HMS Dauntless’ routine deployment underlines Britain’s right to defend the Falkland Islands

In 1982 foolish cuts to the Royal Navy by a Conservative government were seen as a green light by the Argentines to invade the Falklands. 2012 is the 30th anniversary of a short but bloody war that had a big impact on British history.

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“We do not have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong defence”

“We do not have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong defence, Indeed, in the longer-term one provides for the other.” It’s hard to believe it, but this is Defence Secretary Liam Fox, (quoting the US defence Secretary) speaking this week at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute).

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Air power from the sea – the case for aircraft carriers

The Issue

Current air operations in Afghanistan, emphasising the under-resourcing of helicopters, obscures the continuing dependency of the UK on the sea and sea-based air power. The historic and future dependence of the UK’s economy on the maritime environment drives the long-term requirement for the UK to have a flexible and proportionate global reach. This is not currently receiving the attention it deserves.

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