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Addressing Current Reality, Budgets and Finance, China, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Leadership, Middle East, National Security, NATO, Political Theory, Risk Management, Russia, Strategy, The Naval Review, Ukraine
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The Russo-Ukrainian War and the end of the West’s global hegemony

By Cdre Steve Jermy RN (rtd),
23 Jan 24

Ed. The author continues his contentious analysis of the Russia-Ukraine War [110/4, p. 482], with particular attention to the perceived failure of British grand strategy vis-à-vis the geopolitical consequences of Russia’s energy superpower status. A 30 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Maritime Strategy, Naval History, Sea Power, Seapower
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Latest Book Review, 23 January 2024

23 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Andrew Lambert considers an edited volume in the Kiel Seapower Series, exploring how naval and maritime strategy is conceptualised and developed.

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Joint Press Conference for NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting, 18 January 2024

20 Jan 24

Joint press conference by Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the Military Committee, General Christopher Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and […]

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Book Reviews, Indo-Pacific, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Strategy, United States Navy
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Latest Book Review, 19 January 2024

19 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. Professor Geoffrey Till considers a new ‘short, hard-hitting account’ of the US Navy’s role and contribution to the US campaign in Vietnam.

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Addressing Current Reality, Air Defence, Armed Forces, Black Sea, Blockade, Defence Industry, Diplomacy, Dockyards & Ports, Equipment Capability, Europe, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, NATO, Naval Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Procurement, Russia, Sanctions, Strategy, Technology, Ukraine
23 minutes, 1 second

The Ukraine War: Another Year In

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
18 Jan 24

Ed. The author revisits the status of the Ukraine War, a year after his initial analysis [111/2, p. 18]. The failure of either side to deliver a knockout blow, and the systemic nature of new military technology, has reduced the conflict to grinding attrition with few prospects for definitive victory. A 25 minute read.

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Letters, Doctrine, Education, General, Law, Morale, People
3 minutes, 46 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Natural Order of Things

By Bruce Williams,
17 Jan 24

Ed. A former Editor of the NR reflects on the lessons he might have given his younger self; advice for starting out on a naval career.

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Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Equipment Capability, Force Structure, General, Leadership, Letters, National Security, Naval News, Naval Platforms, People, Procurement, Uncategorized
1 minute, 59 seconds

Letter to the Editor: Frigates

By Jeremy Blackham,
16 Jan 24

Ed. Monday 15 Jan 24 – In a media round before a Lancaster House speech on today’s threats and a rose tinted view of the state of our Armed Forces’, the new Secretary of State for Defence managed to get a Nation of Naval Officers shouting at the Radio. If only our own government could address the flashing red lights on the dashboard of their Armed Forces in the same vein as our adversaries are! He rightly suggest the peace dividend no longer exists and that “An age of idealism has been replaced by a period of hard-headed realism.” If that is the case he will also realise that by any indicator he chooses to pick to measure ‘hard-headed realism’ the Defence of the UK is no longer fit for purpose. An illustrious former Editor has also kindly put pen to paper!  For those who missed Mr Shapps’ interview and would like another opportunity to choke on their wheaties it is available on BBC Sounds at 2:15:20 – 2:19:50 (Mon 15 Jan)

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Book Reviews, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Second World War
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Latest Book Review, 16 January 2024

16 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. it considers a a recent publication from Osprey looking at the role of shore bombardment in support of the Allied Normandy campaign.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Naval History, People, Slave Trade
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Latest Book Review, 12 January 2024

12 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring and responding to claims that Nelson was linked to the slave trade.

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