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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Caribbean, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 1 August

01 Aug 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the ‘Pirates’ Code’, and the wider issues surrounding 18th century piracy.

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Book Reviews, Indo-Pacific, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Second World War, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 28 July

28 Jul 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It looks at the use of Japanese long-range flying boats and US land-based long-range maritime patrol aircraft, in particular the rare direct encounters those aircraft had, over the Pacific in the Second World War.

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General, First World War, Learning From The Past, Naval History, Submarines, Technology, The Naval Review, Uncategorized
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The Submarine Under the Park, Part 2 – Digging Deeper

By LT TOM KEMP RN,
28 Jul 23

Ed. The author continues his investigation into the Dartmouth Coronation Park submarine mystery, having gained some key allies and a Ground Penetrating Radar kit. A 10 minute read.

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Geopolitics, Addressing Current Reality, China, Defence Engagement, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Global War on Terrorism, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, National Defence, Persian Gulf, Strategy
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The Rebalance of Power in an Increasingly Competitive Persian Gulf and the Implications for UK Defence

By LT COL SAM HUGHES RM,
25 Jul 23

Ed. The author argues that, in light of China and Russia’s rising regional influence, the UK needs to review its strategy in the Middle East. The Persian Gulf is sliding down Defence’s priorities, yet there remains a large military commitment, which, the author argues, does not represent a positive balance of investment. Should the MoD consider moving its maritime and air assets out of the Gulf? A 25 minute read.

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Book Reviews, People, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 25 July

25 Jul 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It looks at the story of double agents in Colditz, and as the reviewer highlights, the various “worms, squirming and turning, wriggling and squiggling”.

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Book Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Europe, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Maritime Strategy, NATO, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Deterrence, Operational Art, Russia, Strategy, Submarines, Ukraine
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Latest Book Review, 21 July

21 Jul 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a new edited volume on the role of the sea in Russian strategy, providing a discussion of historical context, operational art, strategy, and capability.

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19th Century, Addressing Current Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Diplomacy, Engineering, First World War, Force Structure, General, Geopolitics, Military History, Operational Art, Operational Planning, Russia, Technology, Ukraine
7 minutes, 37 seconds

The New Hiatus in Warfare

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
21 Jul 23

Ed. General Sir Robert Fry reflects on the historical evolution of trench warfare during the First World War to demonstrate that, although post-modern technology may have improved in an absolute sense, the fundamental nature of a military stalemate necessitates awaiting the emergence of the next paradigm. Originally published by The Article, 13 July 2023 (https://www.thearticle.com/the-new-hiatus-in-warfare). A 10 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 18 July

18 Jul 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It looks at the role of William Dampier, and the creation of the United Kingdom in 1707.

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