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Age of Sail, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, Force Structure, Leadership, Naval History, People, Service Culture, Uncategorized, Women
9 minutes, 22 seconds

A Tribe of Fighting Sailors: An Entangled History

By Lt Cdr Jonathan Wheale RN,
18 Apr 24

Ed. With the imperative for liminal advantage in mind, the author explores the necessity of Diversity and Inclusion, duty, and the values that underline the modern Naval Service. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Risk Management, Sea Power
1 minute, 6 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Maritime Defence

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
17 Apr 24

Ed. As the perils of global conflict increase, alarm bells ring in defence analysts’ corridors. Concern over immediate deficiencies renew calls for Jeune Ecole and continentalist approaches, when, as Nelson knew, there simply may be no alternative to ‘want of frigates’.

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Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Doctrine, Falklands War, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Military History, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, Shaping The Future, Tactics, Technology, Ukraine, United States Marine Corps
19 minutes, 39 seconds

The trouble with the Future Commando Force

By Bertram,
12 Apr 24

Ed. The author criticises the Future Commando Force (FCF) concept as a narrow misreading of the Royal Marines’ traditional combined arms and amphibious roles. A 20 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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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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Admiralty, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Cold War, Combined Arms, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Joint Forces, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Procurement, Russia, Technology
17 minutes, 43 seconds

Ships of the Future Navy: A 1949 Paper by ACNS

By Capt Jeremy Stocker RNR,
27 Feb 24

Ed. Capt Stocker’s forthcoming Navy Records Society volume The Postwar Fleet is highly anticipated. Provided here is a sample document, written in 1949 by the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ralph Edwards, later Controller of the Navy and then Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean. It was circulated to the First Sea Lord and other members of the Admiralty Board. The original is held at the National Archives, Kew [ADM 205/83]. A 20 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, 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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