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Defence in the Media: 29 March 2018

Today's defence news includes coverage on the appointment of General Sir Nicholas Carter as the next Chief of Defence Staff and on the additional funding for the Ministry of Defence announced in Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Sir Nick Carter's appointment as Chief of Defence Staff

The Times, Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph all report on Sir Nick Carter's appointment as the next Chief of Defence Staff. He will take over from Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach in June when he becomes the NATO Chairman of the Military Committee.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

I am delighted to offer my congratulations to General Sir Nicholas Carter on his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff, a post he will take up in June of this year when Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach becomes Chairman of the Military Committee at NATO.

General Carter has been an exceptional Chief of the General Staff, leading the Army at a time of rapid change, with troops deployed to deter Russian aggression and protect our NATO allies in the east. He has also overseen the delivery of vital training to help Iraqi Security Forces defeat Daesh.

At this crucial time for defence, as we look to strengthen our Armed Forces in the face of intensifying global threats, I’m confident General Carter will be an outstanding Chief of the Defence Staff.

Additional funding announced for the Ministry of Defence

The Financial Times, Daily Mail and The Sun report that the Prime Minister has announced an additional £600 million in funding for the Dreadnought programme. The Prime Minister made the announcement in response to a question from Edward Argar MP during Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

This is a welcome boost to our Armed Forces, ensuring we can continue to back-up our national security with the ultimate capability. In a world of intensifying and evolving threats, we must strengthen and maintain our ability to seize opportunities and counter challenges as they emerge. I have launched the Modernising Defence Programme to ensure we have the capabilities we need to keep Britain safe in an increasingly dangerous world.

 

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