Defence

Nato is no longer 'brain dead'

29 June 2022 9:12 pm

Finland and Sweden will be formally invited to join Nato today. Them joining the alliance will bolster Nato’s presence in the…

France is strong where Britain and America are weak

19 March 2022 10:31 pm

Emmanuel Macron unveiled his campaign manifesto in a carefully orchestrated press conference on Thursday and his pledges to cut taxes…

Can Britain afford to spend more on defence?

15 March 2022 11:02 pm

With rumours swirling that the Ministry of Defence will see its budget boosted in next week’s spring statement it’s hard…

Putin’s invasion has exposed the frailty of Europe’s armies

26 February 2022 6:05 pm

Putin’s forces are currently steamrolling Ukraine’s defences, with Russian troops circling the capital and invading from the south and east…

What I really said to Gordon Brown: Field Marshal Lord Guthrie sets the record straight

11 December 2021 9:00 am

A headline in the Mail on Sunday, taken up eagerly by the BBC’s Todayprogramme, claimed recently: ‘The SAS is getting…

Defence contractors were the real winners in Afghanistan

22 August 2021 8:00 am

The fall of Kabul, like the fall of Saigon, will be taught in classrooms for decades to come. But the…

Has Britain learned from its failures in Afghanistan?

25 March 2021 5:20 am

As the Americans prepare to leave Afghanistan, and in the UK we hold our own Defence Review, should we not…

The terrifying development of AI warfare

21 February 2021 6:30 pm

The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in France contains some of the earliest known Palaeolithic cave paintings, including those of lions, bears, and…

Tanking the tanks could be a big mistake

29 August 2020 9:00 am

That an abundance of tanks is no guarantee of a happy and secure nation was evident from the Soviet Union’s…

An off-the-shelf insect repellent could help kill Covid-19

27 August 2020 9:30 pm

Should we be spraying surfaces, and ourselves, with an off-the-shelf mosquito repellent to tackle the spread of Covid-19? The Ministry…

Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

 Sydney For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are…

Will Britain find a new role in the world after Brexit?

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Britain’s imperial past distorts the debate about our place in the world, but not in the way that is commonly…

If he’s lucky, Jeremy Corbyn might be as good on defence as Nero

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nicholas Houghton is worried that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will never use the existing…

Wanted: a party leader willing to talk about defence

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In the 1984 US presidential election, Ronald Reagan came up with an effective way of embarrassing his rival Walter Mondale…

In this election, won't someone please weaponise defence?

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be…

Hadrian’s advice for a new Defence Secretary

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Michael Fallon, the new Defence Secretary, is a classicist by training. What lessons, if any, might he take from his…

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Just as every child now thinks he’s going to die of global warming, so those of us who grew up…

Max Hastings’ diary: I love the British Army (but not the Blackadder version of it)

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The looming centenary of the outbreak of the first world war offers an opportunity to break away from the Blackadder/Oh!…