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

One thing would definitely come out of the massive change that is needed, there would be a lot fewer news stories like this one. Because it is not the fact that three women got a compensation payment for injuries sustained whilst marching, it is the fact that they were treated differently to other military personnel that grabs the headlines.

In Conversation With Bryan Adams and ITN's Caroline Froggatt about Wounded: The Legacy of War

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

I talk to musician/photographer Bryan Adams and ITN journalist Caroline Froggatt about their new book Wounded: The Legacy of War. A collection of photographs of servicemen and women who 'have cheated death whilst serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MoD: We Won't Force Soldier Out Of Job, 3 Days Before Pension

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has categorically denied it will force redundancy on an Army soldier, just three days from when Sgt Michael Anderson would be ...

Wind Energy: Chalk It Up as a Loss

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

We have read how turbines impact human health and after years of mockery from pro-wind groups, we now have the first peer-reviewed, science-based report confirming that turbines do have harmful impacts on humans...

RAF Officer Smashes Glass Ceiling With First Female Appointment

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

An RAF officer has been appointed as the armed forces' first ever female two-star officer, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced. Elaine W...

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.

Two Dead During MoD Training Exercise In Wales

PA | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK

Two military personnel have died during a training exercise, the Ministry of Defence said. The servicemen were on a routine exercise yesterday on t...

Further Job Losses At MoD

PA | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics

There will be further job losses at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) under a budget deal agreed with Chancellor George Osborne. Defence Secretary Phil...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: £37bn And Counting

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on 30 May 2013... 1) £37BN AND COUNTING More and more evidence emerges to suggest that our war in Afghanistan ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Farage In The Firing Line

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 1 May 2013... 1) FARAGE IN THE FIRING LINE "The unacceptable face of Ukip?" That's the headline on ...

'Someone At The Ministry Of Defence Is Smoking A Lot Of Dope'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics

A former Army officer turned Tory MP said someone at the Ministry of Defence must be "smoking a lot of dope" after the department proposed plans to in...

Securing the Future of Afghanistan

James Arbuthnot | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
James Arbuthnot

In our report published today, we concluded that, at the end of UK operations in Afghanistan in 2014, the best the UK will be able to do is to withdraw in good order and engage with external partners to improve Afghanistan's future prospects.

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...

Ministry of Defence Basking in Some Good News for Once

Peter Luff | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

I hope I may be excused feeling a little smug today - the chickens are coming home to roost in precisely the way I hoped they would. Two successive reports from the government's financial watchdog, the NAO, have effectively endorsed the very difficult decisions we took while I was at MoD.

Killing Taliban 'A Job', Says Prince Harry

Posted 24.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry said killing the Taliban is a job "you would expect to do" as a soldier as he arrived back in the UK after his 20-week tour of duty to Af...

Prince Harry Returns To UK From Afghanistan

PA | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner has been on post-deployment "...