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Addressing Current Reality, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Geostrategy, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, National Security, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Ukraine
8 minutes, 25 seconds

Might Trump be right about European security?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
04 Apr 24

Ed. Contrary to doom and gloom predictions of NATO decline under a potential second Trump Presidency, Rob Fry argues that, with US strategic imperatives invariably prioritizing the Pacific theatre, it is high time European leaders demonstrate resolve. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Addressing Current Reality, Australia, China, Civil-Military Relations, Constabulary, Environment, Equipment Capability, Fisheries, General, Health Care, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, National Security, New Zealand, Oceanography, Royal New Zealand Navy, Sea Power
33 minutes, 24 seconds

The impact of the climate crisis on security in the South Pacific

By Brock West,
28 Mar 24

Ed. Extreme weather events and climate change have increased the stakes for regional engagement in the South Pacific, with China and the US vying for strategic influence. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will need renewed investment to continue tackling climate emergencies. A 35 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Civil-Military Relations, Communications, General, Health Care, Institutions, Leadership, Morale, People, Political Science, Uncategorized
14 minutes, 52 seconds

The Complexity of Trust: How to harness trust to build a better future in the public sector

By Leigh Storer and Shauni Ivison,
19 Mar 24

Ed. What can public institutions do to rebuild long-term trust in the wake of seismic shifts in public perceptions of government accountability? Clear articulation of goals and persistent public buy-in are essential. The NR is delighted to welcome this sponsored essay from BMT Group. A 15 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Diversity & Inclusion, General, Leadership, People, Service Culture, Uncategorized, Women
3 minutes, 31 seconds

Naval Servicewomen’s Network ‘Your Network is your Net–Worth’

By Lt Cdr Francesca Crowsley–Allen RN,
08 Mar 24

Ed. For our second article to celebrate International Women’s Day we celebrate the Naval Servicewomen’s Network (NSN). The eagle eyed among you will note that over the last six weeks 33% of the 21 articles we have published on the NR website have been written by women. Thank you Ladies, the door remains open to write for us as and when you desire.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, General, Morale, People, Veterans, Women
9 minutes, 7 seconds

Understanding Women Impacted By Their Military Connection

By Caroline Paxton,
07 Mar 24

Ed. In celebration of International Women’s Day, the NR is proud to present the first of two articles on serving women’s networks. Caroline Paxton, Chair of Trustees for The Military Wives Choirs Foundation, provides this introduction to the Military Wives Choirs and their unique membership and opportunities. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Hybrid Warfare, Industry, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Surveillance, Technology, Ukraine
9 minutes, 21 seconds

Is the hiatus in warfare about to end?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
23 Feb 24

Ed. The author surveys recent drone warfare developments in Ukraine, pointing to the tactically revolutionary, but strategically not yet decisive, technological horizon. Russia and Ukraine will continue to seek marginal advantages in the attrition battle as both sides re-arm and await the spring. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Language, Leadership, Military History, Morale, People, Political Science, Service Culture
8 minutes, 34 seconds

Defence, diversity and disbelief

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
15 Feb 24

Ed. The author criticises the current state of public discourse concerning diversity in the Armed Forces, citing examples from history to demonstrate that merit must be foundational for leadership in the Services. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Afghanistan, Civil-Military Relations, Command & Control, Communications, First World War, General, Geopolitics, Global War on Terrorism, Israel, Language, Leadership, Middle East, Military History, Operational Art, Strategy
7 minutes, 34 seconds

The language of war

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
05 Feb 24

Ed. General Rob Fry grapples with the difficulty of defining realistic military objectives when crafting strategy, given the propensity for the leadership of pluralistic democracies to lean on hyperbole and unlimited outcomes. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.


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Addressing Current Reality, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, BRNC, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Joint Forces, Law, People, Second World War, Service Culture, Women
10 minutes, 4 seconds

The Combat Exemption Act: Are we ready to accept women in combat roles?

By OC Phoebe Freeman,
31 Jan 24

Ed. In the first of a series of articles by BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, the author examines the continuing challenges of women acting in combat roles. A look at the history demonstrates that the press of mobilization often requires abandoning long-held social conventions. The government and media have a responsibility to do more to reach the goals for female enlistment. A 10 minute read.

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