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Dozens of Saudi military cadets trained in UK since Yemen intervention

FOI findings show majority of cadets have been training at Britannia Royal Naval CollegeDozens of Saudi officers have been trained at prestigious British military colleges since the Saudi intervention in Yemen that has seen the Gulf state’s forces accused of widespread human rights abuses.More than 40 Saudi cadets – including a dozen who came last year – have been training at Sandhurst, the RAF’s school at Cranwell and the Royal Naval College since 2015. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Royal Navy, Jeremy Hunt, Raf, Yemen, Gulf, Sandhurst, Royal Naval College, Cranwell


Video shows British troops firing at Jeremy Corbyn poster

MoD investigating footage that shows paras firing rounds at image of Labour leaderThe Ministry of Defence has launched an urgent investigation after a video emerged via social media that shows members of the parachute regiment firing at a poster of Jeremy Corbyn at a target range in Kabul.MoD insiders said they believed the video – which had the caption “happy with that” – was genuine, but inquiries were ongoing to establish why an image of the Labour leader, studded with bullet marks, was used....
Tags: Politics, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Labour, British Army, Kabul, Jeremy Corbyn


MoD criticised over £500m cost of storing obsolete submarines

Failure puts UK’s reputation as responsible nuclear power at risk, auditors sayStorage of obsolete nuclear submarines has cost the UK taxpayer £500m because of “dismal” failings in the government’s nuclear decommissioning programme, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.The Ministry of Defence has twice as many submarines in storage as it does in service and has not disposed of any of the 20 vessels decommissioned since 1980, the National Audit Office (NAO) said. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Scotland, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Royal Navy, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Waste, Waste, Plymouth, Whitehall, National Audit Office NAO


Numbers in UK frontline army units fall by up to a third

Capita recruitment deal under fire as data shows personnel down 8% on requirementsThe numbers of some frontline British army units is down by as much as a third, new figures have revealed, prompting serious concerns about their readiness for action.The government was accused of “appalling complacency” over recruitment after the publication of the Ministry of Defence data, which showed army personnel down 8% on requirements overall. That figure masks a much larger deficit in army infantry battali...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Capita, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Private finance initiative


Kent pupils could be left stranded by no-deal Brexit gridlock, warns council

Teachers told they may have to ‘adopt carer role’ if traffic stops parents picking children upTeachers in schools in Kent have been told they may have to suspend classes and “adopt a carer role” in the event of disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit.The warning comes as the government confirms it has activated a team in a nuclear-proof bunker under the Ministry of Defence to provide army support in a no-deal scenario. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Education, Society, UK News, Ministry Of Defence, Schools, Local Government, Kent, Brexit, Brexit gridlock warns council


UK military turns to universities to research psychological warfare

Cambridge among partners shortlisted for £70m MoD funding, documents showThe British military is recruiting philosophers, psychologists and theologians to research new methods of psychological warfare and behavioural manipulation, leaked documents show.Cambridge University was among the institutions shortlisted by officials in the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), as it sought a partner to spend almost £70m in funding for a project known as the human and soc...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Higher Education, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Cambridge University


MoD claim of one civilian death in Isis raids ridiculed

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence claim that the RAF killed only one civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as ludicrous and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It said 90% of ...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


MoD challenged over 'ludicrous' claim of one civilian death in Isis raids

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence’s claim that the RAF killed only a single civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as “ludicrous” and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It sai...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


RAF says it harmed just one civilian out of 4,000 enemy fighters in Iraq and Syria

Claim of almost completely avoiding civilian harm from airstrikes met with cynicism The Royal Air Force harmed just one civilian among more than 4,000 enemy fighters during just over four years of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Defence has said.The figures, provided by the MOD in response to a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), show that of the 4,315 individuals targeted by British airstrikes from September 2014 to January this year, 4,0...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, charity Action on Armed Violence AOAV


UK army should stop recruiting children, health experts say

Report says ‘irresponsible’ policy of recruiting 16-year-olds put their health at riskThe British armed forces should stop recruiting children and raise the age at which people can join to 18, health experts have said.The UK is the only permanent member of the UN security council to allow 16-year-olds into the army and is alone in the practice among European countries. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Children, Society, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, UN Security Council, Child Soldiers


Key army reports ‘hidden’ from new Deepcut inquest

Evidence on barracks life will not be given at hearing this week into death of Private Geoff Gray, letter claimsAn inquest into the death of a teenage army recruit has been plunged into controversy ahead of its opening this week. The Ministry of Defence has been forced to deny claims that key internal reports cataloguing life at Deepcut barracks, where four trainee soldiers died from bullet wounds over a seven-year period, will not be submitted as evidence at the inquest into the death of Privat...
Tags: UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Deepcut, Geoff Gray


