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'We're on the fillet steak every night': The Royal Marines being put up in a Holiday Inn hotel because there's no room in the barracks

Royal Marines are being put up at taxpayers' expense in a Holiday Inn just four miles away from the base where they were posted

Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was fatally injured after being ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft

Inquest into death of Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham finds ejector seat safety mechanism 'entirely useless'

Flt Lt Cunningham was killed at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after he was accidentally ejected while his aircraft was on the ground

A British armored vehicle patrols on the periphery of the camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan in 2007

MoD report suggests that Camp Bastion base in Afghanistan wasn’t always sufficiently funded to ensure its defence

A secret Ministry of Defence (MoD) report on a Taliban attack at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in which 18 soldiers were killed or wounded admits that funding to protect the base was “not always forthcoming despite warnings”. The revelation is in stark contrast to denials by defence officials that security recommendations were rejected on cost grounds.

Nearly £6,000 worth of Viagra stolen from Ministry of Defence since 2007

Drug is among millions of pounds of military stock stolen in the past seven years

Mining tycoon scores a win in corruption battle

The controversial mining tycoon Beny Steinmetz has won what he claimed to be a major victory involving corruption allegations in the troubled west African state of Guinea.

Robert Fisk: Egyptians – or 98.1% of them – carry on a proud tradition

This is such stuff as dreams are made on, enough to banish any nightmares troubling the sleep of Egypt’s army commander, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

China confirms hypersonic nuclear missile carrier flight test

China has accused US media of using the opportunity to 'hype' China threat

The army's recruiting website is behind schedule; millions of pounds have already been spent on the project, and another £50 million is being considered to fix it

MoD 'is squandering millions on flawed computer system that is hampering recruitment'

£1.3bn online scheme is almost two years behind schedule, leading to recruitment targets being missed and applications being lost

A small triumph for democracy

Defence procurement has been one of the biggest machines for wasting money

MoD in new retreat over bid to enrol big business

Attempts by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to reform the Ministry of Defence by enlisting big businesses for their commercial skills have again been struck by a lack of private sector interest.

South Korean military parade during the 65th South Korea Armed Forces Day ceremony at Seongnam Military Airbase

South Korea military vows to fight sex ban ruling for expelled army cadet

Military had tried to remove an officer candidate from elite army academy for allegedly having sex with his girlfriend while on leave

Radar domes at RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, which serves as a relay centre for CIA agent communications

Exclusive: MoD tightens security at American spy bases linked to drone strikes

'Draconian' laws would help the US cover up illegal activities

A Leopard 2 tank. A Greek defence official is said to have been bribed to order 170 of them

German arms firms in bribery claims over sale of Leopard tanks to Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s insistence that Greece tackle corruption to beat the Euro crisis took an embarrassing turn on Sunday with allegations that German arms manufacturers bribed a top Athens defence official to buy their tanks and submarines for the Greek armed forces.

British soldier killed by enemy fire serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers

A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Engineers.

Troubled Serco left in limbo by delays in defence contracts

Outsourcing giant hit by ministry’s failure to choose  preferred bidders on time

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