George Osborne insisted Britain remains "hugely influential in the world" after former Nato commander General Sir Richard Shirreff said the Prime Minister has become "a diplomatic irrelevance" over the Ukraine crisis.
Osborne was pressed repeatedly on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show over whether the Ministry of Defence's share of the cuts would mean falling below the commitment of at least 2% of national wealth going to the military
"We are currently hitting that target. I am not going to pre-judge our defence review. But people know that we care about our nation's security and defence because we have invested in the latest equipment," Osborne said.
"People know we have met the 2% commitment and are meeting it today."
The animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross has been awarded to a labrador called Sasha who was killed serving in Afghanistan in 2008.Read the full story ›
More than 1,500 military personnel will lose their jobs in the final round of armed forces redundancies, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed.
Redundancies will include up to 1,425 members of the Army, up to 70 medical and dental officers from the RAF and up to 10 from the Royal Navy, Hammond told MPs in a Commons statement.
The fourth tranche of redundancies is part of an armed forces re-structuring programme which will see the regular Army cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020, while the newly-renamed Army Reserve - formerly the Territorial Army - is being expanded from 19,000 to 30,000.
Audiences including the Duke of Cambridge will be treated to spectacular stunt displays this weekend at the annual British Military Tournament at London's Earl's Court.
Final rehearsals have been performed for the event, which raises money for three military charities, and this year celebrates heroes from British military history.
Bryan Adams and ITN journalist Caroline Froggatt produced Wounded: The Legacy of War - a book of portraits of injured servicemen.Read the full story ›
Prime Minister David Cameron has shown his support for this year's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by posing outside Downing Street this morning with the Poppy Girls.
The five-strong singing group, aged between 10 and 17, are the daughters of five men serving in the Armed Forces and have released a fundraising single for the Royal British Legion's appeal.
- The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" by Lt Col John McCrae. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow on soldiers' graves
- In 1918, American Christian worker Moina Michael, inspired by the poem, published "We Shall Keep the Faith". She vowed to always wear a poppy and began distributing them at conferences
- Until 1996, poppies were made by disabled veterans in Canada, but have since been made by a private contractor
- A team of about 50 people - most of them disabled former British military personnel - work all year making millions of poppies at the Poppy Factory in Richmond
- To commemorate animal victims of war, Animal Aid has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alongside the traditional red one
This year's Royal British Legion's poppy appeal is launched today.
In the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday, the poppies are sold by the Legion to raise money to support all current and former British military personnel.
Pop groups The Saturdays, Union J and Luminites launched this year's Poppy Appeal with a concert at RAF Northolt.Read the full story ›