It’s been a busy year for military news so far in 2018, we’ve collected some key stories that you might be interested in reading into further…
New developments in the world of electrical engineering have signalled a new beginning for nuclear detection, a leading British military charity is reaching out for volunteers and the Ministry of Defence is looking at heavy cuts to it’s budget…
US Electrics Company Introduces New NED Circuit
American electrics company, Wall Industries, has made a significant step towards a better future with the introduction of their Nuclear Event Detector (NED) and Shutdown Circuit. This new circuit is completely encased in an epoxy compound, which comes in a compact 1.250″ x 0.700″ x 0.35″ package and will have major applications to all major sectors including Healthcare, Science and the Military. The new module’s functions is to detect a nuclear event and emit a pulse to communicate a system deactivation message.
Wall Industries has been producing electronics for the past 50 years, supplying transformers and circuits to a variety of sectors all around the world. Their in-house research and development engineers are based in Exeter, NH.
MoD Faces Potential Cuts
The Ministry of Defence is facing criticism from the National Audit Office after it was found that the department has not accounted for more than £20bn of spending in its recent equipment budget. The budget, which includes spending on two major submarine projects amongst other things, failed to include a number of key figures which led to the NAO declaring that the MoD were not taking their budgeting seriously. Shadow defence minister Wayne David has spoken out, saying that the oversights for such huge projects ‘beggars belief’.
The NOA have been clear in their admonishment of the MoD, stating that: ‘The department’s equipment plan is not affordable. At present the affordability gap ranges from a minimum of £4.9bn to £20.8bn.‘
SSAFA reaches out public for help with Veterans
SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity has reached out to the public asking for volunteers to provide support and company to lonely veterans. Recent data suggests that one in five military veterans would feel less lonely if they had a ‘stronger support group’, with more than two in five British Armed Forces (aged between 25-45) saying that they have felt ‘lonely, isolated or suicidal’ since leaving the Forces.
With this in mind, the SSAFA have been working to hard to recruit volunteers with the aim of finding new ways of introducing veterans back into civilian life. When veterans transition away from the military service it can be difficult to adjust to changes in living arrangements in regards to finances and employment. The SSAFA are hoping that they can galvanise a new team of volunteers into providing support in these matters to veterans in need of both support and guidance.