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Air Power, Budgets and Finance, Carrier Strike Group, China, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Conflict Resolution, Cyberwarfare, Defence Engagement, Defence Industry, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Environment, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Geostrategy, Indo-Pacific, Industry, Institutions, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Know your Enemy, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Reserves, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Ministry of Defence, National Defence, National Security, Naval Staff, Professional Military Education, Shaping The Future, The Art of Admirality
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Another Integrated Review is on the Horizon! Have your say….

14 Jun 24

Ed. As another Integrated Review (IR) is highly likely to take place after the General Election and the timetable needs to be speedy – I am keen to enable members to have their say via the Forum now.  A suitably edited extract will be passed on to the Naval Staff.

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Book Reviews, China, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Seapower
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Latest Book Review, 17 May 2024

17 May 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers an edited volume, published in 2022, providing a collection of seven essays examining the lead-up to the Second World War in the Pacific, its contemporary relevance and parallels.

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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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Australia, Book Reviews, China, Cold War, Geopolitics, Geostrategy, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Nuclear Weapons, Political Science, Sea Power, Seapower
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Latest Book Review, 3 May 2024

03 May 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers an important and timely edited volume examining the role of naval power in the Indo-Pacific.

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Admiralty, Australia, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, First World War, Historiography, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, New Zealand, Operational Art, People, Risk Management, Royal Australian Navy, Sea Power, Service Culture, Strategy, Tactics, Technology, Trade Interdiction and Protection
19 minutes, 46 seconds

Maximilian Reichsgraf von Spee (1861–1914): The Face of German Colonial Sea Power

By Martin George Holmes,
01 May 24

Ed. This article, drawing on German-language sources, presents a fresh biographical sketch of Maximilian von Spee’s naval career, a man of his time who realistically embodied German sea power, in the Mahanian tradition, until his demise at the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. A 20 minute read.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockade, China, Cold War, Combined Arms, Communications, Conflict Resolution, Convoy Operations, Cyberwarfare, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Geostrategy, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Law, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
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Taiwan: Thoughts on a Stated Chinese Intent

By Roger Plumtree,
30 Apr 24

Ed. Our correspondent considers some of the formidable challenges the PLAN would need to overcome to make an amphibious invasion of Taiwan a realistic proposition, and the long-term hybrid warfare alternatives to which the PRC may turn. A 10 minute read.

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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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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
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‘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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