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Defence Industry, Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Deterrence, Dockyards & Ports, Force Structure, Geostrategy, Hybrid Warfare, Industry, Joint Forces, Logistics, Ministry of Defence, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Political Science, Risk Management, Royal Air Force, Strategy, Submarines
26 minutes, 24 seconds

UK Defence in a Dangerous World: Can We Do What is Needed?

By Jeremy Blackham,
05 Jun 24

Ed. Jeremy Blackham considers the socioeconomic and strategic consequences of climbing defence spending. A public overly focused on the high capital costs of procurement increases the risk of allowing deterrence to fail. Originally published by Cityforum. A 25 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Carrier Strike Group, China, Combined Arms, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Europe, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
11 minutes, 50 seconds

A recent history of the Royal Navy and the (cautiously optimistic) shape of things to come

By William Freer,
09 May 24

Ed. With 1SL’s 2024 Seapower Conference in mind, the author reflects on the chequered legacy of RN technical developments and procurement over the past 20 years, and considers priorities for the next decades. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Blockade, Budgets and Finance, Cold War, Convoy Operations, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Risk Management, Sea Power, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
6 minutes, 36 seconds

What were the consequences of the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines on the Royal Navy and its operations after 1963?

By OC Daniel Gorman,
27 Apr 24

Ed. Nuclear submarines, along with the aircraft carrier, have become the ultimate symbols of sea power, but their adoption and use remain not only technically complex and expensive, but also diplomatically and politically controversial. The author surveys this background in the case of the Royal Navy. Winner of the Eric Grove prize. A 5 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Black Sea, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Communications, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Doctrine, Education, Equipment Capability, General, Geopolitics, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Middle East, Ministry of Defence, National Security, NATO, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine
5 minutes, 16 seconds

Editorial: Naval Review 112/2

By Mike Beardall,
24 Apr 24

Ed. Firstly a bit of good news. A warm welcome to BMT Group, who have joined the Naval Review as our first Corporate Sponsor. Also, a particular thank you to our female membership and supporters who have been pulling out the stops, and as a consequence I am delighted to report that seven articles in this edition have been written, and contributed to, by women. Dr James Smith’s article on pg 264 deserves special mention, for those that follow the website Forum where we have enjoyed a serious debate over how the country failed to hold on to a maritime strategy in the 20th century. With the weight of articles we are currently receiving we are unable to reproduce this debate beyond the article in this edition, but please consider going online and joining in!

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Risk Management, Sea Power
1 minute, 6 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Maritime Defence

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
17 Apr 24

Ed. As the perils of global conflict increase, alarm bells ring in defence analysts’ corridors. Concern over immediate deficiencies renew calls for Jeune Ecole and continentalist approaches, when, as Nelson knew, there simply may be no alternative to ‘want of frigates’.

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19th Century, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, China, Cold War, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Industry, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Strategy, Ukraine
23 minutes, 38 seconds

‘Perfidious Albion’? – British foreign policy in an age of strategic choice

By Mid Joe Reilly RN,
21 Mar 24

Ed. With a clear-eyed appraisal of historical trends since the 19th century, the author argues that, contrary to alarmist concerns of retrenchment, Britain today has more room to maneuver as a strategic counter-weight than has been the case for the last 80 years. Awarded the RUSI Trench Gascoigne prize and originally published in the RUSI Journal. A 25 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Budgets and Finance, Command & Control, Communications, Cyberwarfare, Defence Industry, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, General, Naval Platforms, People, Risk Management, Shaping The Future, Technology, Training
13 minutes, 27 seconds

AI in the RN, so what?

By SLt Henry W R Stevens RN,
15 Mar 24

Ed. The author examines the state of the art with regard to generative AI, contending that human-like complex reasoning functions are necessary to improve AI’s usefulness for the RN, potentially introducing an advisory function for AI in the near future, alongside automating many other tasks and functions. A 15 minute read.

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Admiralty, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Defence Engagement, Deterrence, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Industry, Joint Forces, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Mine Countermeasures, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Procurement, Strategy
13 minutes, 51 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Offering Solutions

By WatchOnStopOn,
29 Feb 24

Ed. Increasing challenges to the Rules-Based International System require a back-to-basics approach and renewed public support for the Services. Focusing on quantity and capability, the author argues that restocking critical munitions, and building new Minor War Vessels, is an essential foundation for the future credibility of the Royal Navy.

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Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Europe, Force Structure, Geostrategy, Industry, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Morale, National Defence, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, Strategy, Technology
8 minutes, 1 second

Letter to the Editor: Skin in the game

By Roger Plumtree,
22 Feb 24

Ed. The author gives his state of play on the current socioeconomic conditions impacting British seapower, and proposes a possible RN force structure financially tailored for a ‘regional’ rather than a ‘global’ Britain.

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