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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


Family of soldier killed in live fire drill call MoD report flaw-ridden

Joe Spencer died on a sniper course in 2016 after his rifle went off by accidentThe family of a 24-year-old soldier killed two years ago on a sniper course in the Highlands expressed disappointment with the findings of a Ministry of Defence report into the cause, published on Thursday.In a joint statement, his parents – who live in Eastleigh, Hampshire – and two brothers, said it “raises numerous unanswered questions due to the abundance of unsubstantiated speculations and assumptions and factua...
Tags: Scotland, UK News, Military, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Highlands, Joe Spencer, Eastleigh Hampshire


New British army chief urges shift towards tech-driven warfare

Gen Mark Carleton-Smith will say in first speech that army must ‘place big bets’ on techBritish forces must shift their focus to include confronting adversaries in the virtual world as well as on the battlefield, according to the army’s new chief of the general staff, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith.Carleton-Smith will make the call during his first speech in the role, at the closing of a two-day conference on land warfare. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Technology, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Cyberwar, Drones (military, Mark Carleton Smith, Mark Carleton Smith Carleton Smith


UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request

US asks for reinforcements after Taliban resurgenceThe UK government is considering doubling the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan in response to a request from Donald Trump for reinforcements in the face of increasing gains by the Taliban.Britain has about 600 troops in Afghanistan at present, mainly based in Kabul training officers and not engaged in combat. There is also a small contingent of special forces. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, US, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Afghanistan, Military, Taliban, Defence policy, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Royal Navy, Kabul


Syria: RAF admits drone strike killed civilian in attack targeting Isis

Casualty is first civilian death the MoD has admitted responsibility for since airstrikes in region began four years agoAn RAF drone strike killed a civilian in Syria last month, the first time the Ministry of Defence has admitted responsibility for the death of a non-combatant since beginning air attacks in the region almost four years ago.According to the MoD, a Reaper drone armed with a Hellfire missile fired at three suspected Islamic State fighters on 26 March. Almost simultaneously, a civi...
Tags: Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


Syria: RAF airstrike killed civilian in campaign against Isis

Casualty is first MoD-confirmed civilian death during UK campaign against terror groupAn RAF airstrike against three Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria on 26 March “unintentionally” killed a civilian, Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, has said in a written ministerial statement.It is the first time the Ministry of Defence has confirmed a civilian casualty during Britain’s campaign against the terror group in Iraq and Syria. The defence secretary said the RAF had conducted more than 1...
Tags: UK, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Britain, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, Defence, Gavin Williamson


Growing culture of militarism in UK | Letters

The armed forces are far less open to democratic and public scrutiny than almost any other major institution, writes Symon Hill; while Clive Barrett remembers the first world war’s conscientious objectorsIt is welcome news that a growing number of MPs are calling for forces such as the SAS to be subject to parliamentary oversight (Special forces need to face scrutiny from parliament, say MPs, theguardian.com, 24 April). However, lack of scrutiny is not only a problem affecting “special forces”. ...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, First World War, British Army, Sas, Harrogate, Army Foundation College, Symon Hill, Clive Barrett


Allies dispute Russian and Syrian claims of shot down missiles

Syria and Russia say significant number of missiles destroyed and damage minimal• Syrian military strikes: latest news and reactionThe US, UK and France have disputed claims made by Syria and Russia that a significant number of incoming missiles were intercepted and shot down and that the damage inflicted by their raid had been minimal.The Syrian brigadier general Ali Mayhoub, who read the statement on Syrian television, said: “Our air defences effectively shot down most of them.” He acknowledge...
Tags: Europe, France, Russia, UK News, World news, US news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, US military, Raf, Damascus, Homs, US UK


100 years of the RAF – in pictures

On 1 April 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the Royal Air Force. A collection of images capturing the development of the RAF across the decades has been released by the Ministry of Defence to mark the centenary of the world’s first independent air force Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Military, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Flying Corps


Watchdog warns £1.2bn aid fund leaves UK at risk over human rights abuses

Aid commission says failure to scrutinise human rights records means conflict, security and stability fund may support abusive regimesThe British government’s flagship programme to support global security, peace building and conflict transition has been criticised for serious shortcomings in the way it operates, including the risk that it could be working with “human rights abusers”.The conflict, security and stability fund – which has a current budget of £1.2bn, and operates in about 70 countri...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Ministry Of Defence, Aid, Global development, Foreign Office, Department for International Development, Department for International Development (DfID


Red Arrows jet crashes at RAF Valley airbase in north Wales

Ministry of Defence says it is investigating an incident involving a Hawk aircraftA Red Arrows jet has crashed after an incident at RAF Valley in north Wales, the Ministry of Defence has said.Two people are understood to have been onboard the Hawk aircraft when it went down shortly before 1.30pm on Tuesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Wales, UK News, Military, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Plane Crashes, RAF Valley, Hawk aircraftA Red Arrows


MoD lost up to £4.2bn through sale of military homes, says audit office

Government facing huge rent rise as property fund managed by Guy Hands ends discount The Ministry of Defence has lost up to £4.2bn through a decision to sell off military housing in 1996, according to a report by the National Audit Office.The MoD decided to sell more than 55,000 service family homes to Annington Property Limited more than two decades ago in return for £1.66bn in cash upfront. Continue reading...
Tags: Housing, Society, UK News, Military, Ministry Of Defence, National Audit Office, Guy Hands, Annington Property Limited


Military spending or investment in peace? | Letters

Rt Rev Peter Price, Chris Mullin and Jeremy Lester call for a long-term effort to end and prevent wars; Tim Webb on wasteful military expenditure; Lord West on the defence of Europe; Keith Farman on a Catch-22 solution to the funding shortfallAn expansionist Russia, highlighted by Gen Sir Nick Carter in his speech on Monday (Report, 23 January), is one of several contemporary security threats, but it is not the overriding one. Climate change, terrorism, financial insecurity and inequality, as we...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, European Union, UK News, Tax and spending, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Nick Carter, Chris Mullin, Tim Webb, Jeremy Lester, Keith Farman


Falklands hero surgeon Rick Jolly dies aged 71

Royal Navy surgeon was honoured by Britain and Argentina for saving lives of service personnel on both sides of 1982 warA surgeon who saved the lives of British and Argentinian service personnel during the Falklands war has died.Rick Jolly died over the weekend aged 71 at his home in Torpoint, Cornwall, the Plymouth Herald, BBC and a military website reported. The Ministry of Defence said it could not confirm the death. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Falkland Islands, Royal Navy, Argentina, Rick Jolly, Torpoint Cornwall, Plymouth Herald BBC



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