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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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Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Command & Control, Deterrence, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Letters, Maritime Strategy, National Security, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Sea Power, Service Culture, Submarines
1 minute, 23 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Time to review the C in CASD?

By Rob Forsyth,
28 Mar 24

Ed. The author questions the necessity of Continuous At Sea Deterrence (CASD), considering the strain this has placed on boats and crew members.

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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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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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Autonomous Vehicles, China, Civil-Military Relations, Conflict Resolution, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Europe, First World War, Fleet Air Arm, General, Israel, Letters, Maritime Strategy, Military History, National Security, NATO, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Nuclear Weapons, People, Risk Management, Sea Power, Second World War, Strategy
2 minutes, 41 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Parallel Bars?

By Tearless,
12 Mar 24

Ed. Gazing at his crystal ball (history is prophecy in reverse!), the author ponders contemporary failures to learn the lessons of history.

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Addressing Current Reality, Budgets and Finance, China, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Leadership, Middle East, National Security, NATO, Political Theory, Risk Management, Russia, Strategy, The Naval Review, Ukraine
31 minutes, 21 seconds

The Russo-Ukrainian War and the end of the West’s global hegemony

By Cdre Steve Jermy RN (rtd),
23 Jan 24

Ed. The author continues his contentious analysis of the Russia-Ukraine War [110/4, p. 482], with particular attention to the perceived failure of British grand strategy vis-à-vis the geopolitical consequences of Russia’s energy superpower status. A 30 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Leadership, Letters, National Security, Naval News, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Uncategorized
1 minute, 59 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Frigates

By Jeremy Blackham,
16 Jan 24

Ed. Monday 15 Jan 24 – In a media round before a Lancaster House speech on today’s threats and a rose tinted view of the state of our Armed Forces’, https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/defending-britain-from-a-more-dangerous-world the new Secretary of State for Defence managed to get a Nation of Naval Officers shouting at the Radio. If only our own government could address the flashing red lights on the dashboard of their Armed Forces in the same vein as our adversaries are! He rightly suggest the peace dividend no longer exists and that “An age of idealism has been replaced by a period of hard-headed realism.” If that is the case he will also realise that by any indicator he chooses to pick to measure ‘hard-headed realism’ the Defence of the UK is no longer fit for purpose. An illustrious former Editor has also kindly put pen to paper!  For those who missed Mr Shapps’ interview and would like another opportunity to choke on their wheaties it is available on BBC Sounds at 2:15:20 – 2:19:50 (Mon 15 Jan)  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001vc9p

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Armed Forces, Australia, Deterrence, Force Structure, Letters, Logistics, National Defence, National Security, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Nuclear Weapons, People, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Submarines, The Naval Review
2 minutes, 35 seconds

CASD and possibly AUKUS are becoming unsustainable

By Rob Forsyth,
02 Jan 24

Ed. Persistent personnel and procurement challenges leads the author to question the viability of Continuous At Sea Deterrence and raise concern over the future of the SSN-AUKUS program.

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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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