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Senior promotions, new appointments and retirements. One stars are on the next page.

Brig B J Bathurst OBE to be promoted Maj Gen and to succeed Maj Gen J R Hockenhull OBE as Dir MoD Min Adv Gp HQ ISAF wef June 14

Brig M L Smith MBE to be promoted Maj Gen RM and succeed Maj Gen E G M David OBE as Cdr UK Amphib Forces and CGRM wef June 14

Brig M A Armstrong to be Actg Maj Gen, and Dir Service Delivery DIO

114 members of the armed forces and 3 civilians have been named in the latest Operational Honours and Awards List, which recognises service on operations in Afghanistan and national operations for the period April to October 2013, and is on the next page.

We at Defence Viewpoints believe that gallantry – especially the CGC, next only to the VC/GC -  should take precedence

The UK Ministry of Defence has released its second annual Defence Equipment Plan, covering financial years 2013/14 through to 2022/23.

The total overall budget is £164bn. £4.6bn is reserved for contingencies, and £8.4bn is unallocated.

There's a fuller exposition on the next page

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