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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
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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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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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Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Autonomous Vehicles, Defence Industry, Engineering, Equipment Capability, General, Mine Countermeasures, NATO, Naval Engineering, Naval News, Naval Platforms, Naval Warfare, Procurement, Shaping The Future, Surveillance, Technology, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
26 minutes, 15 seconds

Next generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicles – A gamechanger in mine countermeasure operations

By Cdr Bjarte Haugsvaer RNoN,
14 Mar 24

Ed. The author describes the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developments in the Royal Norwegian Navy and NATO that will revolutionize mine countermeasure operations in the coming years. A 25 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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Admiralty, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Cold War, Combined Arms, Doctrine, Equipment Capability, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, From the Archive, Joint Forces, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Procurement, Russia, Technology
17 minutes, 43 seconds

Ships of the Future Navy: A 1949 Paper by ACNS

By Capt Jeremy Stocker RNR,
27 Feb 24

Ed. Capt Stocker’s forthcoming Navy Records Society volume The Postwar Fleet is highly anticipated. Provided here is a sample document, written in 1949 by the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ralph Edwards, later Controller of the Navy and then Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean. It was circulated to the First Sea Lord and other members of the Admiralty Board. The original is held at the National Archives, Kew [ADM 205/83]. 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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Armed Forces, Australia, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Logistics, National Defence, Naval Architecture, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Nuclear Deterrence, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
11 minutes, 46 seconds

Reducing Dreadnought and Follow On SSN Risks, Costs and Time to Achieve an Operational Capability

By RAdm Peter Briggs RAN,
09 Feb 24

Ed. The author argues that the expense of Astute and delays in Dreadnought development threaten success of the AUKUS plan for a next generation SSN. Both the RAN and RN should consider buying future USN Virginia-class submarines to quickly fulfill the SSN-AUKUS mandate. A 10 minute read.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Black Sea, Blockade, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, Europe, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, NATO, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Procurement, Russia, Sanctions, Strategy, Technology, Ukraine
23 minutes, 1 second

The Ukraine War: Another Year In

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
18 Jan 24

Ed. The author revisits the status of the Ukraine War, a year after his initial analysis [111/2, p. 18]. The failure of either side to deliver a knockout blow, and the systemic nature of new military technology, has reduced the conflict to grinding attrition with few prospects for definitive victory. A 25 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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