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US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

World
US Defence Secretary James Mattis is resigning, the latest in a string of senior US officials to do so.His announcement came a day after President Trump said he was withdrawing troops from Syria - a decision General Mattis is understood to oppose. In his resignation letter, Gen Mattis strongly hinted at policy differences with Mr Trump.He said the president had the right to appoint someone "whose views are better aligned with yours".Gen Mattis, 68, will leave the job in February. President Trump has not immediately named a successor, but said one would be appointed shortly. White House revolving door: Who's gone? Trump rewrites US Syria policy Members of Congress from both sides of the political divide have reacted with shock to ...
Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Technology
UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017.Sky News previously revealed the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents throughout the whole of last year, with military data exposed to nation-state level cyber risks on dozens of occasions.These incidents included defence information being left unprotected to foreign states' surveillance of internet traffic, and checks not being performed to spot sophisticated espionage malware on computer devices.Similar slip-u...
Prepare for cash crunch if no Brexit deal – defence body

Prepare for cash crunch if no Brexit deal – defence body

Business
The Treasury should prepare emergency measures to ease a cashflow crisis that could hit companies in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, the leading body representing Britain's aerospace and defence industry has told Philip Hammond. Sky News has seen a letter from ADS, the trade association which counts Airbus and Rolls-Royce among its members, in which its chief executive urges the chancellor to ensure that there is sufficient liquidity to prevent companies being punished for "dipping into their overdraft or for breaching loan covenants".The call from Paul Everitt for the Treasury to begin contingency planning with banks and other lenders in order to avert a cashflow squeeze reflects growing anxiety across manufacturing industries about the ramifications of no deal being agre...
Putin to reduce defence spending in fourth term

Putin to reduce defence spending in fourth term

World
Vladimir Putin has called for political unity as he starts his fourth term as president of Russia. After winning a landslide of 77% of the vote, Mr Putin called for his opponents to come together to focus on domestic issues and pledged to reduce the amount of money spent on the military.Mr Putin said Russia has spent enough over the last few years on new weapons to avoid excessive pressure on the economy in the future and so he could now reduce defence spending.Setting out his stall ahead of his fourth term in charge, he vowed not to engage in an arms race, saying: "There is no intention to speed up some kind of arms race, and just the opposite, we will develop constructive relations with all the countries of the world."We want and call for our partners to have a constructive dialogue, but...
Defence giant BAE to axe over 1,000 UK jobs

Defence giant BAE to axe over 1,000 UK jobs

Business
BAE Systems, Britain's biggest defence contractor, is to axe more than 1,000 jobs this week in a bitter blow for Britain's manufacturing industry.Sky News has learnt that BAE will announce that many of the job cuts will affect its Warton plant in Preston, Lancashire, with the company's new chief executive, Charles Woodburn, also "trimming" its workforce at other locations.Insiders said the number of jobs being axed would number "well over 1,000", although the precise figure was unclear on Monday.BAE employs 34,600 people in the UK, nearly half of its 83,000-strong global workforce.The move is certain to ignite a furious political row because of the timing of the cuts, with heightened sensitivity over workforce reductions at major exporters amid uncertainty over the terms of Brexit.Sources ...