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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... Her Majestys Government of the United Kingdom contains a number of Ministers and Secretaries of State. ... The armed forces of the United Kingdom, commonly known as the British Armed Forces or Her Majestys Armed Forces, and sometimes legally the Armed Forces of the Crown[1], encompasses a navy, army, and an air force. ...


The MOD states that its principal objective is to defend the United Kingdom and its interests.[1] With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War the MOD does not foresee 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 armed forces, contingency planning and defence procurement. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... For the Xzibit album, see Weapons of Mass Destruction (album). ... Terrorism is a controversial term with multiple definitions. ... Alternate cover US 1979 and 2002 reissue cover, also known as paint spatter cover For the military meaning, see Armed forces. ...

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History

During the 1920s and 1930s, British civil servants and politicians, looking back at the performance of the state during World War I, concluded that there was a need for greater co-ordination between the three Services that made up the armed forces of the United Kingdom—the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. The formation of a united ministry of defence was rejected by Prime Minister David Lloyd George's coalition government in 1921; but the Chiefs of Staff Committee was formed in 1923, for the purposes of inter-Service co-ordination. As rearmament became a concern during the 1930s, Stanley Baldwin created the position of Minister for Coordination of Defence. Lord Chatfield held the post until the fall of Neville Chamberlain's government, in 1940; but his success was limited by his lack of control over the existing Service departments and his limited political influence. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... “RAF” redirects here. ... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is, in practice, the political leader of the United Kingdom. ... David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, OM, PC (17 January 1863 – 26 March 1945) was a British statesman who was Prime Minister throughout the latter half of World War I and the first four years of the subsequent peace. ... The Chiefs of Staff Committee is composed of the most senior military personnel in the British forces. ... Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG, PC (3 August 1867 – 14 December 1947) was a British statesman and thrice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. ... The position of Minister for Coordination of Defence was a British Cabinet position established in 1936 to oversee and co-ordinate the rearmament on Britains defences. ... Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield, PC (1873-1967) was a British naval officer. ... This article is about the British prime minister. ...


Winston Churchill, on forming his government in 1940, created the office of Minister of Defence to exercise ministerial control over the Chiefs of Staff Committee and to co-ordinate defence matters. The post was held by the Prime Minister of the day until Clement Attlee's government introduced the Ministry of Defence Act of 1946. The new ministry was headed by a Minister of Defence who possessed a seat in the Cabinet. The three existing service Ministers — the Secretary of State for War, the First Lord of the Admiralty, and the Secretary of State for Air — remained in direct operational control of their respective services, but ceased to attend Cabinet. Churchill redirects here. ... Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951. ... The secretary of war in cabinet position was Henry Knox. ... The First Lord of the Admiralty was a British government position in charge of the Admiralty. ... The Secretary of State for Air was a cabinet level British position, in charge of the Air Ministry. ...


From 1946 to 1964 five Departments of State did the work of the modern Ministry of Defence: the Admiralty, the War Office, the Air Ministry, the Ministry of Aviation, and an earlier form of the Ministry of Defence. These departments merged in 1964; the defence functions of the Ministry of Aviation Supply merged into the Ministry of Defence in 1971.[2] This article is about a former military department of the United Kingdom. ... War Department Ordnance Survey Marker, Bermuda. ... The Air Council in session at the Air Ministry in July 1940 The Air Ministry was formerly a department of the British Government with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the Royal Air Force. ... Ministry of Aviation was a department of the United Kingdom government, established in 1959. ...


Defence policy

The 1998 Strategic Defence Review and the 2003 Delivering Security in a Changing World White Paper outlined the following posture for the British 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, with at least one as an enduring peace-keeping mission (e.g. Kosovo). These forces must be capable of representing the UK 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.

For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ...

Senior officials

The Secretary of State for Defence is the senior United Kingdom government minister in charge of the Ministry of Defence. ... Desmond Henry Browne (born 22 March 1952), commonly known as Des Browne, is a Scottish Labour Party politician. ... Minister of State is a title borne by officials in certain countries governed under the parliamentary system. ... Robert William Bob Ainsworth (b. ... Lord Drayson was appointed as the first Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support in March 2007. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... (Winifred) Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, PC (born 2 July 1947) is a British politician, and was Labour Member of Parliament for Dewsbury until 2005. ... John Derek Twigg (born 9 July 1959, Widnes) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ...

Permanent Secretaries and other senior officials

The Ministers and Chiefs of the Defence Staff are supported by a number of civilian, scientific and professional military advisors. The Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Defence (generally known as the Permanent Secretary) is the senior civil servant at the MOD. His role is to ensure the MOD operates effectively as a department of the government. The Permanent Secretary, in most departments officially titled the Permanent Under-Secretary of State (although the full title is rarely used), is the most senior civil servant of a British Government ministry, charged with running the department on a day-to-day basis. ...

  • Permanent Under-Secretary of State — Bill Jeffrey
  • Second Permanent Under-Secretary of State — Sir Ian Andrews
  • Chief of Defence Materiel — General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue
  • Chief Scientific Advisor — Professor Sir Roy Anderson

William Alexander (Bill) Jeffrey, born 28th February, 1948, is a British civil servant, currently Permanent Secretary for Defence in the UK. Jeffrey was educated at Allan Glens School, Glasgow, and Glasgow University. ... The Chief of Defence Materiel is a senior post in the British armed forces which is newly created with the formation of Defence Equipment & Support organisation. ... Professor Sir Roy Malcolm Anderson FRS is a leading British expert on epidemiology. ...

