Armed forces

You Do the Fighting, I’ll Do the Talking

22 June 2011 12:21

You can imagine, I think, the outrage there’d have been had Tony Blair or, god forbid, Gordon Brown slapped down…

The Poor Bloody Infantry Faces More Friendly Fire?

5 April 2011 15:10

In opposition Liam Fox boasted he could cut the Ministry of Defence by 25% without there being any impact on…

17,000 servicemen to go

4 April 2011 16:50

The MoD has released its plan for redundancies. The numbers and plan were leaked at the weekend, but here are…

Libya: next steps

24 March 2011 17:55

The Libya intervention goes on, with as many question marks hanging over the operation as airplanes in the sky. What…

Cameron promises that Libya is ‘not another Iraq’

21 March 2011 17:00

Discussion of military action brings a different atmosphere to the chamber of the House of Commons: quieter, less disputatious, more…

Cameron’s achievement

20 March 2011 0:12

Just last month, David Cameron declared that you “can’t drop democracy from 40,000 feet.” He’s right. It’s more like 400…

French planes take to the skies as Sarko talks tough

19 March 2011 15:32

And so it starts. French News Channel BFM reports that French fighter jets are airborne over Libyan skies; al Jazeera…

What were the SAS doing in the eastern desert?

8 March 2011 9:01

When the official files are opened in 30 years time, we will see what series of decisions led the government…

Hague statement does little to clear up SAS mystery

7 March 2011 16:51

William Hague’s statement to the Commons this afternoon did little to clear up the mystery behind how a bunch of…

The case for retaining Harrier in Afghanistan

25 February 2011 16:42

Lord Owen, among others, has responded to Colonel Gaddafi’s bloodcurdling lunacy by insisting that a no-fly zone be imposed over…

Chaos thy name is Libya

24 February 2011 9:14

Colonel Gaddafi’s strength appears to be diminishing: Foreign Office sources suggest that the latest YouTube footage suggests that the rebels are…

More trouble for the government over the military covenant

15 February 2011 16:22

The news that serving soldiers have been given notice by email has been met fury from ministers. Liam Fox has…

A legion of attacks

9 February 2011 10:33

Some attacks hurt more than others. And the attack launched by Chris Simpkins, the director-general of the Royal British Legion,…

As the oldest parliament yawned, the oldest civilisation erupted

2 February 2011 15:14

One yawn every minute. That’s how PMQs felt today. Foreign affairs dominated the session as Ed Miliband and the Prime…

Where does it leave Israel?

2 February 2011 9:17

Israel is in a right state over Egypt’s incipient revolution. Israeli politicians talk openly about the threat from an Islamist…

Nimrod: from a symbol of pride to one of decline

27 January 2011 13:27

There are contrasting images of Nimrod the Hunter: the mighty king of the Old Testament, and the less fearsome figure…

Sherard v The Generals

14 January 2011 14:03

As wars begin to end, arguments about their conduct begin. Such is the case with the British campaign in Helmand.…

Decentralisation key to Afghan pullout, says David Miliband

14 January 2011 12:22

It is fashionable to ridicule David Miliband’s search for a post-political career. But in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph the former Foreign…

What is the MoD for?

17 December 2010 14:00

Yesterday, Liam Fox vowed to install a tougher procurement system in the Ministry of Defence and appointed the bureaucracy-busting Bernard…

Gray heralds the latest shake-up

16 December 2010 17:41

The coalition is taking it to the MoD, Whitehall’s most intransigent department.  The FT’s Alex Barker reports that Bernard Gray…