On Saturday, various media reported that nearly 300 children have had parents killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts in the past ten years. | The Telegraph reported that Britain will be less able to undertake military operations with the fighter jets that ministers are preparing to buy under a cost-saving exercise. | The Times reported that members of the Armed Forces stationed abroad will enjoy the same access to online goods and services as they do in the UK through the introduction of new online postcodes this month. | On Sunday, various papers reported that a bomb plot in Kabul had been foiled after five militants were arrested smuggling ten tonnes of explosives into the city. | The Sunday Mirror reported that a brother and sister have made military history by serving alongside each other in Afghanistan. | The Observer published a feature on a female Afghan filmmaker who is making a movie despite resistance from the Taliban. | The Daily Star Sunday reported that ex-soldier Derek Derenalagi, who was injured in a bomb-blast in Afghanistan, hopes to compete in this year's Paralympics. | The Sunday Express reported that RAF dog handlers are being sought for postings to the Falkland Islands, amid fears that Argentineans may try to plant a flag on the coastline as a propaganda coup. | The Sunday Telegraph reported that English Heritage has donated £100,000 to an online project to record the location of all of the UK's war memorials. | Today, the Sun reports that British troops raided a mosque in Afghanistan and found a quarter-of-a-tonne of deadly explosives. | Various papers report that the UK's intelligence services have come under renewed pressure with the emergence of a fresh cache of secret documents that suggest MI5 officers forced Libyans seeking asylum in Britain to co-operate with the regime they had fled.
The Independent on Sunday incorrectly reported that the MOD is planning to make changes to the Submarine Enterprise Performance Programme, known as SEPP.
We are not reconfiguring SEPP. We remain confident that we are on track to deliver the £900m of savings outlined in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The MOD is undertaking work to consider reforming the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation, but as yet no decision has been made on the future of DE&S.
Speaking to MPs in Parliament on 1 March, the Defence Secretary said: "I have asked the Chief of Defence Materiel to examine options for increasing the role of the private sector in the management of DE&S. These options will be developed and tested further over the coming months, and I will update the House as our thinking matures."