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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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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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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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Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Logistics, National Defence, Naval Architecture, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
11 minutes, 46 seconds

Reducing Dreadnought and Follow On SSN Risks, Costs and Time to Achieve an Operational Capability

By RAdm Peter Briggs RAN,
09 Feb 24

Ed. The author argues that the expense of Astute and delays in Dreadnought development threaten success of the AUKUS plan for a next generation SSN. Both the RAN and RN should consider buying future USN Virginia-class submarines to quickly fulfill the SSN-AUKUS mandate. A 10 minute read.

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Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Baltic, BRNC, Combined Arms, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Environment, Equipment Capability, Europe, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Platforms, Russia, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Turkey
12 minutes, 30 seconds

Russia’s old enemy

By OC Daniel Berg,
07 Feb 24

Ed. The second article in the NR’s series featuring BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets. The author here examines the assets Finland and Sweden bring to NATO in the Arctic and Baltic, together representing a significant increase in the Alliance’s regional capability. A 15 minute read.

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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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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Black Sea, Blockade, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, Europe, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, NATO, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Procurement, Russia, Sanctions, Strategy, Technology, Ukraine
23 minutes, 1 second

The Ukraine War: Another Year In

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
18 Jan 24

Ed. The author revisits the status of the Ukraine War, a year after his initial analysis [111/2, p. 18]. The failure of either side to deliver a knockout blow, and the systemic nature of new military technology, has reduced the conflict to grinding attrition with few prospects for definitive victory. A 25 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Power, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Joint Forces, National Defence, Naval Aviation, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Technology
19 minutes, 27 seconds

Between Politics and Procurement: Canada’s F-35 Odyssey

By Prof Andrea Migone, Dr Alexander Howlett, Prof Michael Howlett,
16 Nov 23

Ed. An investigation into the procurement history of Canada’s troubled F-35 programme, focusing on the prevalence of political intervention and unclear commitments over more than a decade to demonstrate a systemic failure of the Defence procurement process, transcending government administrations. A 20 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Book Reviews, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Industry, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, Procurement
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Latest Book Review, 17 October

17 Oct 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. it considers a valuable and timely study of the translation of strategic direction into military capability, and the “reasons why the UK has the military capability that it has”.

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