Defence

Who is the enemy?

30 June 2012 11:15

It is Armed Forces Day and army morale is low – according to the Telegraph at least. The prospect of a…

Foxhound arrives in Afghanistan – five years too late

18 June 2012 18:15

There was welcome news yesterday for our forces in Afghanistan, and for those who want to see them supplied with…

Debt as a threat to national security

17 June 2012 14:45

Today’s papers carry news that British nuclear submarines are going to be replaced: a strong indication that the government will…

I See No Ships

17 May 2012 13:46

There are times when the SNP’s attempts to persuade us that there are no regrettable consequences to Scottish independence cross…

Hammond speaks out

13 May 2012 10:56

Generally speaking, Philip Hammond is one of the Cabinet’s quieter members; a sort of human calculator designed to run a…

The Predictable End of An Old Fighting Song

8 May 2012 10:58

Years ago, before government began to take its toll I remember reading an interview with young David Cameron published by…

Come Fly the Expensive Skies

2 May 2012 19:04

Meanwhile, in other defence news Winslow Wheeler says it is time for the cousins to give up on the F-35…

Death by 100 Cuts: The Army Downsizes. Again.

2 May 2012 17:49

The next round of army cuts will be announced next month as the government reduces reconfigures Britain’s military capability yet…

Fox fires a shot across the aid budget’s bows

27 April 2012 10:40

As Pete says, Liam Fox’s piece this morning calling for more supply-side reform is broadly helpful to the Chancellor and…

McCain’s on the warpath (again)

8 March 2012 12:04

Senator John McCain was on the radio again this morning, urging us to intervene on behalf of Syria’s rebels. ‘It’s…

What the Taliban want

2 March 2012 9:04

How go those talks with the Taliban in Doha? Quietly, that’s how — although there’s a report in yesterday’s The…

Murphy launches Labour’s defence review

22 February 2012 14:25

Remember when Jim Murphy spoke about defence cuts last month? It was not only a smart refinement of Labour’s fiscal…

L’entente nucléaire

17 February 2012 14:29

There’s no wound that a press conference won’t heal, or at least that’s the impression that David Cameron and Nicolas…

An Israeli strike on Iran?

3 February 2012 21:17

Will they or won’t they? Most political parlour games involve a question of this kind and the one about whether…

The MoD wastes another opportunity

1 February 2012 18:59

Today’s White Paper on defence procurement makes disappointing reading for the UK defence industry — and for anyone who believes…

The politics hovering over the Falklands

1 February 2012 18:33

With HMS Dauntless and now Prince William gliding across the Atlantic to reinforce Britain’s claim on the Falklands, there’s no…

Can Home Rule Solve Scotland’s Problems?

30 January 2012 16:10

This is not a Question To Which the Answer Must Be No. I too saw the headline Now 51% Back…

Cameron’s fight over the Falklands

18 January 2012 18:24

Thirty years on from the Falklands War, and the hostility between Britain and Argentina persists. And it was that hostility…

Murphy sets Labour’s new strategy a-rolling

6 January 2012 9:22

A few weeks ago, a shadow minister urging Labour to avoid ‘shallow and temporary’ populism over spending cuts might have…

Dire straits

5 January 2012 17:27

The situation in the Strait of Hormuz continues to intensify, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond showing that, like his predecessor,…