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Air Defence, Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockade, China, Cold War, Combined Arms, Communications, Conflict Resolution, Convoy Operations, Cyberwarfare, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Geostrategy, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Law, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
9 minutes, 17 seconds

Taiwan: Thoughts on a Stated Chinese Intent

By Roger Plumtree,
30 Apr 24

Ed. Our correspondent considers some of the formidable challenges the PLAN would need to overcome to make an amphibious invasion of Taiwan a realistic proposition, and the long-term hybrid warfare alternatives to which the PRC may turn. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Anti-Piracy, Civil-Military Relations, Constabulary, Diplomacy, General, Geopolitics, Law, Leadership, Maritime Reserves, Maritime Strategy, National Security, People, Sea Power, Uncategorized
10 minutes, 28 seconds

Cultural Property Protection is a Legal and Moral Responsibility, so why is the RN not involved?

By Lt Cdr Tom Pinfold,
26 Mar 24

Ed. Protecting cultural heritage has profound subsidiary implications for diplomatic and naval missions that the modern RN cannot ignore. The author argues that a balanced Navy, and especially the Maritime Reserve, must be proactive when it comes to preventing looting and piracy that attack the cultural foundations of Allied and neutral nations. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, BRNC, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Joint Forces, Law, People, Second World War, Service Culture, Women
10 minutes, 4 seconds

The Combat Exemption Act: Are we ready to accept women in combat roles?

By OC Phoebe Freeman,
31 Jan 24

Ed. In the first of a series of articles by BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, the author examines the continuing challenges of women acting in combat roles. A look at the history demonstrates that the press of mobilization often requires abandoning long-held social conventions. The government and media have a responsibility to do more to reach the goals for female enlistment. A 10 minute read.

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Letters, Doctrine, Education, General, Law, Morale, People
3 minutes, 46 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Natural Order of Things

By Bruce Williams,
17 Jan 24

Ed. A former Editor of the NR reflects on the lessons he might have given his younger self; advice for starting out on a naval career.

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Shaping The Future, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Arms Control, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockade, Deterrence, Doctrine, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Joint Forces, Law, Maritime Strategy, National Security, NATO, Oceanography, Russia, Sea Power, Submarines, Surveillance
21 minutes, 2 seconds

Undersea cables and deterring sub-threshold state attacks against the UK Homeland – is ‘narrow deterrence’ achievable?

By Brig Richard Cantrill,
20 Dec 23

Ed. The author questions the ability of the Allies to successfully deter future Russian sub-threshold or hybrid operations, with narrow deterrence having failed both in Syria and Salisbury. The deniability of attacks on vulnerable undersea cables and infrastructure has been clearly demonstrated over the past two years. A 20 minute read.

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Naval Platforms, China, Civil-Military Relations, Environment, Equipment Capability, Hydrographic Survey, Indo-Pacific, Law, Letters, Oceanography, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Surveillance
1 minute, 14 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Military Data Gathering and the RFA

By Michael Barritt,
31 Oct 23

Ed. The author notes the danger of assuming unimpeded access for the RFA’s Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships (MROSS) to contested waters in the Indo-Pacific and elsewhere.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Historiography, Law, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, People, Service Culture, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Veterans
39 minutes, 6 seconds

The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (II)

By Cdre David Burns RN (rtd),
04 Oct 23

Ed. As a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, in the second article of a two-part series, the author examines how slavery, the law and conflict pushed black sailors into the Royal Navy before and after Trafalgar, and how those black sailors were treated. A 40 minute read.

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