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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Communications, Education, Environment, General, Language, Leadership, Morale, People, United States Navy
10 minutes, 40 seconds

Leadership and the Toxic Triangle

By Chaplain Ryan Daffron USN,
03 May 24

Ed. Cultivating and transmitting sound leadership practices is a high-stakes lifelong learning process, with consequences for failure liable to undermine interpersonal relationships and organisational culture. Preventing the development of ‘toxic leadership’ requires knowing what the problem is and how to address it. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Australia, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, First World War, Historiography, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, New Zealand, Operational Art, People, Risk Management, Royal Australian Navy, Sea Power, Service Culture, Strategy, Tactics, Technology, Trade Interdiction and Protection
19 minutes, 46 seconds

Maximilian Reichsgraf von Spee (1861–1914): The Face of German Colonial Sea Power

By Martin George Holmes,
01 May 24

Ed. This article, drawing on German-language sources, presents a fresh biographical sketch of Maximilian von Spee’s naval career, a man of his time who realistically embodied German sea power, in the Mahanian tradition, until his demise at the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. A 20 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Civil-Military Relations, Communications, General, Health Care, Institutions, Leadership, Morale, People, Political Science, Uncategorized
14 minutes, 52 seconds

The Complexity of Trust: How to harness trust to build a better future in the public sector

By Leigh Storer and Shauni Ivison,
19 Mar 24

Ed. What can public institutions do to rebuild long-term trust in the wake of seismic shifts in public perceptions of government accountability? Clear articulation of goals and persistent public buy-in are essential. The NR is delighted to welcome this sponsored essay from BMT Group. A 15 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, General, Morale, People, Veterans, Women
9 minutes, 7 seconds

Understanding Women Impacted By Their Military Connection

By Caroline Paxton,
07 Mar 24

Ed. In celebration of International Women’s Day, the NR is proud to present the first of two articles on serving women’s networks. Caroline Paxton, Chair of Trustees for The Military Wives Choirs Foundation, provides this introduction to the Military Wives Choirs and their unique membership and opportunities. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Black Sea, Combined Arms, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Europe, First World War, Hybrid Warfare, Industry, Leadership, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Morale, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Red Sea, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Surveillance, Technology, Ukraine
9 minutes, 21 seconds

Is the hiatus in warfare about to end?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
23 Feb 24

Ed. The author surveys recent drone warfare developments in Ukraine, pointing to the tactically revolutionary, but strategically not yet decisive, technological horizon. Russia and Ukraine will continue to seek marginal advantages in the attrition battle as both sides re-arm and await the spring. Originally published in The Article. A 10 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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Admiralty, Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Battle of the Atlantic, Combined Arms, Communications, Convoy Operations, Europe, Joint Forces, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Morale, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Operational Planning, Russia, Second World War, Submarines, United States Navy
26 minutes, 54 seconds

Scattered to the Arctic Winds: The Tragedy of Convoy PQ17

By SLt James Shelley RN,
20 Feb 24

Ed. The author explores the PQ17 disaster, questioning First Sea Lord Dudley Pound’s decision to scatter the convoy in the face of Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine threats. The principles of mission command should have left the decision to the convoy commanders. A 25 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, First World War, General, Language, Leadership, Military History, Morale, People, Political Science, Service Culture
8 minutes, 34 seconds

Defence, diversity and disbelief

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
15 Feb 24

Ed. The author criticises the current state of public discourse concerning diversity in the Armed Forces, citing examples from history to demonstrate that merit must be foundational for leadership in the Services. Originally published in The Article. 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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