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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
6 minutes, 19 seconds

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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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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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Defence Industry, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Industry, Maritime Strategy, Merchant Navy, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Procurement, Sea Power
20 minutes, 10 seconds

The Submarine Service Whereto?

By Dan Conley,
30 May 24

Ed. The author reviews the post-Second World War developments in the Submarine Service, and considers the future challenges and prospects for the RN’s nuclear submarine force. A 20 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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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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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Autonomous Vehicles, Defence Industry, Engineering, Equipment Capability, General, Mine Countermeasures, NATO, Naval Engineering, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Shaping The Future, Surveillance, Technology, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
26 minutes, 15 seconds

Next generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicles – A gamechanger in mine countermeasure operations

By Cdr Bjarte Haugsvaer RNoN,
14 Mar 24

Ed. The author describes the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developments in the Royal Norwegian Navy and NATO that will revolutionize mine countermeasure operations in the coming years. A 25 minute read.

 

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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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