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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.

Tornado crash pilot remains found

The remains of an RAF pilot have been recovered from the site of a Tornado jet crash off the north coast of Scotland, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Afghanistan: Rogue soldier to be hanged for French killings

A rogue Afghan soldier has been sentenced to death for killing four French soldiers during a training operation.

Timing of Afghan exit 'undecided', says David Cameron's spokesman

No decisions have yet been taken on the exact timing of withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan after the end of this year, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman has said.

A man is searched by British military personnel at a security check point on arrival at the Olympic Park

Army sends officers to G4S headquarters

Army chiefs have been dispatched to the headquarters of G4S to take a more active role in controlling security for the London Olympics, i has learnt, following the company's failure to fulfil its £250m contract to guard the Games.

A man is searched by British military personnel at a security check point on arrival at the Olympic Park

Now the Army is giving the orders

As foreign athletes start to arrive, military sends officers to G4S HQ to tackle security shambles

Army chiefs to consider bonuses for Games' troops after G4S scandal

Rising anger within the armed forces at the prospect of extra troops being drafted in to guard the Olympics due to the G4S scandal has forced ministers and military top brass to consider paying the soldiers a bonus.

Robert Fisk: Where is a Goya who could chronicle today's conflict?

The Long View: Women dragged off for rape, men shot by death squads – such atrocities take place by the hour

Troops on site

Army chiefs: troops drafted in for Games duty must be compensated

Ministers and military top brass have announced that they will meet next week to decide whether extra troops drafted in to guard the Olympics should be paid a bonus amid rising anger among politicians and the armed forces over the G4S scandal.

Egyptian military chief Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (left) shakes hand with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before their meeting at the Defence Ministry in Cairo yesterday

Clinton tries to heal rift between Egyptian President and the generals

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, discussed Egypt's turbulent democratic transition with the country's top general yesterday as the military wrestles for influence with a newly elected President.

“Tobacco Dock is exactly the sort of place we’re looking at... large areas that are easily adaptable”

3,500 soldiers set to bed down in a 'prison' warehouse

Grade 1 listed Tobacco Docks tops MoD's barracks shortlist, writes Andrew Johnson

Lily Allen

Lily Allen accepts 'racist' tweet apology

Lily Allen has accepted an apology and said everyone should "move on" after her latest online spat.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was called to the House of Commons to explain the last minute decision to increase the number of troops involved in the games to 17,000.

Theresa May responds to criticism over Olympics security 'shambles'

Home Secretary called to House of Commons amid opposition accusations of 'huge Home Office shambles'

The water tower on an apartment block in Bow, east London, on which the
MoD are planning to station high-velocity counter-terrorism missiles

Residents lose battle over Olympics missiles

Residents have lost a High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roof of a tower block during the Olympics.

Market Report: Takeover talk sees Chemring rocket

Bosses at Chemring may need to ready the defences, if the latest rumours are on the money. The military equipment maker shot up yesterday after speculation did the rounds suggesting it could become a target, the second time it has been circled by takeover talk in a week.

Residents lose fight to block Olympics missiles

Residents have lost their High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being deployed on the roof of their tower block during the Olympics.

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