Chiefs of the Defence Staff

The current Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces, is Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup. He is supported by the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and by the professional heads of the three sections of the armed forces. The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the professional head of the British Armed Forces. ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup. ...

There are also several Deputy Chiefs of the Defence Staff with particular remits, such as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability), Deputy CDS (Personnel) and Deputy CDS (Commitments). The Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Health), Lt Gen Robert Baxter, represents the Defence Medical Services on the Defence Staff, even though the Surgeon General, Lt Gen Louis Lilliewhite, is the clinical head of that service.[3] The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) is the deputy to the professional head of the British Armed Forces. ... General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, KCB CBE ADC Gen, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces. ... The First Sea Lord is the professional head of the British Royal Navy. ... Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, KCB, ADC,BSc(Exon), (born 1950), since 2006, is the First Sea Lord of the United Kingdom, the most senior serving officer in the Royal Navy. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Chief of the General Staff (CGS) has been the title of the professional head of the British Army since 1964. ... General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt, KCB, CBE, MC (born 23 December 1950) is the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Chief of the Air Staff can also refer to the head of the Canadian Forces Air Command or the head of the Indian Air Force. ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy. ... “RAF” redirects here. ... Surgeon General can have several different meanings. ...


Departmental Agencies

The following executive agencies report directly to Ministers in the Ministry of Defence. An Executive Agency is a British public institution that carries out some part of the executive functions of the United Kingdom government, Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive. ...

Main Building—The Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, Westminster, London
Main Building—The Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, Westminster, London
1 reporting to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces.
2 reporting to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister of State for Defence Equippment & Support
3 reporting to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans

The Army Base Repair Organisation (ABRO) is an executive agency which reports to the United Kingdoms Ministry of Defence. ... The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is an agency that provides a postal service to HM Forces, separate from that provided by Royal Mail in the United Kingdom. ... The Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA) is an agency within the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) and was launched in July 1992 to provide professional analytical, economic and statistical services and advice to the United Kingdoms Ministry of Defence (MoD), and defence-related statistics to Parliament, other Government Departments... The Defence Aviation Repair Agency, better known as DARA, is an executive agency of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, responsible for the maintenance and repair of Royal Air Force and the Royal Navys aircraft. ... The Defence Bills Agency is an Executive Agency of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) which pays the bills from MOD contracts, invoices and collects MOD receipts and provides financial management information to budget holders. ... The Defence Communication Services Agency (DCSA) was responsible for the delivery of Information and Communication Services (ICS) across the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. ... DE&S headquarters, Abbey Wood, Bristol Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is the name of the merged procurement and support organisation within the UK Ministry of Defence. ... Defence Estates is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in the United Kingdom, which is responsible for the built and rural estate. ... The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is an Executive Agency of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). ... 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 borough of London, England with city status. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... 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 (originally an abbreviation for Meteorological Office, but now the official name in itself), which has its headquarters at Exeter in Devon, is the United Kingdoms national weather service. ... The Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency is a British Ministry of Defence executive agency which combines the Ministry of Defence Police and Ministry of Defence Guard Service under a single Chief Executive. ... The Ministry of Defence Police (or MOD Police; MDP; coloquially referred to as MOD Plods) is a non-Home Office police force in the United Kingdom. ... The Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service, or RNSTS, is the civilian-manned logistics service that supports the British Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hydrographic office. ... Logo of Veterans Agency The Veterans Agency is an Executive Agency of the UK governments Ministry of Defence. ...

Property portfolio

The Ministry of Defence is one of the United Kingdom's largest landowners, with hundreds of sites across the country, including military training grounds, ranges, storage and distribution centres, barracks, military-family accommodation and administrative buildings, etc. These are largely managed by the Defence Estates agency. A 2005 National Audit Office report values the MOD's estate at £15,300,000,000 and puts the area covered at 2,400 square kilometres (927 square miles) (or just under 1% of UK's land area). This figure has been much reduced since the Second World War and continues to diminish through rationalisation of bases, etc. Of this, a third is classified as "built"; two thirds are "rural" (mostly training areas whose natural environments have been little altered). The National Audit Office also estimates annual expenditure on the defence estate at £1,300,000,000. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1168x1760, 431 KB) Summary A British Army etc. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1168x1760, 431 KB) Summary A British Army etc. ... The armed forces of the United Kingdom, commonly known as the British Armed Forces or Her Majestys Armed Forces, and sometimes legally the Armed Forces of the Crown[1], encompasses a navy, army, and an air force. ... Recruitment refers to the process of finding possible candidates for a job or function, usually undertaken by recruiters. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... A barracks housing conscripts of Norrbottens regemente in Boden, Sweden. ... Defence Estates is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in the United Kingdom, which is responsible for the built and rural estate. ... The National Audit Office (NAO) is an independent Parliamentary body in the United Kingdom which is responsible for auditing central government departments, government agencies and non-departmental public bodies. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... “Miles” redirects here. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...


Henry VIII's wine cellar at the Palace of Whitehall, built in 1514–1516, is in the basement of the Ministry 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. “Henry VIII” redirects here. ... The Palace of Whitehall by Hendrick Danckerts. ... Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Ministry of Defence website, accessed 23 April 2006.
  2. ^ http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/History/HistoryOfTheMOD/
  3. ^ Defence Medical Services Department. www.dmsd.mod.uk. DMS. Retrieved on 2006-11-15.

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  • Chester, D. N and Willson, F. M. G. The Organisation of British Central Government 1914–1964: Chapters VI and X (2nd edition). London: George Allen & Unwin, 1968.

External links

  • Official website
  • Defence Image Database
  • Defencemanagement.com - Defence News

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