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Defence in the Media: Tuesday 29th January 2018

Today's defence related news includes reporting on MOD civil servants and claims that military equipment will be sold on the open market.

No-deal Brexit

The BBC has reported that up to 1,000 MOD workers could be redeployed to other areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit, following a memo from Defence Equipment & Support inviting volunteers to support other departments and local authorities.

A Government spokesperson said:

The Civil Service has the flexibility to deliver Government priorities and deploy resource appropriately to do this. This includes departments sharing staff and working together on joint projects.

 

Military equipment disposal

The Times follows up on its story from yesterday claiming that ‘sensitive military technology’ used by Britain is being offered for general sale, after a storage company used by defence contractor Leonardo went into liquidation.

The MOD's position, which makes clear there is no evidence of this, can be seen below.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Following several site inspections, we have not found or been shown any sensitive equipment at this site. All our contractors follow strict security regulations when storing military equipment, and we have no reason to believe this has been breached.