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Babcock says VT bid hinges on Mouchel deal being dropped
Babcock confirmed it would not make a firm offer for VT Group without an agreement that VT would drop its bid for the support services company Mouchel.
Dannatt: Trident might not be needed in five years
The UK may not need an independent nuclear deterrent in five years' time, former head of the army General Sir Richard Dannatt has said. Sir Richard said the government's decision to renew Trident was right but only "on a very narrow points decision".
MoD 'failed to keep track of radios worth £155m'
The Ministry of Defence has been criticised by MPs for losing track of 3,900 radio systems worth £155 million – some of which may have fallen into the hands of the Taliban.
'Pacification' of Europe is threat to security, US tells Nato
The Obama administration accused Europe's leaders of endangering peace today because of their growing pacifism and reluctance to foot the bill for adequate defence.
US Navy moves to let women serve on submarines
The US defence department has decided to allow women to serve aboard submarines, according to officials. Defence Secretary Robert Gates has approved the recommendation and sent letters to Congress informing them of the plan.