MoD accused of 'poor financial planning' over £7bn kit blackhole

Public spending watchdog says armed forces’ equipment plan is incoherent and lacks credibilityThe Ministry of Defence has a funding blackhole of at least £7bn in plans for equipment for the armed forces due to government dithering over which projects to fully finance, cancel or scale back, the Commons public spending watchdog said.MPs on the public accounts committee (PAC) said in a report that the MoD “lacks the capability to accurately cost programmes within its equipment plan”, and the actual...
Tags: UK News, Public finance, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, PAC, Gavin Williamson


Former soldier who contracted Q fever in Afghanistan sues MoD

Wayne Bass says his life has been ruined after developing infection serving in HelmandA former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence over its failure to protect him from contracting Q fever in Afghanistan.Wayne Bass, a private from the 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, said his life had been ruined after developing the infection while serving in Helmand province in 2011 and not being given antibiotics by the army. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Helmand, Mercian Regiment, Wayne Bass, Afghanistan Wayne Bass


MoD sends planners to ministries over post-Brexit border fears

Military to assist government departments set to take brunt of no-deal chaos or backlogMilitary planners have been deployed to the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Foreign Office as officials desperately try to avoid backlogs and chaos at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Observer can disclose.Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 14 military planners have been dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to key ministries, which also include ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport the Home Office


‘I’ve got four kids and a job - if I can race solo to the south pole, any woman can’

Wendy Searle managed Louis Rudd’s Antarctic triumph. Now she is planning her own epic 700-mile race across the frozen wastesWhen Louis Rudd crossed the finishing line of his 925-mile solo trek across Antarctica last month, the first person he contacted was Wendy Searle. “I’ve done it!!!!” the army captain texted her.It was the news that the 41-year-old Searle, a Ministry of Defence civil servant and Rudd’s expedition leader, had spent sleepless nights waiting for. “I’d known he was going to do i...
Tags: UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Antarctica, Polar regions, Rudd, Adventure Travel, Antarctic, Searle, Louis Rudd, Wendy Searle


The mystery material that can survive 75 nuclear blasts

A professional hairdresser and amateur chemist invented an unbelievably heat-resistant coating called Starlite. Military applications brought governments running, but the inventor's odd negotiating style ruined discussions. Was Starlite lost when he died, or had it already been stolen? None Maurice Ward was a ladies hairdresser and amateur chemist from Hartlepool, Yorkshire, England, and in 1986 he invented a startling plastic coating he called Starlite. Demonstrated on BBC's Tomorrow's World ...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, War, Nasa, Bbc, Chemistry, Materials, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Innovation, Ward, Airtours, Lee Johnson, Chris Bennett, Mark Miodownik


The mystery plastic that can survive 75 nuclear blasts

A professional hairdresser and amateur chemist invented an unbelievably heat-resistant coating called Starlite. Military applications brought governments running, but the inventor's odd negotiating style ruined discussions. Was Starlite lost when he died, or had it already been stolen? None Maurice Ward was a ladies hairdresser and amateur chemist from Hartlepool, Yorkshire, England, and in 1986 he invented a startling plastic coating he called Starlite. Demonstrated on BBC's Tomorrow's World ...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, War, Nasa, Bbc, Chemistry, Materials, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Innovation, Ward, Airtours, Lee Johnson, Chris Bennett, Mark Miodownik


Army barracks 'not fit for animals', says Tory MP after leaked fire safety report

Johnny Mercer says soldiers are living in ‘lethal’ conditionsSoldiers are living in barracks which are not fit for animals, a Tory MP has claimed after a leaked report revealed concerns about fire safety.Defence Safety Authority inspectors found that financial cuts had led to an “unacceptable degradation” of barracks, the document said. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Army, Tory, Johnny Mercer, Defence Safety Authority


'War detectives' get new lead on British dead from Korean war, thanks to Trump

Kim Jong-un has handed over human remains for identification from the cold war conflict after a meeting with the US presidentIt has been described as the forgotten war. One hundred thousand British soldiers fought in the Korean conflict between 1950 and 1953, but its hold on the memory of the nation is weak, a painful reality for the relatives of the 336 Britons still listed as missing in action and for whom there is no known grave.But in an office located at Gloucestershire’s Imjin army barrack...
Tags: South Korea, North Korea, US, UK News, World news, Military, Asia Pacific, Ministry Of Defence, Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump, Gloucestershire, Trump, Kim Jong, Imjin, Imjin River


£495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find

Officials ‘did not understand project’s complexity’ before signing outsourcing dealThe British army authorised a £495m contract with the outsourcing giant Capita to bring in new recruits without understanding the complexity of the project, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog has concluded.The National Audit Office found that the decade-long contract, signed in 2012, had been beset with problems, resulting in shortfalls in the number of serving soldiers for the past five years. The army cur...
Tags: Business, UK News, Capita, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, National Audit Office, Whitehall


