Defence

Yemen implodes

26 May 2011 12:21

Sometimes you wait and wait for an event, and nothing ever happens. Pakistan is always said to be teetering on…

Choppers add to the Libyan fog of war

24 May 2011 18:25

There was much ado about choppers in Westminster earlier today. Yesterday, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet told reporters that Britain…

An especially businesslike relationship

24 May 2011 13:08

The ash cloud nearly claimed its first victim last night: Barack Obama had to leave Ireland early in order to…

Debt as a security concern

19 May 2011 18:41

Is Britain’s growing national debt a matter of national security? In a speech this morning, Liam Fox said so. Sure, he…

Fox letter: storm in a fair trade, biodegradable cup

17 May 2011 13:54

David Cameron probably let out a sigh when he was informed that yet another letter from Liam Fox had been…

Leak shows that Fox objects to plans to spend more on overseas development

16 May 2011 22:59

A second letter from the Defence Secretary to the Prime Minister has leaked out. Tomorrow’s Times reports on a note…

How to fix the National Security Council

15 May 2011 16:06

The National Security Council was a sound idea. But it has disappointed, both inside and outside Whitehall. The Ministry of…

Back to the start on a military covenant

14 May 2011 10:23

I suppose you could call it an O-turn. First, the Prime Minister declared, in a speech aboard HMS Ark Royal…

The Dame departs

10 May 2011 10:57

Pauline Neville-Jones was a first. She was one of the first women in the Foreign Office to climb the department’s…

Pakistan responds

3 May 2011 9:05

The covers of our newspapers are emblazoned with Bin Laden this morning — but it is an article in a…

An honest plea? Or a cynical gambit?

30 April 2011 10:24

I was planning on collating today’s sunny newspaper covers for Coffee House — but Tim Montgomerie has beaten me to…

Why Gitmo ought to be closed

26 April 2011 18:00

It is hard to feel anything but nauseous when reading the Guardian’s continuing special report on Guantanamo Bay, which started…

Oh what a lovely war

15 April 2011 9:10

The triumvirate of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy have presented a united front to NATO and the Arab League and said…

Can Nato cope in Libya?

11 April 2011 9:13

Just because Nicolas Sarkozy believes something does not make it untrue. The French president was adamant that Nato shouldn’t take…

How might the MoD get round its spending settlement?

8 April 2011 16:10

The Ministry of Defence is Whitehall’s last monolith. Charged with the nation’s defence, it is powerful enough to challenge the…

More demands on George Osborne

8 April 2011 9:11

Is the defence budget the most chaotic in all Whitehall? George Osborne said as much last October — and he’s…

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…

Obama sketches out the limits to American involvement in Libya

29 March 2011 9:08

There was one aspect of Barack Obama’s Big Speech on Libya last night that was particularly curious: for a President…

The government should acknowledge Israeli restraint

27 March 2011 10:39

With NATO planes circling above Libya, Saudi troops quashing protests in Bahrain, and troops killing civilians in Syria and Yemen,…

Libya has shown the government the virtue of a multilateral approach

25 March 2011 14:05

The Libya intervention has already turned the international kaleidoscope, showing new and remarkable patterns. It has seen China acquiesce to…