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Ministry of Defence (UR)
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Agency overview
Formed 2010 (current state)
Headquarters Whitehall, Westminster, United Republic
Employees 80,000 Civilian Staff
Annual budget £27.3 Million
Minister responsible Philip Stevenson, Secretery of State for Defence
Child agencies Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Defence Support Group
Hydrographic Office

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Republic's government department responsible for implementing the defence policy set by the countrie's government, and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. The MOD states that its principal objectives are to defend Great Britain and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability. 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 UR's interests. The MOD also manages day-to-day running of the armed forces, contingency planning and defence procurement.

Ministers

Minister Rank Portfolio
Philip Steveson SSD Secretary of State for Defence Overall responsibility and strategic direction
Nick Harvey MP Minister of State Operations, force generation
Gerald Howarth MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State International security strategy, defence exports
The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Defence personnel, welfare and veterans
Peter Luff MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Defence equipment, support and technology
Gareth Kenworthing MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Spokesman

Defence Policies

The 2010 Strategic Restructuring of the Defence Policies outlined the following posture for Great Britain;

  • The ability to support three simultaneous small- to medium-scale operations, with at least two as an enduring peace-keeping mission. These forces must be capable of representing the UR as lead nation in any coalition operations.
  • To End Britains involvement in the current Gulf War.

Perceived Current Threats

Since the Cold War the Ministry of Defence has not perceived the threat of any military confrontation from any other states directly, and the threat has been replaced by Terrorism. Althoguh Britains involvement in the current Gulf War ended in 2011, along with the reduction of nuclear warhead stocks, down to 70, the country has strengthened its defences against terrorism at home, but 'without cracking down on any civil liberties in doing so, much unlike the former United States' stated the Secretery of State for Defence, Phillip Stevenson.

Departmental Organisation

The Ministry of Defence includes the following agencies;

  • Central Command Organisations;
    • Air Command
    • Army Headquarters
    • Navy Command
    • Chief of Joint Operations
  • Support Organisations;
    • Defence Business Services
    • Defence Equipment and Support
    • Defence Infrastructure Organisation
    • Great Britain Hydrographic Office
  • Non Departmental Bodies;
    • National Army Mueseum
    • National Mueseum of the British Navy
    • National Air Force Mueseum

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