Today’s defence related news includes coverage on the Chief of the Defence Staff’s speech at RUSI last night, and a Radio 4 documentary on legacy issues in Northern Ireland.
Chief of the Defence Staff RUSI speech
General Sir Nick Carter gave an address to the Royal United Services Institute last night, the first in his role as Chief of the Defence Staff. The Times, Independent and Mirror covered the speech, mentioning CDS’ comments that threats are “diversifying, proliferating and intensifying very rapidly”. The Telegraph also carried a comment piece from Con Coughlin, focusing on CDS’ comments on veterans. The Sun featured a similar angle, while The Press and Journal also carried thoughts from CDS on the military’s abilities to defend the nation. The Daily Mail also featured the speech online.
Radio 4 Northern Ireland documentary
BBC Radio 4 aired a documentary last night on the Government’s approach to addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past, looking in particular at the deployment of the British Army as part of Operation Banner. BBC Online also ran an article on the documentary.
The documentary came as retired General Sir Nick Parker gave evidence at a House of Commons Defence Committee session yesterday, which is covered in The Telegraph, Mirror, Herald, Daily Express and Sun.
A Government spokesperson said:
It is only due to the courageous efforts of our security forces that we have the relative peace and stability that Northern Ireland enjoys today. We are now considering how best to improve the current system and ensure that there is no unfair and disproportionate focus on former members of the Armed Forces. The welfare of our personnel and veterans is of the utmost importance and we provide legal and pastoral support to any veteran who requires it.