Defence

Decisions that may come to determine the Coalition’s stewardship of defence

3 August 2011 10:05

The House of Commons Defence Committee moves at a stately pace. Two weeks back, it gave us its considered view…

The shifting sands of public opinion on Libya

28 July 2011 18:51

All of the buccaneering rhetoric has been sucked from the Libyan conflict this week, replaced with words of concession, compromise…

Tory Defence Meltdown

18 July 2011 13:40

How many Tory MPs came into parliament  – even this parliament – thinking they’d be asked to support a Tory-led…

Missing the target

18 July 2011 9:04

It has been a mixed week for Parliamentary Select Committees: they have regained some of their bite, but recent events…

Will the defence budget rise, fall or stay constant post-2015?

13 July 2011 17:31

As British helicopters pound away at Libyan targets, another battle is being waged inside the Ministry of Defence’s fortress-like building.…

The military’s ECHR concerns

9 July 2011 18:56

Earlier this week, there was a European Court of Human Rights ruling that is worth dwelling on. To summarise: the…

Whitehall’s monolith faces reform

27 June 2011 9:05

The Ministry of Defence is one of Whitehall’s largest and most dysfunctional departments; and it has long resisted effective reform.…

In the firing line

26 June 2011 13:12

Talk about an own goal. Whatever Air Chief Marshall Sir Simon Bryant thought he was achieving when he told MPs…

America and Britain turn their minds to the (fiscal) cost of war

22 June 2011 9:21

Five-thousand, ten-thousand, or fifteen-thousand? That’s the question hanging in the air as Barack Obama prepares to clarify his withdrawal plan…

Cameron vs Kirchner

18 June 2011 14:41

After stating the obvious at PMQs this week — that the Falklands would remain sovereign British territory as long as…

General outspokenness 

16 June 2011 13:22

Recent wars have given rise to an unusual phenomenon in British civil-military relations: frequent, and often high-profile interventions, by serving…

Mars and Venus Revisited

16 June 2011 2:37

Bruce Bartlett offers this chart (via Andrew) demonstrating that the United States is the only NATO country basically to have…

Night of the generals

14 June 2011 10:46

Last night, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord, said that the aircraft carrier and the jump-jets that were…

Gates’ flawed valedictory

12 June 2011 18:24

Robert Gates may be one of the best defence secretaries the United States has had in modern times. But in…

Gates: Current state of Nato is ‘unacceptable’

10 June 2011 21:05

The outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has delivered a remarkably frank warning to the European members of Nato that…

Attention shifts to Yemen

7 June 2011 18:08

Since last week’s attack on Yemen’s President Saleh and his subsequent flight, Sana’a has been on the cusp of anarchy.…

Trouble in Golan

5 June 2011 18:44

In a clear move to distract attention from his own problems, Syrian president Bashir Assad has allowed people to march…

Not just a wily Fox, but a watchful hawk with time on his side

3 June 2011 13:06

Liam Fox is fond of reminding us that he didn’t come into politics to cut the armed forces. A wistful…

Labour’s malfunctioning front bench

2 June 2011 15:09

The old adage that it’s hard to make an impact in Opposition is ringing true. Dan Hodges has denigrated Labour’s…

The coalition’s 2015 problem

31 May 2011 16:10

The generals and the politicians are at odds with each other. This much has been clear since the run-up to…