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Admiralty, Battle of the Atlantic, Civil-Military Relations, Convoy Operations, Diplomacy, General, Joint Forces, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Military History, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Platforms, People, Royal Air Force, Sea Power, Second World War, Service Culture, Submarines, Uncategorized
10 minutes, 9 seconds

The Wartime Friendship Between Prime Minister Churchill and Capt J C Leach MVO DSO RN

By Matthew Wills,
08 Apr 24

Ed. Matthew Wills paints a vivid picture of Churchill’s crossing to Newfoundland for the famous August 1941 Atlantic Conference meeting with Roosevelt. The firm hand of Captain John C Leach of HMS Prince of Wales ensured a smooth crossing for this high diplomatic mission. A 10 minute read.

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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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Admiralty, Air Defence, Air Power, Combined Arms, Communications, Joint Forces, Joint Operations, Leadership, Letters, Military History, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Sea Power, Second World War, Tactics, Technology, The Naval Review
8 minutes, 30 seconds

Letter to the Editor: A Reply to ‘Admiral Tom Phillips and the final command of Force Z’

By Arthur Nicholson,
01 Apr 24

Ed. Our correspondent, an expert on the fate of Force Z, responds to Bruce Pascoe’s analysis of Admiral Tom Phillips’ decision-making during the Malay oki kaisen.

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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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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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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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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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