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Behind today’s recession led military budget debates lies a fundamental truth that is exacerbating the pain of defence retrenchment. This is that much of Europe has been under-investing in defence for years, by failing to meet self-imposed targets for spending as a pe...
A ground-breaking resolution agreed upon by the European Parliament in the closing sessions of 2011 have raised an interesting prospect - that European Union funds could be used to plug capability gaps for the continent’s militaries. Though a long way from formal en...
Since the financial crisis first plunged European budgets into the red, pundits have declared with mechanical persistence that "the time has finally come" for a fundamental shake-up of the EU’s defence initiatives. Each of these "epochs", usually coinciding with a...
It really is a pleasure to be at RUSI once again and to have the opportunity of discussing such an important issue and at such an appropriate moment. And, to those from industry, I’m very glad that this event is focusing on you, and your businesses. Focusing on th...
Poland has set aside $43 billion for its defence budget over the next ten years, marking the largest boost in military spending in its history. The new budget will see a record-breaking 7% increase in spending year-on-year with the 2013 budget now standing at $9.5 bil...
After being shuffled out of the MoD and handed a knighthood by David Cameron, former Defence Minister Gerald Howarth has called for the coalition government to spend more on defence and instead sacrifice other avenues of expenditure, such as overseas aid, to tackle th...
Defence related research and development (R&D) is a vital component of Europe’s technical industrial base. It not only provides the technological solutions that will power the next generation of high-performance platforms, but also contributes to the feedback loop...
European defence is still ailing from the ravages of the financial crisis. As operational performance in Libya and continued capability cuts illustrate, many European militaries have failed their health-check. Inappropriately structured for today’s operational chal...
Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning. Two weeks ago, the Government published this country’s first ever Strategic Defence and Security Review. The past few months have been an uncertain and worrying time for everyone in Defence because we all knew that chang...
With the latest economic forecasts from the European commission putting the UK's budget deficit for this calendar year at 12 percent of gross domestic product—the highest of all 27 EU nations—questions are inevitably being raised about the funding available for defenc...
The final part of Defence Dateline Group's three-part review of 2011 sees Jonathan Dowdall explore the development and changing nature of Europe’s defence industry.
Peter Luff MP Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology 15 March 2011 Speech delivered to the RUSI/ Cranfield conference on Defence Acquisition Reform at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham. Challenges that lie ahead I’m...
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