Soldiers' Muse +

By Edward Whishaw | Articles and extracts of news and interest from a soldier's perspective.  See also http://soldiersmuse.wordpress.com.

BAE Systems to cut almost 2,000 jobs

<b>BAE Systems is planning to cut almost 2,000 jobs in military, maritime and intelligence services, the firm says.</b><p>A total of 750 posts will go at the Warton and Samlesbury plants in Lancashire where parts for the Eurofighter Typhoon are manufactured.<p>BAE is facing an order gap for the Typhoon so wants …

BAE Systems

Public sector pay cap to be lifted

<b>The cap on public sector pay rises in England and Wales is to be lifted.</b><p>Ministers will now get "flexibility" to breach the longstanding 1% limit.<p>The announcement came as the government said police officers would get a 1% rise plus a 1% bonus, with prison officers getting a 1.7% rise - both funded …

Public Sector

North Korea fires missile over Japan in 'unprecedented threat'

<b>North Korea has fired a missile over Japan in a move Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an "unprecedented" threat to his country and US President Donald Trump said was an act of "contempt".</b><p>The missile, launched early on Tuesday Korean time, flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea.<p>The …

North Korea

US demands Afghanistan troop boost

MoD fails to cut civilians to help fill '£30bn' defence black hole

A Government plan to cut thousands of civil servants to help fill a black hole in the defence budget has apparently stalled, new figures show.<p>The Ministry of Defence in 2015 vowed to slash civilian numbers by 30 per cent by the end of the decade in efficiency savings that would balance a defence …

Army to break with tradition and recruit civilians into senior ranks

Army leaders will be recruited direct from the civilian world rather than rising up through the ranks, under a proposed overhaul to bring in specialist skills for 21st century warfare.<p>The plan to hire straight into the regular Army’s middle and possibly even higher ranks will overturn generations …

Mosul: Iraq PM in city to celebrate victory over IS

<b>Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has visited Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their "victory" over Islamic State militants in the city.</b><p>The city was "liberated", with "just one or two pockets" still controlled by IS, his office said in a statement.<p>Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have been …

Iraq

From motorbike messengers to frontline fighters, today we are marking 100 years of service by #WomenInDefence. https://t.co/091qxEUCn9

Tony Blair 'not straight' with UK over Iraq, says Chilcot

<b>Tony Blair was not "straight with the nation" about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC.</b><p>Speaking for the first time since publishing his report a year ago, Sir John Chilcot discussed why he thinks the former PM made those …

Foreign Policy

News story: Sweden and Finland join UK-led response force

Sweden and Finland have joined a UK-led high-readiness force tasked with tackling threats and responding to crises around the world.Defence Secretary …

War

What is Operation Temperer: Theresa May becomes first PM to deploy up to 5,000 soldiers on streets

Theresa May’s unprecedented decision to deploy up to 5,000 armed troops at key strategic sites makes her the first Prime Minister to use a new plan for a show of force in the face of major terrorist threats.<p>It puts her at odds with her predecessor David Cameron who was reluctant to use the …

1,500 British troops exercising with NATO allies in Europe

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has today visited some of the 1,500 British personnel currently exercising across five countries in Europe, …

Iran attacks: 'IS' hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

<b>Twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in the capital, Tehran, have killed at least 12 people and injured many more.</b><p>After hours of intermittent gunfire, officials said both incidents were over and the attackers were dead.<p>The Islamic State (IS) group has said it …

Iran

Defence in the media: Sunday 28 May 2017 - Defence in the media

Today’s defence news focuses on military support provided to the police through Operation Temperer.<p><b>Operation Temperer</b><p>Many papers report on Operation …

Manchester attack: Latest on police investigation - BBC News

Live Reporting<p>As the UK terror threat level is raised to its highest level, we ask what does that mean?<p>Police have arrested a man in the Moss Side area of Manchester in connection with Monday's attack.<p>Eight men remain in custody as part of the investigation, Greater Manchester Police say.<p>The …

Greater Manchester Police

Manchester attack: Three more arrests in bomber investigation

<b>Three more men have been arrested as police continue to investigate whether Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi acted alone.</b><p>Abedi's 23-year-old brother has also been arrested.<p>Abedi killed 22 and injured 64 when he blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. An off-duty …

Terrorism

Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt

<b>Nineteen people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.</b><p>The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.<p>Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the …

Terrorism

Four men arrested in east London over 'UK-linked terror plot'

A significant Islamist terror plot to cause a deadly attack in Britain has been broken up after four men were arrested in east London, counter terrorism officials believe.<p>Police raided six properties on Wednesday disrupted the alleged plot at an early stage of planning.<p>The unnamed men aged in their …

Terrorism

Register to vote

Before you start<p>You can also register by post.<p>You can’t register to vote if you’re in the UK illegally.<p>Public servants posted overseas<p>There are …

Nato asks UK to send more troops to Afghanistan

<b>Nato has asked Britain to consider sending more troops to Afghanistan, the BBC understands.</b><p>Currently there are about 500 British troops in the country, providing security in Kabul and training at the Afghan Officer Academy.<p>The BBC understands the request was made within the last few weeks.<p>Nato's …

War

Westminster operation: Man charged with preparing terrorist acts

<b>A man arrested near Downing Street last month has been charged with preparing terrorist acts, Scotland Yard says.</b><p>Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, 27, from north London, was also charged with two counts of making or having explosives.<p>Those two charges, under the Explosive Substances Act, relate to alleged …

Terrorism

'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province

With the Taliban resurgent and the security situation deteriorating, elite US forces have been redeployed in southern Afghanistan<p>When thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama’s resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful …

Afghanistan

News story: UK troops deploy to South Sudan to support peacekeeping mission

Touching down in country today, an additional 35 UK military personnel will join the current UK presence providing support to the UN Mission in South …

Africa

Armed Forces community open their doors to MSPs to show what life is like on the frontline

Service women and men working in the Royal Navy, Army and RAF will welcome MSPs to their bases as part of a new programme launched today at the …

War

BBC - Minds Matter: #1in4#1in4

One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year – so most of us will either have experienced it ourselves or know at least one person affected by it.<p>#1in4 is about breaking through the stigma associated with mental illness and making it easier to talk …

Mental Disorders

Eight things you may not know about the Battle of Passchendaele

2017 will see the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele with events taking place in Belgium in July. The battle which was also known as The Third …

PM: It’s a tremendous honour to be part of the Sovereign’s Parade with the very fine young men and women who graduated as officer cadets. https://t.co/C5brtYJ97e

News Suite by Sony

THE ONLY NEWS APP YOU NEED<br>With News Suite, you no longer have to visit multiple sites and apps to stay in the know. It organizes articles from 1000s …