Defence Secretary Philip Hammond bragged today that his department had "balanced its books" - but Labour was quick to point out that the minister's swingeing cuts would cost thousands of jobs.
Speaking in Parliament Mr Hammond said that the Ministry of Defence had eliminated the £38 billion deficit "we inherited from the previous government" and insisted new programmes will not be botched due to lack of funds.
He congratulated himself and his Tory colleagues for making the "tough decisions" that have enabled them to push through cuts and seen the haemorrhaging of staff.
But shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy pointed out that Mr Hammond has introduced cuts that will last until 2020 with thousands in his department yet to be sacked.
"The government has been reckless," he said. "Hundreds of workers have lost their jobs."
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