Military

It was the Times wot won it

14 July 2011 14:37

The latest issue of the Spectator features an article in qualified defence of Rupert Murdoch by William Shawcross, author of…

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.…

Karzai’s brother shot dead

12 July 2011 13:09

The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has just been murdered outside his fortified compound in Kandahar. Ahmed Wali Karzai…

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…

The Afghan conflict creates other conflicts for Cameron

5 July 2011 9:00

Another day, yesterday, to remind us of the precariousness of everything in Afghanistan. With David Cameron in the country, it…

Afghanistan: The worries mount as the West prepares to drawdown

27 June 2011 18:00

Dexter Filkins is one of the great war correspondents of the post 9/11 world. So it is particularly sobering to…

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…

Obama draws down his forces

23 June 2011 9:05

It is as Matt Cavanagh predicted in his article for Coffee House, a few weeks ago. Barack Obama has decided…

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 muscles Clarke off the stage

21 June 2011 12:41

The toughening-up effort continued with David Cameron’s press conference just now. There he was, at the prime ministerial lectern, not…

Why enshrining the military covenant in law might not be such a good idea

18 June 2011 17:37

Charles Moore’s column in the Telegraph today makes a very good case against enshrining the military covenant in law. 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…

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…

Sanctioning Gaddafi

9 June 2011 10:32

Yesterday, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt went to Chatham House to explain the UK’s Libya policy. It was a mildly…

Retreating from Kabul

8 June 2011 10:41

Britain’s former envoy to Kabul, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has written an op-ed aboutNATO’s coming withdrawal from Afghanistan in this morning’s Times…

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.…

Preparing for a post-Gaddafi Libya

7 June 2011 9:00

The Libya intervention has been in operation for a few months and the rebels have been making gains, most recently…

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…