Release of colour images adds more clarity to debate but fails to prove responsibilityThe sophistication of the attacks on two shipping tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week had already led most independent analysts to conclude Iran was responsible for…Read more
Workers say augmented reality headsets provided to US army risk ‘turning warfare into a simulated video game’Microsoft workers are calling on their employer to cancel a $480m contract to provide the US army with augmented reality (AR) headsets, saying …Read more
Jeff Bezos’s company hosts top secret CIA data and powers the US immigration case management system. Now it’s poised to take on a $10bn Pentagon projectFirst it sold books. Then it added gadgetry, groceries and chipper virtual assistants. But Amazon’s …Read more
Commemorative stamp, which depicted US troops landing in Indonesia, is being withdrawnRoyal Mail has apologised and announced it will withdraw a commemorative D-day stamp which depicts US troops in Indonesia, rather than the allied D-day landings in Fr…Read more
We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies. By Yasha LevineThe internet surrounds us. It mediates modern life, like a giant, uns…Read more
Satellite company sees its price rise 13% and says US firm ‘significantly undervalues’ itInmarsat, Britain’s leading satellite company, has rejected a bid approach from a US rival, in what could signal the start of a fresh foreign takeover saga.Respond…Read more
Alan Quinn criticises Tory governments for their ideological commitment to buying US not UK military hardware; Ronald Fairfax says the Boeing 747 was a project totally subsidised by the US government; George Lewis says any UK failure to continue with its Boeing MoD contracts would result in the grounding of important aerospace assets
Michael Fallon’s weasel words threatening Boeing about MoD contracts (Report, 28 September), following the trade tariffs being placed on Bombardier aircraft (Report, 26 September) are pathetic. His government since 2010 has placed order after order after order with Boeing for helicopters when they could have been made under licence in the UK, keeping British aerospace workers in a job. His incompetent government scrapped £4bn worth of BAE Nimrod submarine hunters in 2010. After a Russian periscope was spotted off the Faslane nuclear facility in 2012, they then ordered £3bn worth of inferior Boeing P-8s. This deal has no substantial UK offset, doesn’t use UK-sourced arms and wasn’t hedged against currency movements. The icing on the cake is that these Boeings can’t even be refuelled in the air by the RAF.
According to Unite the union, by 2020 a quarter of the UK’s defence budget will be spent in the US, mainly because it’s the ideological choice of the Tories to “buy off the shelf” US kit rather than UK hardware. We are losing the ability to produce our own defence hardware. Another irony is that he threatens a trade war against the very country his government is desperate to do a trade deal with after the EU referendum. He would be better off getting David Davis engaging with the EU as we’d have more success together against the US with our European allies than on our own.Read more
Expenses included luxury cars and salaries paid to ‘significant others’ of company’s top executives, according to Pentagon
A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the US government for more than $50m (£38.4m) in expenses that included luxury cars and salaries paid to the “significant others” of the company’s top executives, according to a Pentagon audit.
New Century Consulting (NCC) also spent $42,000 on automatic weapons, using cash to get around a prohibition in the contract on purchasing the firearms and showered other personnel with hefty pay and bonuses. Missouri senator Claire McCaskill summarised the audit’s major findings in a letter to the US defence secretary, Jim Mattis, which she released on Wednesday.Read more
Shares in the defense company neared their lowest level since the election as the president-elect continues to air his gripes about price of the F-35 fighter jet
Lockheed-Martin led defense stocks lower on Friday, after President-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter salvo over the cost of the company’s F-35 fighter jet, in which he said he had asked rival Boeing to “price-out” an older aircraft as an alternative.
Experts questioned the wisdom of Trump’s “impractical if not irrational” intervention in the world of arms procurement, one writing that “unless the rules of physics have changed”, the president-elect’s request made no sense.Read more
Military action in Syria and a rise in defence spending in the UK, the US and Europe has reinvigorated the once-ailing British arms industry The yellow flare from an RAF Tornado jet lit up Akrotiri base in Cyprus as it hurtled down the runway and roare…Read more