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Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Doctrine, Falklands War, Force Structure, Global War on Terrorism, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Military History, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, Shaping The Future, Tactics, Technology, Ukraine, United States Marine Corps
19 minutes, 39 seconds

The trouble with the Future Commando Force

By Bertram,
12 Apr 24

Ed. The author criticises the Future Commando Force (FCF) concept as a narrow misreading of the Royal Marines’ traditional combined arms and amphibious roles. A 20 minute read.

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Air Power, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Command & Control, Equipment Capability, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Military History, Naval Gunfire Support, Naval History, Operational Planning, Royal Canadian Navy, Sea Power, Second World War, Tactics, United States Navy
6 minutes, 38 seconds

Why did the Anglo-Canadian landings on the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944 proceed in a more straightforward manner than the US operation against Omaha beach?

By OC Kellan Reed,
20 Mar 24

Ed. The author considers explanations for the disparity in casualty figures between the Allied landing zones during Operation NEPTUNE. A combination of command over-confidence, improper use of specialized equipment, and ineffective fire support are all evident. A 5 minute read.

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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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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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Book Reviews, Defence Engagement, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, Operational Planning, Sea Power, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 15 December

15 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a new report by Dr Jerry Hendrix, who will be well-known to NR members, on the issue of naval presence.

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Air Power, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Battle of the Atlantic, Blockade, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Doctrine, Europe, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Strategy
18 minutes, 2 seconds

Capital Ships, D-Day and Naval Strategy

By Dr Tim Benbow,
02 Nov 23

Ed. This article investigates the role of the aircraft carriers and battleships involved in, and otherwise enabling, Operation OVERLORD. The proper application of naval power over the course of the war ensured Allied victory, with capital ships and escort forces playing important roles in all theatres. Based on a presentation given to the Lunchtime Lecture Series of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre, 17 October 2023. A 20 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Power, Armed Forces, Baltic, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Industrial Revolution, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Morale, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, The Naval Review
20 minutes, 54 seconds

The Nelson Touch: An Effects Based Approach?

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
21 Oct 23

Ed. For the bicentenary of Trafalgar Day in 2005, distinguished scholars and Naval Review members produced a series of articles on Nelson’s legacy for the 21st century [93/4, p. 320]. Professor Geoffrey Till provided the following comparison between the then emerging Effects Based Approach (EBA) and the illusive Nelson Touch. Reprinted here for the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. A 20 minute read.

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Combined Arms, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Second World War, Strategy, United States Navy
27 minutes, 21 seconds

Calculated Risk – an obvious concept

By Bruce Pascoe,
30 Sep 23

Ed. The author investigates the operational command style, risk strategy, and facility for delegation of Admiral Chester Nimitz, focusing on his management and employment of subordinates including the methodical Raymond Spruance and the larger-than-life ‘Bull’ Halsey. A 30 minute read.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Book Reviews, Indo-Pacific, Maritime Strategy, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Planning, Second World War, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 26 September

26 Sep 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book examining the largest sea battle in history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944.

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