Today’s defence related news includes coverage of new armed forces personnel statistics, and the implications of new rules on compensation claims from service personnel.
Defence Spending A bill which aims to enshrine in law a coalition pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of the gross domestic product on aid is to be debated in the House of Lords
Operational Honours There is widespread coverage of the awards given in Operational Honours List 43, which recognises the bravery and meritorious service of all three branches of the Armed Forces across the globe.
Ukraine deployment All of today’s papers cover Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that Britain will send military personnel to Ukraine to train the country’s Armed Forces with medical, logistics, tactical intelligence and infantry teams.
The Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Times report today that a British soldier who tried to join Kurdish forces battling ISIL is returning to his unit. The coverage includes comments from the soldier’s …
On Sunday I represented the UK at the latest contract signing to enhance capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Yesterday The Times reported that the UK will send a signal of weakness to President Putin if the next Government fails to spend at least 2% of GDP on Defence.
This afternoon the Prime Minister announced a £859 million investment in the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, the Royal Navy’s next generation frigate.
Russian aircraft There has also been widespread reporting today, including on the Telegraph website, that RAF Typhoon aircraft scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft travelling off the coast of the UK yesterday.
ISIL & Libya Security in Libya has collapsed in the wake of the revolution that unseated Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 reports the Daily Telegraph
Iraq There is a story in the Independent (p6) which follows yesterday’s widespread reporting of the Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi interview, in which he says he is planning a major offensive to liberate Mosul.