Defence secures largest investment since Cold War

first_imgDefence secures largest investment since Cold War Combined with the manifesto commitment of a 0.5% uplift, the total increase for Defence is a substantial £24.1 billion.Today’s announcement funds a generational modernisation of the Armed Forces so they can defend the UK against future threats, while cementing Britain’s role as a leader in NATO and stimulating thousands of highly skilled jobs across the UK.A radical program of innovation and modernisation will create up to British 10,000 jobs a year, and support thousands more livelihoods as the nation builds back better from the coronavirus pandemic.The investment will underpin the revitalisation of shipbuilding, funding a significant expansion of Royal Navy vessels to create the biggest surface fleet of modern warships in Europe.An additional £1.5 billion will be poured into military research – including for the Future Combat Air System – allowing the Armed Forces to tackle the threats of tomorrow and to make sure the UK can stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies across the globe.For the hard-working men and women of the armed forces, the funding will go towards improving their day to day lives – whether through the wrap around childcare offer or improved living conditions, their health and wellbeing will be protected.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:This is excellent news for Defence, and provides us with the financial certainty we need to modernise, plan for the future, and adapt to the threats we face. It demonstrates the Prime Minister’s recognition of how important Defence is to our resilience, and to the reputation of the United Kingdom.This settlement secures UK jobs and livelihoods, allows us to invest in our fantastic shipyards and aerospace industry, spreading prosperity to every corner of the UK.Next year represents a huge opportunity for this country, and Defence will be at the forefront of creating the jobs and business opportunities that will help us build back from the pandemic.Over the next few months, I will set out in more detail our ambitious agenda for Defence.In recent years, our adversaries have developed and weaponised a myriad of emerging technologies which go beyond the traditional warfighting domains of air, land and sea.That’s why the Prime Minister has announced a new agency dedicated to developing Artificial Intelligence, the creation of a National Cyber Force and a new ‘Space Command’ that will protect the UK’s interests in space and control the UK’s first satellite launched from a UK rocket by 2022.The National Cyber Force will disrupt terrorists, hostile state activity and criminals and transform the UK’s cyber capabilities. This Ministry of Defence and GCHQ partnership will conduct responsible cyber operations ranging from countering terror plots to supporting military operations.Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, said:This multi-year settlement is very welcome for the Armed Forces. It funds a pathway to modernisation and the digital force we need for the 2030s, integrated across the domains of maritime, air, land, cyber and space.It allows us to adapt in the near-term to deter the range of complex threats we face. It secures the defence of our country, gives meaning to the vision of Global Britain, and sends a powerful message to our allies and opponents.Thanks to the cash injection, other technologies including autonomous vehicles, swarm drones, and cutting-edge battlefield awareness systems will be developed for military use.These developments will be underpinned by a strong R&D pipeline, which will contribute to the already over 400,000 skilled jobs supported by Defence.The £16.5 billion investment confirms our order of 8 Type 26 and 5 Type 31 frigates, commits us to the next generation Type 32, and supports the future solid support ships that will supply our Carrier Strike Group.Whilst this is reassuring news for the defence industry, Defence will not overlook the challenges that are ahead, to continue addressing the savings still required and the efficiencies we need to make.In the years ahead, Defence will continue to research, invest and adapt its equipment to become a greener and more sustainable industry. As the UK prepares to lead the COP26 summit in Glasgow next year, Defence will be working to reduce the emissions footprint of our armed forces around the globe.With this significant financial settlement, the UK will stand proudly alongside our friends and allies as a top investor in Defence. The Integrated Review that we will publish in early 2021 will further signal our ambition for the armed forces. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Thousands More Rural Residents to Get Reliable Supplies of Water This Year

