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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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Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Budgets and Finance, Command & Control, Communications, Cyberwarfare, Defence Industry, Fleet Air Arm, Force Structure, General, Naval Platforms, People, Risk Management, Shaping The Future, Technology, Training
13 minutes, 27 seconds

AI in the RN, so what?

By SLt Henry W R Stevens RN,
15 Mar 24

Ed. The author examines the state of the art with regard to generative AI, contending that human-like complex reasoning functions are necessary to improve AI’s usefulness for the RN, potentially introducing an advisory function for AI in the near future, alongside automating many other tasks and functions. A 15 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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Armed Forces, Artificial Intelligence, BRNC, Command & Control, Communications, Cyberwarfare, Diversity & Inclusion, Engineering, General, Health Care, Medicine, Naval Intelligence, People, Science Fiction, Shaping The Future, Surveillance, Technology, Training, Veterans
10 minutes, 2 seconds

Beyond Boundaries: Exploring human enhancement and its integration with the Royal Navy

By OC Victoria Smith,
14 Feb 24

Ed. In this third article in the NR’s series featuring BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets, the author explores the appeal and consequences of human augmentation and robotics for the Royal Navy, raising important questions about the nature and future of war itself. A 10 minute read.

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Armed Forces, Air Power, China, Civil-Military Relations, Cyberwarfare, Defence Industry, Doctrine, Education, General, Geopolitics, Indo-Pacific, Language, Leadership, Science Fiction, Service Culture, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Technology
15 minutes, 42 seconds

Future War and Science Fiction: helping today’s military leaders plan for tomorrow’s wars

By Lt Cdr Helen Taylor RN,
13 Feb 24

Ed. A perennial problem is how does Defence encourage originality and innovation? Thinking outside of the box must be an essential prerequisite to success in the 21st century – to accommodate and exploit the explosion in computing capability and the advent of AI. The author explains how the UK predicts and prepares for future conflict, the flaws in this method, and proposes how studying Science Fiction literature could offer military leaders a beneficial fighting edge in a future conflict. A 15 minute read.

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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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Amphibious Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Armed Forces, Baltic, BRNC, Combined Arms, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Environment, Equipment Capability, Europe, Joint Expeditionary Force, Joint Forces, Maritime Strategy, National Defence, NATO, Naval Platforms, Russia, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Submarines, Technology, Turkey
12 minutes, 30 seconds

Russia’s old enemy

By OC Daniel Berg,
07 Feb 24

Ed. The second article in the NR’s series featuring BRNC Pellew Division officer cadets. The author here examines the assets Finland and Sweden bring to NATO in the Arctic and Baltic, together representing a significant increase in the Alliance’s regional capability. A 15 minute read.

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Service Culture, Age of Sail, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Diplomacy, Diversity & Inclusion, General, Joint Forces, Leadership, People, Sea Power, Shaping The Future, Training, Uruguay
10 minutes, 12 seconds

From Falmouth to Montevideo: A Voyage on Uruguayan Navy Tall Ship Capitán Miranda

By SLt William Parker RN,
26 Jan 24

Ed. Our correspondent draws lessons from his time sailing with the Uruguayan Navy aboard the schooner Capitán Miranda, with a Joint mission of training future officers in seamanship and conducting naval diplomacy around the globe. A 10 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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