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Addressing Current Reality, Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Europe, Falklands War, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Technology
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British Defence reviews – a handy guide for the staff officer

By Lt Cdr Andrew Ward RN,
04 Dec 23

Ed. The author, a Hudson Fellow at Oxford, answers the Chairman’s call from NR 111/4 to engage with the defence review process, contextualizing here over 70 years of history and lighting the way for the debate on Integrated Review 2025 looming ahead. A 15 minute read.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Budgets and Finance, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Defence Reviews, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Indo-Pacific, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
28 minutes, 23 seconds

Introduction of Aircraft Carriers into the Royal Navy: Lessons for the Development of Naval Doctrine

By Cdr James J Tritten USN (rtd),
30 Nov 23

Ed. The Battle of Taranto of 11-12 November 1940 was an epoch defining event in the history of naval aviation and a decisive moment for the Fleet Air Arm. With the 83rd anniversary of the battle in mind, we reproduce here an American perspective on the Royal Navy’s pioneering development of aircraft carriers and the lessons for naval doctrine this history demonstrates. Originally published in July 1994 [82/3, p. 260]. A 30 minute read.

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Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, General, Leadership, Learning From The Past, NATO, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Service Culture, Strategy, The Naval Review
3 minutes, 16 seconds

Endure No Makeshifts

By Richard Hill,
21 Nov 23

Ed. NR Editor Richard Hill penned this review of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach’s memoir, Endure No Makeshifts, in 1994 [82/1, p. 79]. Reprinted here for the 100th anniversary of Sir Henry Leach’s birthday.

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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, 28 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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Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Blockade, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Doctrine, Europe, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Strategy
18 minutes, 2 seconds

Capital Ships, D-Day and Naval Strategy

By Dr Tim Benbow,
02 Nov 23

Ed. This article investigates the role of the aircraft carriers and battleships involved in, and otherwise enabling, Operation OVERLORD. The proper application of naval power over the course of the war ensured Allied victory, with capital ships and escort forces playing important roles in all theatres. Based on a presentation given to the Lunchtime Lecture Series of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre, 17 October 2023. 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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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Russia, Shaping The Future, Technology
4 minutes, 56 seconds

Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) – Getting a Grip

By Capt David Fields RN (rtd),
16 Oct 23

Ed. The author provides an update on Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) and the likely outcomes resulting from increased government pressure to improve the company’s throughput and financing. A 5 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Force Structure, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 29 September

29 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the fate of the battleship after the Second World War, focusing on the strategic, operational and political factors that led to their decline and eventual fall.

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Armed Forces, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Letters, Morale, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Service Culture, Submarines
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Letter to the Editor: If No One Speaks No One Hears

By Rob Forsyth,
29 Sep 23

Ed. The author takes to task the combination of factors, personnel and hull numbers in particular, that have strained the Submarine Service to meet the demands of ever increasing global commitments.

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