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Civil-Military Relations, Cold War, Command & Control, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Equipment Capability, General, Leadership, Letters, National Defence, NATO, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Submarines, Training, United States Navy
7 minutes, 22 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Repulse DASO Polaris missile firing – Friday 13th February 1973

By John McGregor,
15 May 24

Ed. In light of the recent HMS Vanguard ballistic missile test-firing, our correspondent reflects on a previous disappointing submarine-launched ballistic missile test.

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Admiralty, Air Defence, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Carrier Strike Group, China, Combined Arms, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Europe, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Royal Air Force, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
11 minutes, 50 seconds

A recent history of the Royal Navy and the (cautiously optimistic) shape of things to come

By William Freer,
09 May 24

Ed. With 1SL’s 2024 Seapower Conference in mind, the author reflects on the chequered legacy of RN technical developments and procurement over the past 20 years, and considers priorities for the next decades. A 10 minute read.

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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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Admiralty, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Blockade, Budgets and Finance, Cold War, Convoy Operations, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Doctrine, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Falklands War, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval Engineering, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Risk Management, Sea Power, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
6 minutes, 36 seconds

What were the consequences of the acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines on the Royal Navy and its operations after 1963?

By OC Daniel Gorman,
27 Apr 24

Ed. Nuclear submarines, along with the aircraft carrier, have become the ultimate symbols of sea power, but their adoption and use remain not only technically complex and expensive, but also diplomatically and politically controversial. The author surveys this background in the case of the Royal Navy. Winner of the Eric Grove prize. A 5 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Reviews, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Joint Forces, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Procurement, Risk Management, Sea Power
1 minute, 6 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Maritime Defence

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
17 Apr 24

Ed. As the perils of global conflict increase, alarm bells ring in defence analysts’ corridors. Concern over immediate deficiencies renew calls for Jeune Ecole and continentalist approaches, when, as Nelson knew, there simply may be no alternative to ‘want of frigates’.

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Addressing Current Reality, China, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Geostrategy, Indo-Pacific, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, National Security, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Strategy, Ukraine
8 minutes, 25 seconds

Might Trump be right about European security?

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
04 Apr 24

Ed. Contrary to doom and gloom predictions of NATO decline under a potential second Trump Presidency, Rob Fry argues that, with US strategic imperatives invariably prioritizing the Pacific theatre, it is high time European leaders demonstrate resolve. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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19th Century, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, China, Cold War, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geostrategy, Industry, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Risk Management, Russia, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Strategy, Ukraine
23 minutes, 38 seconds

‘Perfidious Albion’? – British foreign policy in an age of strategic choice

By Mid Joe Reilly RN,
21 Mar 24

Ed. With a clear-eyed appraisal of historical trends since the 19th century, the author argues that, contrary to alarmist concerns of retrenchment, Britain today has more room to maneuver as a strategic counter-weight than has been the case for the last 80 years. Awarded the RUSI Trench Gascoigne prize and originally published in the RUSI Journal. A 25 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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Admiralty, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Defence Engagement, Deterrence, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Industry, Joint Forces, Leadership, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Mine Countermeasures, National Defence, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, People, Procurement, Strategy
13 minutes, 51 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Offering Solutions

By WatchOnStopOn,
29 Feb 24

Ed. Increasing challenges to the Rules-Based International System require a back-to-basics approach and renewed public support for the Services. Focusing on quantity and capability, the author argues that restocking critical munitions, and building new Minor War Vessels, is an essential foundation for the future credibility of the Royal Navy.

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