Prospect represents the professional interests of 11,000 scientists, engineers and managers across the sector: MOD and its agencies like the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; and in the private sector: BAE Global Combat Systems, Babcock International Group (including Rosyth and Devonport Dockyards), QinetiQ, the Atomic Weapons Establishment and Serco.

Prospect members in the defence sector are on the front line in more ways than one. Whether they are civilian specialists in the Ministry of Defence providing vital support and expertise to the armed forces in the theatre of operations, or BAE engineering specialists maintaining front line equipment, Prospect members are a vital part of the UK’s military capability – at home and abroad.

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They are also on the front line of a devastating wave of cuts that have emanated from successive Strategic Defence and Security Reviews - in 2010 and 2015 .

The last review cut 18,000 civilian jobs from the MoD – a department that had already been cut to the bone by the 2010 SDSR, which saw the loss of more than 25,000 civilian posts.

Cuts to the equipment programme, including the cancellation of Nimrod and the early retirement of the Harrier jet fleet, have also created huge amounts of uncertainty in the private sector defence industry. Thousands of skilled specialists at BAE Systems have lost their jobs since 2010.