Defence in the media: Friday 3 August 2018

Today’s defence related news includes continued coverage of Northern Ireland legacy cases and Defence Secretary’s visit to Romania.

Chief of Defence Staff comments on historic allegations

There is widespread coverage of the Chief of Defence Staff, first media interviews since taking the post. He spoke on a range of defence issues, including the Modernising Defence Programme, Cyber, Recruitment, Russia, Defence Spending and Northern Ireland legacy issues.

The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Glasgow Herald, The Sun, The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail. General Sir Nick Carter was also interviewed live on BBC Breakfast and Radio 4’s Today Programme.

 Karen Bradley has written in The Telegraph about the heroic contribution and sacrifice of UK Armed Forces personnel who served in Northern Ireland who contributed to the peace process. She writes that a statute of limitations for veterans would not be legally possible without extending it to terrorists, something she could not support.

Defence Secretary visit to Romania

 The Daily Mirror report on Gavin Williamson’s announcement on initiatives to strengthen security ties with Romania and thanked RAF crews for their work patrolling the skies of southern Europe with NATO.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

 European security is our security and though we are leaving the EU our commitment to our allies remains steadfast. That is why we are accelerating our military collaboration with Romania, with whom we enjoy a strong relationship.

NATO is the cornerstone of both our nations’ security and this deployment demonstrates the alliance’s collective resolve and readiness in a world of intensifying threats.

Image of the day

Pictured - The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.