The Defence secretary Philip Hammond is under Opposition fire for wasting tens of millions of pounds on the failed semi-privatisation of a weapons-buying agency only to “adopt” Labour’s proposed reforms from 2011.
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Thursday 15 August 2013
A heavyweight team of US engineering giants has pulled out of the race to run the £14bn Ministry of Defence agency that buys the army's tanks and missiles.
Sunday 04 August 2013
Out of America: The CIA whistleblower struck a blow for us all, but his 1970s predecessor showed how to win
Sunday 21 July 2013
Firms bidding to award MoD contracts already work for the department they would take over
Saturday 20 July 2013
I arrived in Detroit ready to roll, ready to rock. At last I was in Henry Ford's Motor City, where he conceived the Model T, the vehicle that made modern America. Finally, I was in the place where Motown was born, where Berry Gordy built a musical dynasty: Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5. For me, Detroit was iconic, a symbol of America in its mid-20th-century pomp.
Monday 15 July 2013
Soldiers should not die on exercise. There are detailed guidelines which stress the fact that nearly all heat and cold injuries can be prevented
Brecon Beacons deaths: One of the TA servicemen who died 'from heat exhaustion' on hottest day of year during training exercise has been named by MoD
Sunday 14 July 2013
Lance Corporal Craig Roberts’s death is confirmed as a third serviceman remains in hospital
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Government is attempting to cut number of regulars from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018
Sunday 16 June 2013
Google has marked Father's Day with an interactive Google Doodle.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
The Government has rattled the unions by pushing forward with plans to effectively privatise the body that supplies guns to the Army and battleships to the Royal Navy.
Tuesday 23 April 2013
The Ministry of Defence wastes up to £94m a year training 16 and 17-year-old army recruits for roles which could be filled more cost-effectively by adults, according to analysis by campaign groups.
Sunday 31 March 2013
Thousands of recruits are quitting the newly formed Afghan police and armed forces every month, raising fears over their ability to protect the emerging democracy when coalition troops leave the country in less than two years' time. For every 10 new soldiers recruited to the Afghan National Army (ANA), at least three are lost because they have been sacked, captured or killed in action, new figures have revealed. British officials admit that current "attrition rates", with more than 5,000 soldiers quitting every month, threaten the force's long-term effectiveness.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Cabinet divisions over public spending surfaced today when Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, was slapped down for opposing more cuts in his department.
Saturday 23 February 2013
The Pentagon yesterday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane.
Friday 22 February 2013
Nato countries are considering keeping up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, the date when foreign combat forces were due to leave the war-torn country.
Tuesday 12 February 2013
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
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