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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.

Judge rejects bid to stop Olympic rooftop missiles

Alarmed residents have lost their High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roof of a 17-storey residential tower block during the Olympics.

Farnborough off to flier with large orders

Boeing clinched the first big deal of this year's Farnborough International Airshow yesterday with a firm, $7.2bn (£4.6bn) order to supply 75 of its redesigned 737 Dreamliner planes to Air Lease Corporation, the US plane leaser.

Military veterans parade during an Independence day ceremony in Juba yesterday

South Sudan independence celebrations marred by threat of war

Military veterans parade during an Independence day ceremony in Juba yesterday while tens of thousands gathered under a sweltering sun to celebrate the first birthday of the world's youngest nation – an event marred by dire economic hardships and a near-constant threat of war.

Libor defence: Philip Hammond's comments in 2008 appear to support claims there was no rate manipulation by Labour

Top Tory 'backed Labour on Libor'

Jane Merrick and Kunal Dutta report on the fierce banking row

Wreckage of RAF Tornados found on the seabed

The wrecks of two RAF Tornados lost in a crash in the Moray Firth have been found, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Cost of outsourcing MoD estate quadruples

The Government stands accused of cutting too fast and too quickly after it emerged that the expected cost of outsourcing the management of the Ministry of Defence's property estate had spiralled to at least £40m a year – four times the original estimate.

Manaf Tlass the Brigadier General is said to have helped Bashar al-Assad

General's defection shows Assad regime 'crumbling'

World leaders step up pressure on Russia and China to take a tougher line with Syria

Diplomats pressure Syria as top general defects

The United States and its international allies called today for new, global sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime, stepping up the pressure after the defection of a top general dealt a major blow to the Syrian leader.

Leading article: This country must have an army it can afford

In the next round of army cuts, the first place to look must be the officers' mess

The manpower of the regular army will be reduced from its current 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020

Territorials to fill in gaps as Army numbers cut to lowest level since the 19th century

Forces morale 'fragile' as Government reveals whole Infantry battalions will be scrapped

Anger over troop cuts plan

The biggest cuts to Britain's military strength for decades – including a 20,000 reduction in the size of the Army – will be announced today by the Defence Secretary.

Three feared dead in Scottish RAF Tornado crash

One member of air crew has died and two others remain unaccounted for after two Tornado jets crashed off the coast of Scotland yesterday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Two missing as RAF jets crash in Scotland

A search was suspended last night for two missing aircrew after two RAF Tornado GR4 jets crashed off the coast of north-east Scotland. Rescue helicopters earlier recovered two personnel from the Moray Firth. They were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Their condition had not been confirmed last night.

Soldiers shot by Afghan named

Three British soldiers shot dead by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform were named by the Ministry of Defence today.

Olympics air defence plan given go-ahead

Surface-to-air defence systems will be deployed at six sites in and around London during the 2012 Olympic Games, the Government confirmed today.

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