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Israel, Conflict Resolution, Education, Middle East, People, Religion, Shaping The Future
14 minutes, 1 second

After Gaza

By Lt Cdr David G Kibble RNR,
24 Nov 23

Ed. The author argues that the recent events in Gaza have seriously delayed the peace process and any chance for long-term peace will necessarily require communication, amongst the younger generation in particular. Members of faith communities will have a part to play in de-escalating tensions while politicians will need to attend to a multifaceted and historic series of issues, not least of which is bridging the educational divide between Palestinian and Israeli youth. A 15 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Naval Engineering, Naval Platforms, Russia, Shaping The Future, Technology
4 minutes, 56 seconds

Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) – Getting a Grip

By Capt David Fields RN (rtd),
16 Oct 23

Ed. The author provides an update on Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) and the likely outcomes resulting from increased government pressure to improve the company’s throughput and financing. A 5 minute read.

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China, Diplomacy, Europe, First World War, General, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Iran, Middle East, Military History, National Defence, Operational Art, Persian Gulf, Russia, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Ukraine
8 minutes, 0 seconds

Hannibal’s legacy: always find the flank

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
12 Oct 23

Ed. The author considers the grand strategic temptation of seeking a flank to break the current, Huntingesque, East-West standoff. Engaging additional allies, or enemies, and perpetuating old conflicts worldwide has dangerous implications for the future of global stability. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Admiralty, Communications, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Doctrine, General, Hybrid Warfare, National Defence, National Security, Risk Management, Seapower, Shaping The Future, Technology, The Art of Admirality
7 minutes, 42 seconds

The Art of Admiralty and the digital Black Jellyfish

By Lt Cdr Jonathan Wheale RN,
09 Oct 23

Ed. The author highlights the need for digital mastery to protect against the ‘black jellyfish’ of postmodern threats. For the Art of Admiralty to succeed in the information age, it must be extended into the digital realm. A 10 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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Budgets and Finance, Defence Industry, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, Geopolitics, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Royal Australian Navy, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, United States Navy
8 minutes, 30 seconds

What Price AUKUS?

30 Jun 23

Ed. The author argues that there is a world of difference between the promise of the AUKUS agreement and its actual implementation; considering the real strategic challenges and political imperatives facing the partner nations. 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

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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Civil-Military Relations, Admiralty, General, Leadership, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Shaping The Future, Strategy
10 minutes, 10 seconds

What should the art of admiralty involve in a competitive, maritime age?

31 May 23

Ed. The author takes to task the need for public engagement by the RN, if a sceptical public is to be convinced of the vital importance of the maritime nature of the British Way of War. A 10 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

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 ( A 5 minute read.

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