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Armed Forces, Air Power, China, Civil-Military Relations, Cyberwarfare, Defence Industry, Doctrine, Education, General, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Language, Leadership, Science Fiction, Service Culture, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Technology
15 minutes, 42 seconds

Future War and Science Fiction: helping today’s military leaders plan for tomorrow’s wars

By Lt Cdr Helen Taylor RN,
13 Feb 24

Ed. A perennial problem how does Defence encourage originality and innovation? Thinking outside of the box must be an essential prerequisite to success in the 21st century – to accommodate and exploit the explosion in computing capability and the advent of AI. The author explains how the UK predicts and prepares for future conflict, the flaws in this method, and proposes how studying Science Fiction literature could offer military leaders a beneficial fighting edge in a future conflict. A 15 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, China, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Iran, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Persian Gulf, RNSSC
5 minutes, 25 seconds

China’s Middle East Diplomacy: Navigating Peace and War in Yemen

By Gwenna Herd,
30 Jan 24

Ed. Courtesy of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre: The conflict in Yemen has renewed the need for maritime security in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, and has demonstrated both the reach of China as an emerging Middle Eastern player, but also the limits of the PRC’s diplomacy. An increasingly destabilizing Iran raises questions about where other regional and international actors will ultimately align. A 5 minute read.

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Book Reviews, China, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Russia, Sea Power, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 30 January 2024

30 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Geoffrey Till considers Brent Sadler’s examination of and argument for a recapitalised and reformed US Navy, able to respond to the challenges of great power competition.

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Addressing Current Reality, Budgets and Finance, China, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Leadership, Middle East, National Security, NATO, Political Theory, Risk Management, Russia, Strategy, The Naval Review, Ukraine
31 minutes, 21 seconds

The Russo-Ukrainian War and the end of the West’s global hegemony

By Cdre Steve Jermy RN (rtd),
23 Jan 24

Ed. The author continues his contentious analysis of the Russia-Ukraine War [110/4, p. 482], with particular attention to the perceived failure of British grand strategy vis-à-vis the geopolitical consequences of Russia’s energy superpower status. A 30 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, China, Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Military History, Naval History, Sea Power
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Latest Book Review, 12 December

12 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the premodern history of great power conflicts along the maritime silk road, stretching from the Mediterranean to the shores of Japan, in order to help inform understanding of the current geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific.

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Armed Forces, Air Power, Australia, China, Combined Arms, Cyberwarfare, Deterrence, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, From the Archive, General, Joint Operations, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Operational Art, Risk Management, Technology, The Naval Review, United States Navy
17 minutes, 39 seconds

Back to the Future?

By Dr Dave Sloggett,
07 Dec 23

Ed. In 2012 [100/2, p. 154] the author considered the history of the Japanese attack on Darwin of 19 February 1942 as a comparison for possible Chinese air operations in the 21st century. As was the case with Pearl Harbor, a surprise attack by long-range air assets raised questions about the security of bases in the region. A 20 minute read.

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Naval Platforms, China, Civil-Military Relations, Environment, Equipment Capability, Hydrographic Survey, Indo-Pacific, Law, Letters, Oceanography, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Surveillance
1 minute, 14 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Military Data Gathering and the RFA

By Michael Barritt,
31 Oct 23

Ed. The author notes the danger of assuming unimpeded access for the RFA’s Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships (MROSS) to contested waters in the Indo-Pacific and elsewhere.

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China, Diplomacy, Europe, First World War, General, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Iran, Middle East, Military History, National Defence, Operational Art, Persian Gulf, Russia, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Ukraine
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Hannibal’s legacy: always find the flank

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
12 Oct 23

Ed. The author considers the grand strategic temptation of seeking a flank to break the current, Huntingesque, East-West standoff. Engaging additional allies, or enemies, and perpetuating old conflicts worldwide has dangerous implications for the future of global stability. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Geopolitics, Addressing Current Reality, China, Defence Engagement, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Global War on Terrorism, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, National Defence, Persian Gulf, Strategy
22 minutes, 31 seconds

The Rebalance of Power in an Increasingly Competitive Persian Gulf and the Implications for UK Defence

By LT COL SAM HUGHES RM,
25 Jul 23

Ed. The author argues that, in light of China and Russia’s rising regional influence, the UK needs to review its strategy in the Middle East. The Persian Gulf is sliding down Defence’s priorities, yet there remains a large military commitment, which, the author argues, does not represent a positive balance of investment. Should the MoD consider moving its maritime and air assets out of the Gulf? A 25 minute read.

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