Now it is official. The proposed semi-outsourcing of Defence procurement through a Government Owned Contractor Operated model is dead – or is it? The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond told MPs today that he was creating a “new arms-length government trading entity to buy equipment and supplies, which would be able to recruit and manage staff along commercial lines”. 433 more words
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The revelation comes days after the Government narrowly staved off a parliamentary challenge to its reservist programme, which is already mired in problems over recruitment. 350 more words
“a smaller, more professional force, better trained and able to deal with the circumstances which we as a nation expect them to deal with is the only rational choice”
Tory revolt over controversial bid to axe 20,000 Army jobs and replace full-time troops with reservists Rebel backbenchers are plotting to line up with MPs from Labour and other parties to block Defence Secretary Philip Hammond's plans Move, led by Basildon Tory MP John Baron, could threaten a Coalition scheme to remove 20,000 full-time personnel
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is this week facing a revolt among his own MPs over controversial plans to replace full-time troops with Army reservists.
Rebel Conservative backbenchers are plotting to line up with MPs from Labour and other parties to block plans for a dramatic expansion of the UK’s reserve forces. 451 more words
Koncern BAE Systems oświadczył w środę, że zakończy budowę statków w Portsmouth i zwolni tam 940 pracowników. Jest to konsekwencja, między innymi, redukcji budżetu obronnego Wielkiej Brytanii. 277 more words
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond admitted recruiting reservists to replace the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was a challenge
The Ministry of Defence is struggling to recruit enough reservists to replace a historic regiment with close ties to Rochdale, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted. 412 more words
Westminster politicians have been rubbishing Scottish defence capabilities for decades. George Rosie takes a longer view.
History has a way of repeating itself. Over the past few months Defence Secretary Hammond, some of the British Army’s top brass and (of course) the Union Jocks have been doing their best to prove that there’s no way that a puny, broke, and generally useless little country like Scotland could ever hope to defend itself. 1,586 more words