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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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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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Service Culture, Age of Sail, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, General, Joint Forces, Leadership, People, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Training, Uruguay
10 minutes, 12 seconds

From Falmouth to Montevideo: A Voyage on Uruguayan Navy Tall Ship Capitán Miranda

By SLt William Parker RN,
26 Jan 24

Ed. Our correspondent draws lessons from his time sailing with the Uruguayan Navy aboard the schooner Capitán Miranda, with a Joint mission of training future officers in seamanship and conducting naval diplomacy around the globe. A 10 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Defence Engagement, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, Operational Planning, Sea Power, United States Navy
0 minutes, 1 second

Latest Book Review, 15 December

15 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a new report by Dr Jerry Hendrix, who will be well-known to NR members, on the issue of naval presence.

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Armed Forces, Addressing Current Reality, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, General, People, Religion
6 minutes, 13 seconds

On the role of religion in the Armed Forces

By Canon Theologian James Hawkey RNR,
08 Nov 23

Ed. Canon James Hawkey frames the debate ahead of the BRNC Naval Review lecture on 14 November. The moral conduct of war in the 21st century remains an imperative. The author maintains that the Church has a role to play transcending politics and acting as a beacon for all faiths. A 5 minute read.

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Letters, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Dockyards & Ports, General, National Defence, Naval Platforms
1 minute, 47 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Emperor’s Clothes

By Tearless,
17 Aug 23

Ed. The author expresses their concern with the condition of the ships in Portsmouth Harbour, and what image the RN conveys to the public, both domestic and foreign.

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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

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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Addressing Current Reality, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Doctrine, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Strategy
18 minutes, 55 seconds

Winning the War Before the War: Defence Engagement and the Conceptual Component

25 May 23

Ed. Defence engagement is a vital component of any influence and deterrence strategy. But how well is defence engagement situated in the defence review and service doctrine literature? The author argues more can be done to explicitly define defence engagement as a core RN role. A 20 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Afghanistan, Artificial Intelligence, Budgets and Finance, China, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Global War On Terror, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Russia, Ukraine
39 minutes, 20 seconds

Grand Strategy, the UK as a Medium Power & its Maritime

By Bruce Williams,
18 Apr 23

Ed. Reflections on the current state of the UK’s strategic positioning amidst the background of an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world. The author posits that the reality of medium power status means fundamentally reassessing the often ideologically driven assumptions that have brought the UK and the Royal Navy to this moment in history. A 40 minute read.

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