The British Ministry of Defense Friday announced that it will increasingly collaborate with Australia on defense issues including cyber security and equipment programs such as the BAE Systems-built Type 26 frigate.
Philip Hammond, British Defense Secretary and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith were expected to sign a defense treaty to explore Type 26 collaborations the same day.
Britain has slashed defense spending, as part of efforts to reduce a budget deficit threatening to bring down the nation’s economy, and hopes that allied collaboration on equipment and defense projects will help cut costs.
In a statement Hammond, said, "In times of budget pressures for all nations, it makes sense to maximize economies of scale and work with friends to get the best value for money on all sides”.
Britain is expected to order 13 Type 26 warships, a vessel it visualizes as the "backbone and workhorse" of its navy, for delivery in early 2020’s. The final number of vessels however will not be decided until around 2015.
MI6, Britains Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is facing threats from terrorists, malicious actors in cyberspace and criminals and is caught in ‘technology arms race, Alex Younger, said after he became the Chief of MI6 on Monday. Alex defended the use of data by the SIS after the release of documents by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden sparked criticism of mass surveillance by intelligence agencies
Moscow has threatened to renege its commitment to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) both in the framework and in the area of non-proliferation with Washington. "We have not taken any concrete steps in this direction, but I am not ruling out the possibility that Washington could force us to do so, to adjust our policy in this area," Mikhail Ulyanov, Head of Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti Tuesday
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