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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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The Naval Review, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Education, Equipment Capability, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Middle East, Service Culture, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine
5 minutes, 50 seconds

Editorial: Naval Review 112/1

By Mike Beardall,
10 Feb 24

Ed. To everyone who contributed to the Naval Review over the last 12 months, from our regulars to our first time authors and correspondents, our band of dedicated book reviewers and contributors on the Forum, along with those who have taken the trouble to pass feedback, both good and bad, along to those who help me deliver the Naval Review, especially the Trustees, Secretary Treasurer in particular, and the Editorial team, may I offer a heartfelt thank you and wish all our readership a Happy and prosperous New Year.

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Book Reviews, China, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Russia, Sea Power, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 30 January 2024

30 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Geoffrey Till considers Brent Sadler’s examination of and argument for a recapitalised and reformed US Navy, able to respond to the challenges of great power competition.

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Book Reviews, Indo-Pacific, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Strategy, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 19 January 2024

19 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Geoffrey Till considers a new ‘short, hard-hitting account’ of the US Navy’s role and contribution to the US campaign in Vietnam.

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Air Defence, Air Power, Fleet Air Arm, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, People, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture
53 minutes, 4 seconds

Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z

By Bruce Pascoe,
05 Jan 24

Ed. In an impressive and no-holds-barred investigation into the command decisions that led to the destruction of Force Z, reflecting on a tragically recurring and lethal combination of command over-confidence and staff obsequiousness, the author catalogues a cascade of failures that at innumerable stages were all too predictable. A 50 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, China, Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Military History, Naval History, Sea Power
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Latest Book Review, 12 December

12 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the premodern history of great power conflicts along the maritime silk road, stretching from the Mediterranean to the shores of Japan, in order to help inform understanding of the current geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific.

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Book Reviews, General, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Military History, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 5 December

05 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book examining the post-Second World War development of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, and given growing UK-Japan relations, is particularly timely.

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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
13 minutes, 47 seconds

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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