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Encyclopedia > British Ministry of Defence
Main Building - The Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, Westminster, London
Main Building - The Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, Westminster, London
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and the headquarters of the UK military. Ministry of Defence (London, England). ... Ministry of Defence (London, England). ... Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough and a city in its own right, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, which contains Big Ben London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Tri service logo This image is Crown copyright protected. ... Tri service logo This image is Crown copyright protected. ... The Government of the United Kingdom contains a number of Ministries, known in the United Kingdom as Government Departments. ... The armed forces of the United Kingdom are known as the British Armed Forces or Her Majestys Armed Forces, officially the Armed Forces of the Crown. ...


The principal objective of the MoD is to ensure the security of the UK and its overseas territories. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War the MoD does not forsee any short-term conventional military threat; rather it has identified weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism and failed and failing states as the overriding threats to the UK's interests. The MoD also manages day to day running of the military, contingency planning and defence procurement. For the generic term for a high-tension struggle between countries, see cold war (war). ... Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) generally include nuclear, biological, chemical and, increasingly, radiological weapons. ... Terrorism is a controversial term with multiple definitions. ...

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Defence policy

The 1998 Strategic Defence Review and the 2003 Delivering Security in a Changing World White Paper outlined the following posture for the UK armed forces: The Strategic Defence Review (or SDR) was a policy document produced by the Labour Government that came to power in 1997. ... The 2003 Defence White Paper, entitled Delivering Security in a Changing World sets out the future of the British military , and builds on the 1998 Strategic Defence Review (SDR) and the 2002 SDR New Chapter which responded to the challenges raised by the War on Terror. ...

  • The ability to support three simultaneous small to medium scale operations, where at least one is an enduring peace-keeping mission (e.g. Kosovo). These forces must be capable of acting as lead nation in any coalition operations.
  • The ability, at longer notice, to deploy forces in a large scale operation while running a concurrent small scale operation.

Kosova (Serbian: Косовa / Kosova, Albanian: Kosovë / Kosova), in English most often called just Kosova, is a province of Serbia. ...

Ministers as of May 6, 2005

May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Secretary of State for Defence is the senior United Kingdom government minister in charge of the Ministry of Defence. ... The Right Honourable Dr. John Reid (born May 8, 1947 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland to a mixed-religion couple) is a British politician, MP for Airdrie and Shotts, and Secretary of State for Defence. ... Minister of State is a title borne by officials in certain countries governed under the parliamentary system. ... The Right Honourable Adam Ingram (born January 1, 1947) is a Scottish politician, and member of Parliament for East Kilbride. ... James Donnelly Touhig, known as Don Toulhig (born December 5, 1947) is the Welsh Labour and Co-operative member of Parliament for Islwyn, and is a junior minister at the Wales Office. ...

Departmental Agencies

1 reporting to the Minister of State (Armed Forces).
2 reporting to the Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Defence Procurement)
3 reporting to the Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Veterans)

The Defence Logistics Organisation is an agency of the United Kingdom MoD charged with managing the storage and supply chain assets of the Ministry and the British Armed Forces. ... DPA headquarters, Bristol The Defence Procurement Agency (DPA), is an Executive Agency of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence responsible for the acquisition of materiel and equipment, as well as associated services, for the British armed forces. ... The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is part of the British Ministry of Defence. ... The Duke of York’s Royal Military School was originally founded in 1801 by Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. ... The new building on the edge of Exeter The Met Office (note: no longer an abbreviation for Meteorological Office but a name in itself), which has its headquarters at Exeter in Devon, is the UKs national weather service. ... The Ministry of Defence Police (or MOD Police; MDP) is the police force of the British Ministry of Defence. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... The Warship Support Agency was disbanded in 2005 as part of the Defence Logistics Organisation restructuring exercise. ...

Origins

The Ministry of Defence subsumed the operations of the Admiralty, the War Office and the Air Ministry in 1964. Old Admiralty House, Whitehall, London, Thomas Ripley, architect, 1723-26, was not admired by his contemporaries and earned him some scathing couplets from Alexander Pope The Admiralty was historically the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... Old War Office Building, Whitehall, London - the former location of the War Office The War Office was a former department of the British Government, responsible for the administration of the British Army between the 17th century and 1963, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence. ... The Air Ministry was formerly a department of the United Kingdom Government, established in 1918 with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the (then newly formed) Royal Air Force. ...


Buildings and Estate

The Ministry of Defence is one of the United Kingdom's largest landowners, with hundreds of sites (including military training grounds, ranges, storage and distribution centres, barracks, military family accommodation and administrative buildings etc.) across the country. Although much reduced since the Second World War, a recent estimate placed the MOD's aggregate landholding at some 1% of the UK's total landmass by area. Barracks are military housing. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...


Henry VIII's wine cellar from the Palace of Whitehall built in 1514-1516 is located within the basement of the Ministy of Defence headquarters (commonly known as "Main Building") in Whitehall, and is used for entertainment. The entire structure was moved a short distance in 1949 in order to accommodate the layout of the MOD building. Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death. ... The Palace of Whitehall was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698 when all except Inigo Jones 1622 Banqueting House was destroyed by fire. ... // Events March - Louis XII of France makes peace with Emperor Maximilian. ... Events March - With the death of Ferdinand II of Aragon, his grandson Charles of Ghent becomes King of Spain as Carlos I. July - Selim I of the Ottoman Empire declares war on the Mameluks and invades Syria. ... Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ...


External Links:

  • Official website

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Talk:Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1192 words)
It may be used for translating most similar names of ministries of defence of other countries, and may even be the official English translation in many cases (see [1]).
I would rather that Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) were moved to the unambiguous British Ministry of Defence, which is a common form of the organisation's name used when it is necessary to specify a nationality.
Defence is strictly a Commonwealth English term, while Defense is generic for both International English and U.S. English, so it's likely to be used for other Defense Ministries of the world (see searsh results).
Ministry of Defence Police - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (438 words)
The Ministry of Defence Police (or MOD Police; MDP) is the police force of the British Ministry of Defence.
Unlike most British police forces, all of its officers are trained to use firearms and 70 per cent are armed at any one time.
It had a presence at 120 Ministry of Defence sites, such as the Royal Arsenal; munitions and storage depots; housing estates; US Air Force Bases (on a reimbursement basis); Royal Ordnance Factories; Defence Research Establishments; and the Royal Mint.
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