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BBC News – Trident costs must come from MoD budget, Osborne says

Could this be a game-changer? The full £20bn cost of renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent must be paid for by the Ministry of Defence, George Osborne has said. Traditionally, the Treasury has always found the money for the submarines. The chancellor’s comments come as Defence Secretary Liam Fox warned it would be “very difficult” to maintain other MoD projects if more than half its budget went on funding Trident. Given that the services, particularly the RAF, are already looking […]

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Armed forces chiefs call for more troops and helicopters – Telegraph

General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army and Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of the Defence Staff, have called for more troops and helicopters in Afghanistan. Sir Jock said his forces needed as many helicopters as they could get and were “busting a gut” to draft more into service. His comments are likely to cause more discomfort for Gordon Brown who on Thursday faced a grilling from MPs on equipment and troops after the Defence Select Committee warned […]

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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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Thousands of personal files stolen from RAF base

The Telegraph reports: The details of up to 50,000 serving and ex-service personnel are at risk after three USB portable hard disc drives were stolen from an RAF station, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. Also in The Times. So that’s personal details of me, my wife and many of my friends in the hands of criminals. Surpassed by the child benefit fiasco, I am sure, but it won’t help people be glad to serve. 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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