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Armed Forces minister Nick Harvey hinted that a decision on Trident could be delayed until after the next election, as Liberal Democrat pass a motion supporting putting the nuclear weapons system in the strategic defence review. Party whip Tessa Munt has threatened to resign her post over the issue.
Defence secretary Liam Fox has told his US counterpart Robert Gates that Britain will keep its nuclear deterrent, despite the 19% planned cuts to the MoD. The Sun reveals that defence chiefs plan to reduce the Royal Navy's battleship fleet by half to make savings.
A final decision on a replacement for Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent is expected to be delayed until after the next election according to armed forces minister Nick Harvey. He told Lib Dem conference that holding off until 2015 would be of "profound political significance".
Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth clashed with his rivals Liam Fox of the Conservatives and Nick Harvey of the Liberal Democrats over the decision to make senior military personnel travel second class, in a head-to-head debate last night.
Defence minister Nick Harvey is to outline the nature of cyber attack threats facing the UK in a speech to the think tank Chatham House. He will also explain how the government intends to use cyberspace to help the military fight the wars of the future.
Tensions between the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence are at an all time high ahead of the strategic defence review. The Sunday Times reports warnings by defence officials, academics and army members that the review could seriously harm the UK's military capability if rushed.
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