The mother and sister of the military policewoman who committed suicide after alleging she had been raped say she was 'badly let down'.
Philip Hammond is expected to confirm 1,400 job losses in the Army but the Head of the Army said there will be no more "forced exodus".
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed how much it has spent on the failed attempt to part-privatise its defence procurement arm.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond released a tribute to Sapper Adam Moralee, from Newcastle, who is the first soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in 2014.
He said: "It is clear from the tributes paid to Sapper Moralee that he was a determined and respected soldier who was good-humoured, trustworthy and considerate.
"His untimely death is a tragedy and my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, fiancee and friends at this difficult time."
The British soldier who died yesterday in Afghanistan has been named as Adam Moralee, 23, from Newcastle.
A sapper with 32 Engineer Regiment Group, Moralee was fatally injured "preparing engineer plant equipment for redeployment" in Camp Bastion, the MoD said in a statement.
Sapper Moralee joined the Royal Engineers in 2008, aged 17, and was deployed to Afghanistan in September last year. He was due to be promoted to Lance Corporal later this year.
The family of Sapper Adam Moralee, who died yesterday from non-battle related injuries sustained in Camp Bastion, have released a statement paying tribute to "a loving son, fiancé, and friend" who they say "touched everyone’s hearts that came into contact with him."
– Family of Sapper Adam Moralee
As a son he was full of life and always the joker of the family, who never took anything too seriously.
He loved his job and the friends he made from his time in the Army, and he would never have swapped those experiences for the world.
He treated his fiancée, Emma, like his princess and the love they shared was clear to all of those who were lucky enough to see it.
To be his wife would have made Emma feel like the luckiest girl in the world and they were each others’ one true love and soul mates.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has accused a committee of MPs of failing to recognise the need to counter evolving threats, such as potential cyber-attacks, meant there had to be a shift in the balance of defence spending.
Mr Hammond said:
It is not possible to maintain traditional regular forces at historic levels while also investing in countering the threats of tomorrow.
The Army 2020 structure is not simply about a reduction in size; it is a complete overhaul of how the Army works to deliver a fully-integrated force, using a better mix of regulars, reserves and contractors to get the maximum defence effect from the budget.
Government cuts to the Army have not been thought through and could leave Britain dangerously exposed in the event of a future crisis, MPs have warned.
The Commons Defence Committee said the restructuring progamme - known as the Army 2020 plan - was driven by the need to fit a "financial envelope" rather than a proper assessment of potential threats.
It has urged the Ministry of Defence to draw up contingency plans for a rapid recruitment programme in case there was urgent need for more troops to deal with an emergency.
Commenting on the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan, the Commanding Officer of 32 Engineer Regiment Group, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies, said:
"The tragic death of this committed and professional sapper has hit the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group hard; the Corps has lost a rising star, and his Squadron has lost a respected comrade and friend.
"At this most difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
The serviceman's next of kin have been informed.
The Ministry of Defence has announced a soldier from 32 Engineer Regiment has died in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
He died earlier today from non-battle related injuries sustained in Camp Bastion. "The incident did not involve any enemy action", the Ministry of Defence said.
His next of kin have been informed.
The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan has been appointed as the new head of the Army.
Lieutenant General Sir Nick Carter will take over as Chief of the General Staff when General Sir Peter Wall stands down in September.
Originally commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets in 1978, General Carter has seen service in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany.
The Ministry of Defence says that more than 1,650 personnel are on standby at a variety of locations across the South to help with the flood relief effort.
It also outlined the role that military personnel have played so far:
- 100 personnel from Z Company The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are arriving in Wraysbury, Birkshire and will start work shortly
- More than 100 personnel from HMS Sultan helped to build sandbag flood defences at Datchet near Windsor
- 100 personnel from Seventh Battalion The Rifles and members of the 9 Transport Logistics Regiment helped protect an electrical sub-station at Pingewood
- Marines from 40 Commando are still assisting Somerset County Council
- About 30 personnel are repairing flood defences at Chesil Beach in Dorset