first_imgRelatedMinistry Welcomes New Pipes to Reduce Water Loss RelatedRenewed Focus on Cassava Thousands More Rural Residents to Get Reliable Supplies of Water This Year EnvironmentJune 20, 2013Written by: Alphea Saunders Advertisementscenter_img Related35 in Duanvale Get Land Title FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 28,462 residents of rural Jamaica are expected to have reliable supplies of water when work is completed on some 11 minor water supply systems across the island this fiscal year.A total of $74.46 million has been allocated in this year’s budget to complete these systems.Making the announcement in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18, State Minister for Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, noted that work began on the systems in 2012/13, and that the majority have been completed.These systems include: Lottery Water Supply System, in East Central St. James; Bamboo Ridge Pipeline Extension, South West St. Catherine; Geneva/Ghetto Water Supply System, Western Westmoreland; Farmers Heights Water Supply System, North East St. Ann; Broadgate Water Supply System, South East St. Mary; East Portland Tanks and Bases, East Portland; Quaminus to Lionel Town Water Supply System, South East Clarendon; Cascade Water Supply System, South West St. Ann; John’s Groin Water Supply System, North West St. Catherine; Wharf Lane Water Supply System, West Portland; and Copperwood/Richmond Hill System, South St. James.“This administration has taken a policy decision to give focus and priority to rural Jamaica, and when it comes to water, we intend to be less reactive and more proactive. We are working for our people today, and at the same time planning for tomorrow,” Mr. Hayles said.He pointed out that Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) continues to play a critical role in the development of systems to serve rural communities.The State Minister noted that the RWSL will be carrying out upgrading and remedial works on additional small water supply systems during the year at a cost of $60.3 million, which should benefit 26,000 residents.These include supply systems in: Top Hill, North West St. Catherine; Windsor Heights, Western St. Catherine; Troja/Lassie Spring, North West St. Catherine; Grant Hill, West Rural St. Andrew; Kelly Spring, West Rural St. Andrew; Top Leinster/Devon Pen, South Eastern St. Mary; Seaton, Central St. Mary; and Haining, Western Portland.Mr. Hayles informed that work will also begin on minor water supply systems in Eastern and Western St. Thomas; Western Hanover; and Smithville and Union in North West Clarendon.“Also in the works is a two-kilometre pipeline that will bring much needed relief to the people of Porus, Manchester. We are very serious when it comes to providing our residents with potable water,” the State Minister emphasized.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Practical thinking needed to tackle global challenges — Intel

first_img Apple faces 5G modem wait AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 JUL 2014 US chip funding tipped to top $150B Home Practical thinking needed to tackle global challenges — Intel Previous ArticleLocal innovation vital for mobile to change lives — ARMNext ArticleXiaomi sees strong smartphone growth in H1 Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Devices EC clears SK Hynix to acquire Intel memory assetscenter_img Author LIVE FROM THE FUTURE OF WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, CAMBRIDGE: The challenges presented by global population growth, urbanisation and a growing middle class makes it vital for the technology industry to demonstrate the benefits of new approaches, such as the Internet of Things, according to executives from Intel.Rod O’Shea (pictured), director of Intel’s embedded sales group for EMEA, said global trends are “clearly driving pressure on networks” due to the increasing demands on energy, infrastructure, public spending and education.Speaking to Mobile World Live, O’Shea said: “There are some big macro challenges — technology is a requirement to help solve these.”“One of the things that we clearly want to see is technology deployment that benefits consumers, businesses and countries,” he added.Intel recently opened IoT labs in Swindon, Stockholm, Istanbul and Munich to show what is possible and deployable. O’Shea explained that demonstrating practical applications rather than technology roadmaps is the main objective of the labs. “We’re changing our activity to focus on that,” he said.Intel is very conscious that an ecosystem approach is needed to tackle future challenges: “The discussion is now how can you deploy those benefits into the network. Intel realises these kinds of transitions need to take place with partners,” O’Shea explained.Looking at networks specifically, O’Shea told delegates that Intel’s focus is now on investing in technology that supports “flexible and agile networks”, making use of approaches such as network function virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN).Doug Pulley, CTO for Intel’s wireless and communications infrastructure division, added that heterogeneous network development will be increasingly important due to the greater variety of demands that will be placed on them.For example, the mix of small cells and big cells and different urban and rural environments “really makes a mess of terrestrial radio propagation”, he noted.As part of the heterogeneous approach, Pulley said a range of skills are needed: “You can’t innovate with one set of skills. The more skills and expertise that you have around a network or solution that you can bring together, that’s when you get innovation.”Despite Intel’s approach, O’Shea cautioned that more needs to be done: “We have these really big challenges we need to start addressing now. Technology is a major part of the solution there and clearly as an industry we need to do more.” Tags Tim Ferguson Related IntelIoTTechnologylast_img read more