The Ministry of Defence has 8 defence tasks:
- defence, security and resilience of the UK and its overseas territories
- nuclear deterrence and the defence nuclear enterprise
- contribute to improved understanding of the world through strategic intelligence and the
global defence network
- influence through international defence engagement
- overseas defence activity
- promote UK prosperity and civil society
- direct defence
- strategic base and enabling functions
Our priorities 2015 to 2020 are to:
Read our Single Departmental Plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.
The government is conducting an Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.
Who we are
The Ministry of Defence has permanent and casual civilian personnel, including Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, Trading Funds and locally engaged civilians .
The UK regular forces comprise full time trained and untrained personnel in the:
Full personnel information can be found in the following publications:
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