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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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40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Naval Platforms, People, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, The Naval Review
7 minutes, 6 seconds

A Reply to the ‘The Trouble with the Future Commando Force’

By Gert,
16 May 24

Ed. The author follows up on Bertram’s recent article examining the underpinning of the Future Commando Force, emphasising the concept’s shortfalls. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Black Sea, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Communications, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, Doctrine, Education, Equipment Capability, General, Geopolitics, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Middle East, Ministry of Defence, National Security, NATO, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, The Naval Review, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine
5 minutes, 16 seconds

Editorial: Naval Review 112/2

By Mike Beardall,
24 Apr 24

Ed. Firstly a bit of good news. A warm welcome to BMT Group, who have joined the Naval Review as our first Corporate Sponsor. Also, a particular thank you to our female membership and supporters who have been pulling out the stops, and as a consequence I am delighted to report that seven articles in this edition have been written, and contributed to, by women. Dr James Smith’s article on pg 264 deserves special mention, for those that follow the website Forum where we have enjoyed a serious debate over how the country failed to hold on to a maritime strategy in the 20th century. With the weight of articles we are currently receiving we are unable to reproduce this debate beyond the article in this edition, but please consider going online and joining in!

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Armed Forces, Addressing Current Reality, Australia, China, Civil-Military Relations, Constabulary, Environment, Equipment Capability, Fisheries, General, Health Care, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, National Security, New Zealand, Oceanography, Royal New Zealand Navy, Sea Power
33 minutes, 24 seconds

The impact of the climate crisis on security in the South Pacific

By Brock West,
28 Mar 24

Ed. Extreme weather events and climate change have increased the stakes for regional engagement in the South Pacific, with China and the US vying for strategic influence. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will need renewed investment to continue tackling climate emergencies. A 35 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Combined Arms, Communications, Doctrine, Education, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Language, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Military History, Ministry of Defence, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, People, Professional Military Education, Seapower, Service Culture, Strategy, The Art of Admirality, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
18 minutes, 16 seconds

Seablindness and the Royal Navy after 1964

By Dr James W E Smith,
05 Mar 24

Ed. With his trademark dissection of the conventional wisdom, the author argues that the concept of ‘seablindness’ is merely window dressing for the fundamental misunderstanding of the principles of British national strategy that has manifested over the last 60 years. 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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Ministry of Defence, Command & Control, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Operational Planning, Shaping The Future, Strategy
9 minutes, 33 seconds

Unleash PJHQ

By David H,
11 Jan 24

Ed. The author questions how the MoD organises strategic direction and employs the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ): The MoD has an institutional tendency to be overly centralised and does not use its Joint commander effectively. Force structures should flow from defined operational objectives and not the other way around. A 10 minute read.

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