Tuesday, 30 May 2017
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Nick Watts was at the launch of The Military Balance 2017

There has been much discussion of late in defence circles, concerning the level of defence expenditure, particularly compared to the US. This discussion was fuelled at the launch of the 2017 Military Balance published by the London base International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). By their calculation, the UK's expenditure as a percentage of GDP fell below the critical 2% level pledged by members of the NATO Alliance to 1.98% in 2016. This is explained by IISS as due to the UK's economy expanding faster than its defence expenditure.

114 service personne and 38 civilians in defence honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in the annual New Year Honours List
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This briefing provides an outline of the current evidence on UK military mental health, including prevalence rates of mental health problems in serving personnel (regulars and reserves) and data on suicide, help-seeking, violence and offending. As yet, there is no evidence of a 'bow wave', 'tidal wave' or 'tsunami' of mental health problems in UK Regulars or Reservists. The data was first published by King's Centre for Military Health Research and Academic Department for Military Mental Health two years ago. Continuing studies have not undermined it.

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