DS is pleased to publish this MOD verbatim script of the recent speech by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones given on 28th June 2018 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Conference. Speech made by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, at the International Institute for Continue reading
Summary NATO is the cornerstone of UK defence. The 2018 NATO summit is taking place against a backdrop of increasing political uncertainty and potential military threat. As in previous times of danger, the UK Government must work with allies to ensure the country’s security. NATO has responded to the change in threat following the annexation Continue reading
DefenceSynergia (DS) is indebted to Howard Wheeldon for this excellent appraisal and analysis of the current media driven speculation regarding the funding of Defence. The ‘he said she said’ style of reporting. DS agrees with Howard that it is not possible to say what alleged statements have been made only that the ‘piggy in the Continue reading
The House of Commons Select Committee on Defence (HCDC) has this week published its preliminary findings ahead of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) report into the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). The bottom line from the HCDC is that HMG should be funding MOD with a minimum of 3% of Gross Domestic Continue reading
The Ministry of Defence’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) must address the challenges presented by the resurgence of state-based threats and be supported by a fully-funded and sustainable financial settlement, says a report published by the Defence Committee.
DS has constantly warned that the Defence funding settlement is threatened by MOD’s failure to control overpriced, often over specified and some dubious quality weapon systems programmes – the F35B Lightning II being the most recent and possibly the most contentious as even now, as the first aircraft are delivered, it remains an open ended technical and Continue reading
DefenceSynergia is grateful to Howard Wheeldon for these thoughts on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Space Conference being held on 21st May. It is especially relevant as the conference has triggered the Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson MP, to announce that Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Command has been Continue reading