Tuesday, 25 July 2017
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113 Service personnel have been granted state honours, and 50 civilians have also been honoured either for work in the Ministry of Defence or in other aspects of UK Defence. They are listed in full on the next page

Secretary of State - Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

Minister of State - Rt Hon Earl Howe

Minister of State - Mark Lancaster TD MP

Minister for Defence Procurement - Harriet Baldwin MP

Minister for People and Veterans - Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

Nick Watts was at the launch of The Military Balance 2017

There has been much discussion of late in defence circles, concerning the level of defence expenditure, particularly compared to the US. This discussion was fuelled at the launch of the 2017 Military Balance published by the London base International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). By their calculation, the UK's expenditure as a percentage of GDP fell below the critical 2% level pledged by members of the NATO Alliance to 1.98% in 2016. This is explained by IISS as due to the UK's economy expanding faster than its defence expenditure.

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