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Defence in the Media: 12 August 2017

Today’s defence related news includes coverage of a drone landing on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, an increase in soldiers testing positive for drugs, and the Cyber Security Challenge UK hosted at the Defence Academy in Wiltshire.

DRONE LANDS ON THE DECK OF HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

The Daily Mail, The Sun, and the Daily Record report on footage that has emerged of a drone landing on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth whilst it was alongside in Invergordon in July.

An MOD spokesperson said:

“We take the security of HMS Queen Elizabeth very seriously. This incident has been reported to Police Scotland, an investigation is underway and we stepped up our security measures in light of it.”

INCREASE IN POSITIVE TEST RESULTS FOR DRUGS

The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and BBC Online have reported that the rate of soldiers testing positive for drugs whilst on foreign deployments has risen over the last five years.

An Army spokesperson said:

“Drug misuse is not tolerated in the Armed Forces; it reduces operational effectiveness and soldiers caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged. The evidence shows that, by conducting over 87,000 tests per year, drug misuse is significantly less prevalent among Service Personnel than in corresponding civilian demographic groups.”

CYBER SECURITY CHALLENGE UK

The Times reports on the Cyber Security Challenge UK which was organised in conjunction with the MOD. The paper describes the scenario-based cyberchallenge, which took place at the Defence Academy in Wiltshire, aimed at attracting the most computer savvy people to the Armed Forces, Security Services, and the industry. In October 2016, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced an investment of £265 million to boost the defence of military cyber systems.

Image of the day

Brigadier Gary Deakin, Commander of Scotland's 51st Infantry Brigade with the cast of 5 Soldiers at the Army@The Fringe venue, East Claremont Street, Edinburgh.
Brigadier Gary Deakin CBE today welcomed performers to the historic Hepburn House for the opening of the Army’s first ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue.