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Casualty evacuation: Beth in Iraq


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Beth leading the evacuation of a casualty of the Iraq war (we obtained a number of these press photos just today): Click the photo for a larger image.

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Surveying Cameron’s constituency and jumping with a paratrooper


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The weather was superb for skydiving yesterday and Weston was alive with skydivers, tandem passengers and their families. Beth caught me on camera a couple of times under canopy: I jumped three times. The first two were solo jumps for fun — one in shorts, one in my FS suit — allowing me time to survey Mr Cameron’s constituency at my leisure: it looks good. For both exits, I gently forward rolled onto my back for a good view of […]

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Lt Gen Lamb speaks for all of us in the Armed Forces


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Reported by the Army Rumour Service as “the full speech by Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb at the announcement of gallantry awards in Colchester”: Welcome to this day, particularly the families and friends. We in uniform know only too well the silent burden that you carry for those of us who serve this country. Tomorrow Operational Awards List 32 is made public. Today is about those from all three Services who have been recognised for their bravery. It is their […]

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Spitfire


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  Spitfire, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker.

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Information anarchy at the MoD


The MoD loses a computer hard drive with the private details of 100,000 members of the Armed Forces and their families, plus 600,000 applicants and their referees. In four years, 658 laptops have been stolen and, since January, 26 memory sticks of classified data have been lost. read more | digg story

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MoD “official” voice mail message


A typically satirical military response to over-stretch, apparently predating Afghanistan, Gulf War II and the firemen’s strike, by an anonymous member of the armed forces, evidently in the Army, handed to me today: Ministry of Defence: Official Voice Mail Message Thank you for calling the British Army [sic]. I’m sorry, but all of our units are out at the moment, or are otherwise engaged. Please leave a message with your country, name of organisation, the region, specific crisis, and a […]

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Performance indicators


This morning, I found myself reflecting once more on the use of military language in corporations. All day, I hear about strategy, tactics and operations. We “attack” things, usually costs or inefficiencies. And now software is to be a “weapon”. The duty manager has a “second in command”. I wonder who among the people promoting this language could understand or perhaps be moved by General Sir Mike Jackson’s comments in his Dimbleby lecture: The role of the MoD is to […]

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