RAF

Spectator Books: The Birth of the RAF

10 May 2018 16:38

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m joined by the historian Richard Overy to talk about his new book The Birth…

Michael Fallon: ‘Iraqi forces are slowly but surely beginning to push ISIL back’

4 August 2015 8:55

Is the government set to bring bombing Islamic State terrorists in Syria before the Commons soon? The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon…

Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them.…

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…

The Harrier Flies Again!

15 November 2011 17:24

That’s the good news. The bad news is that these admirable little planes won’t be flying for Britain. Navy Times…

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…

In praise of British ingenuity

20 August 2010 17:20

Two spitfires have just flown over our offices at The Spectator, to commemorate the Battle of Britain. The aircraft are…

Remembering the few

20 August 2010 11:13

Today is the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s ‘Few’ speech. Here’s how the Spectator reviewed it at the time: Mr…

A Case for Scrapping the Joint Strike Fighter?

15 March 2010 17:40

Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images Cato’s Tad DeHaven and Think Defence each have good posts on the future of the increasingly…

Latest Defence Fiasco: I See No Ships

26 October 2009 12:52

There’s a decent discussion to be had on defence priorities and on the future of both the Royal Navy and…

Adventures in Defence Procurement. Plus, Do We Need the RAF?

15 July 2009 7:56

Defence procurement is difficult. It’s hard to design and build new weapons systems and predicting what kinds of equipment and…