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40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, Amphibious Operations, Armed Forces, Combined Arms, Force Structure, Joint Forces, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Naval Platforms, People, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, The Naval Review
7 minutes, 6 seconds

A Reply to the ‘The Trouble with the Future Commando Force’

By Gert,
16 May 24

Ed. The author follows up on Bertram’s recent article examining the underpinning of the Future Commando Force, emphasising the concept’s shortfalls. A 10 minute read.

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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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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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Diversity & Inclusion, Armed Forces, Fleet Air Arm, Leadership, Morale, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, Shaping The Future, The Naval Review, Women
8 minutes, 42 seconds

Advice to my younger self

By Lt Lily-Mae Fisher RN,
05 Oct 23

Ed. The author, the only serving female RN Commando and currently a helicopter pilot in training, explores in this retrospective to her younger self the practical and mental lessons that motivated her to excel in her challenging and inspiring career. A 10 minute read.

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General, Leadership, Letters, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, The Naval Review
1 minute, 49 seconds

Letter to the Editor: A Royal Marine route to First Sea Lord (2)

By David Collins,
05 Sep 23

Ed. The author agrees with Cdr de Silva that much has changed in the “promotion sweepstakes” but that service culture bottlenecks and educational barriers still linger.

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Letters, General, Leadership, People, Royal Marines, Service Culture, The Naval Review
3 minutes, 47 seconds

Letter to the Editor: A Royal Marine route to First Sea Lord

By Cdr Rob Scott RN,
17 Aug 23

Ed. The author responds to CDR Oliver de Silva’s featured article (111/3, p. 66) and raises some qualifications about the future of the Royal Marines within the Navy’s service culture.

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Baltic, Addressing Current Reality, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Operations, Leadership, National Security, NATO, Operational Planning, Royal Marines
8 minutes, 37 seconds

The Joint Expeditionary Force, its current and future relevance for mutual defence in northern Europe and the North Atlantic

By Maj Gen Jim Morris RM,
18 Jul 23

Ed. Major General Jim Morris RM is Standing Joint Force Commander (SJFC). Among his responsibilities is command of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Headquarters, for which the UK is the NATO-nominated framework nation. In this article he considers some of the security challenges faced in the Arctic High North and the Baltic regions and the importance of the JEF as a regional security framework for delivering security. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, General, Joint Operations, Leadership, Naval Staff, People, Professional Military Education, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future
28 minutes, 30 seconds

Meritocracy and A Royal Marine Route to First Sea Lord

By CDR OLIVER DE SILVA RN,
13 Jun 23

Ed. The increasingly Joint and interservice nature of senior command raises fascinating possibilities regarding the career paths of future RN and RM officers. Through research and interviews the author asks, and answers, the question of what path a Royal Marine might follow to become First Sea Lord. A 30 minute read.

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Force Structure, Joint Operations, Naval Aviation, Naval Platforms, Naval Staff, Royal Marines, Shaping The Future, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy
3 minutes, 9 seconds

Strengthening A Special Relationship – Delivering Combined Seapower

By CDR HUGH W. S. BOTTERILL MBE RN,
11 May 23

Ed. The author surveys the Delivering Combined Seapower (DCS) concept, with the goal of moving from interoperable USN-RN operations to a more thoroughly integrated interchangeable dynamic. Credit to the United States Center for Maritime Strategy, originally published on the Maritime Ops Center website (https://centerformaritimestrategy.org/publications/strengthening-the-special-relationship-delivering-combined-sea-power/). A 5 minute read.

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