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.
Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
Brexit has transformed the context in which we plan our security. Commitments to our European neighbours and Global Britain require more money.
Plus: The mystery of the missing Kwasi Kwarteng. The presence of the ebullient Brandon Lewis. The absence and recovery of Nick de Bois. Plus: Capita’s failures.
We can be proud of the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria. There remains much to do and we will stay the course.
The Prime Minister asked me to conduct a review of recruiting into the Armed Forces. My report is published this week.
Unless we know our role in the world, we cannot have a strategy. And without a strategy, we cannot suitably design our armed forces.
Plus, read the full text of the Prime Minister’s statement on the heightened threat level and deployment of troops.
Outcries over the loss of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq show that the British public is simply unwilling to see soldiers dying.
The benefits of a secure, stable and loving family are are even more important for military personnel than for the rest of us.
Our relationship with Israel makes us safer, healthier, and more prosperous.
This morning, around 4,500 British servicemen and women will be serving our country across the globe. They are taking part in 25 operations in almost 30 countries.
“I want you and your families to know that this Government is on your side.”
Javid should be bold, and push for a British steel reserve modelled on America’s oil reserve.
If required, Britain’s removal, temporarily, from the European Court of Human Rights when forces are sent into conflict may be necessary.