Arms dealers are having an increasing influence in schools

BAE Systems is Britain’s largest defence company and the third largest arms firm in the world, with 95 per cent of its business military-related. The company has visited more than 400 schools across the UK and produced lessons for children as young as seven years old, prompting critics to describe its access as a “moral … Continue reading Arms dealers are having an increasing influence in schools

Britain’s arms exports grow by billions

Documents seen by i weekend show that Britain almost doubled the value of defence equipment, including fighter jets and munitions, it cleared for export in 2017, as it vies with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to be the world’s second largest weapons supplier. The £6.6bn of UK arms licences represents an 83 per cent rise on the previous year. … Continue reading Britain’s arms exports grow by billions

Brexit: increase in military cooperation between Japan and UK

http://www.inthelongrun.org/articles/article/brexit-the-view-from-japan-or-the-tokyo-consensus Since the United Kingdom chose to leave the EU, a new consensus has emerged amongst Tokyo-based policymakers, such as members of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and those close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, myself included. Call it the 'Tokyo Consensus'. It assumes that, as far as Japan’s national interest is concerned, Brexit may … Continue reading Brexit: increase in military cooperation between Japan and UK

UK ‘hides extent of arms sales to Saudi Arabia’

Britain has consistently said that it keeps all arms exports under close scrutiny and that licensing is made on a case-by-case basis. But now a freedom of information request reveals that for the last five years, Britain has been selling Storm Shadow and Brimstone air-to-surface missiles and Paveway IV bombs to the Saudis under what … Continue reading UK ‘hides extent of arms sales to Saudi Arabia’

Four RAF F-35 fighter jets land in UK

Four new RAF F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets have landed in the UK. The jets, which cost £92m each, made the 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic from a US Marine Corps base in South Carolina. The supersonic planes will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, where they are expected to be in operation by … Continue reading Four RAF F-35 fighter jets land in UK