The chairman of the independent review into Britain’s National Ship Building Strategy is advocating a ‘cheap and cheerful’ Royal Navy. However, Sir John Parker is unlikely to face action on the unsuitable ships he is proposing.
The financial sector has long been in the forefront of the fight against financial crime. But, as the industry works to rehabilitate its reputation following the global financial crisis, this largely unseen role is increasingly being brought into the light.
The NATO Summit in Lisbon on 19 November was hailed as a 'tremendous success' by US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. But how much of a consensus was actually reached on the 'headline' issues? And were smaller details glossed over for political expediency?
The NATO Lisbon Summit is heaped with expectation, but it is unlikely to deliver radical reforms. Although escalating tensions in Afghanistan and rapprochement with Russia is high on the agenda, ‘Getting NATO’s house in Order’ would be the greatest headline for this summit.