A new book, White Flag?, tries to sound the alarm. Will anyone listen?
Posts Tagged: Ministry of Defence
The Defence Secretary outlined a programme of national self-assertion from Ukraine to the South China Sea.
That is bigger than the size of Surrey. The MOD also holds “rights” to another half a million acres.
If change was needed at the whips’ office, it isn’t at all clear why it was this change.
“I can break her” – Williamson’s war for defence spending intensifies, and targets the Prime Minister
What is the Defence Secretary up to? Why now? And is the extraordinary threat he is reported to have made true?
My role was to help make it easier for thousands of people a year to manage a successful transition from the armed forces to civilian life.
Mark Francois: States like Russia now pose the primary threat to the UK – we must strengthen our defences accordingly
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.
Major Robert Campbell faces investigation for the eighth time for the same allegation, despite being cleared time and time again. When will the Government halt this taxpayer funded bananza for human rights lawyers?
It’s one thing to recognise the long-term threats posed by states such as Russia, quite another to meet them.
During the Cold War being ‘strong on defence’ was a potent vote winner, and the money flowed accordingly.
Brexit has transformed the context in which we plan our security. Commitments to our European neighbours and Global Britain require more money.
Our plan seems to have been little more than to cobble together just enough kit to make us a Great Power on the cheap. That cannot continue.
WATCH: “I’ve always seen two per cent as a base” for defence spending, not a ceiling, says Williamson
The Defence Secretary made the remark in his first Commons outing in his new role.
Patel got a lot done – in particular, improving international rules about emergency spending. Now her successor must work on an aid policy for Global Britain.
Williamson must ensure that our Armed Forces have enough troops, that the MoD gets them the equipment they need, and help drive reform in NATO.