Russian journalist seen 'behaving suspiciously' at UK military base

London-based Timur Siraziev was reportedly filming at 77th Brigade’s Berkshire barracksA Russian journalist was monitored for “suspicious behaviour” close to a British military base, the Ministry of Defence has said.Timur Siraziev was seen repeatedly passing the 77th Brigade’s barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire, the Mail on Sunday reported. The newspaper said he had been recorded by the base’s security cameras and had been seen filming close to the perimeter fence. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Russia, Conservatives, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Berkshire, Gavin Williamson, Timur Siraziev, 77th Brigade, Hermitage Berkshire


MoD told to hand over any reports of abuse by US troops in Iraq

High court judge orders search for allegations of US military abuse from 2004-08The Ministry of Defence has been ordered to hand over any reports by British troops where they suspected US forces in Iraq were mistreating detainees.The instruction to search for allegations of US military abuse has been authorised by Mr Justice Turner at the high court in London as the bitter legacy of the conflict continues to work its way through the courts. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Law, Iraq, US, UK News, US news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, US military, British Army, Turner


Fight or flight: the veterans at war with PTSD - video

One hundred years on from the end of the first world war, a group of veterans in Dorset are torn between their pride in their military careers and their anger over the lack of psychological support provided to them by the Ministry of Defence. With many feeling abandoned and left to battle significant mental health issues such as PTSD alone, former soldier Andy Price decides to take matters into his own hands, launching the Veteran’s Hub, a peer-to-peer support network for veterans and their fami...
Tags: UK, Australia, Iraq, US, UK News, Mental Health, Afghanistan, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Dorset, Andy, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Lifeline, Richard Sprenger, Andy Price, Ministry of Defence With


MoD under fire for enlisting under-18s in service

Decision seen as ‘outdated’ and at odds with age requirements for Commonwealth citizensThe Ministry of Defence has been criticised for continuing to encourage British 16 and 17-year-olds to join the armed services, while setting a higher minimum age for Commonwealth citizens wishing to enlist.Earlier this week the government relaxed a residency qualification to allow more people from Commonwealth countries to join the services but put the age limit at 18 or over. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Plaid Cymru, British Army, Commonwealth


MoD’s potential £14bn budget shortfall may make equipment unaffordable

National Audit Office warns MoD it is in danger of wasting money with short-term choicesGavin Williamson has come under pressure to deal with a potential black hole of £14.8bn in the Ministry of Defence’s budget following a report released on Monday by official auditors.The defence secretary has been warned that his department is in “real danger” of wasting taxpayers’ money on equipment over the next 10 years according to the National Audit Office. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, National Audit Office, Defence, Williamson, National Audit Office Continue, Gavin Williamson


Foreign nationals to be allowed to join British army

MoD expected to drop residential requirement in bid to solve recruitment crisisForeign nationals will be allowed to join the British army despite never having lived in the country, ministers will reveal as part of plans to help stem a worsening recruitment crisis in the armed forces.The Ministry of Defence is expected to announce on Monday that it will no longer require those joining the armed services from Commonwealth countries such as Australia, India, Canada, Kenya and Fiji to have lived in ...
Tags: UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Fiji, Commonwealth, Australia India Canada Kenya


UK's nuclear deterrent infrastructure 'not fit for purpose', say MPs

Trident faces budget and skills gaps at time of international uncertainty, plus supply threats due to BrexitThe Ministry of Defence is at serious risk of failing to run a working nuclear deterrent, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.A report by the public accounts committee found that past decisions delaying maintenance at the MoD’s 13 sites that support nuclear submarines had left the programme “not fit for purpose”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Military, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, House Of Commons, Royal Navy, Nuclear Weapons, Trident, Bae Systems, Brexit, BrexitThe Ministry of Defence


Cumbria villagers oppose army bid to 'grab' common land

Villagers believe changing status of moorland near firing range will stop farmers grazingCumbrian villagers have accused the Ministry of Defence of attempting a “land grab” after a proposal to turn common land into a firing range.A public inquiry has been launched over plans to remove the common land status from an area of moorland near Appleby-in-Westmorland. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Land Rights, Cumbria, Appleby, Westmorland Continue


Royal Navy sailors held in US over drunken behaviour

One is Tasered and three are charged with resisting arrest during shore leave in FloridaRoyal Navy sailors have been arrested following reports of drunken behaviour while docked in Florida. One had to be Tasered.The Ministry of Defence said six personnel were arrested but a spokeswoman could not confirm whether they were from the £3.1bn , Britain’s new aircraft carrier, or support ships. Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, US, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Royal Navy, FloridaRoyal Navy


Armed forces doctors' IT system 'threaten patient safety' - BMA

Problems include wrong patient details appearing, work not saving and system freezesDoctors for the armed forces have said their ability to provide a safe service is being hampered by serious problems with their IT system.The British Medical Association (BMA) says it has been raising the issue for two years with the surgeon-general and Ministry of Defence (MoD) amid concerns it is jeopardising patient care. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Bma, British Medical Association BMA



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