The Volgograd Bombings and the Winter Olympics
The Volgograd bombings have shown that even without a claim of responsibility that links them to the Games, terrorist attacks elsewhere in Russia can have almost as great an impact on World opinion as an attack on Sochi itself.
3 Jan 2014
2014 Another Year of Strategy
For UK policy planners, the year ahead will be dominated by strategy formulation in preparation for possible transition in 2015.
19 Dec 2013
Fighting the ‘Battle of the Narrative’: Communicating Army 2020
A recent course organised for influencers was designed to convey the British Army’s response to a changing strategic landscape. Despite redeployment from Afghanistan and Reserve reorganisation, this exercise emphasised that the British Army is still very much in the war-fighting business.
13 Nov 2013
Portsmouth Ship Yard Jobs: Britain’s Maritime Capabilities Rebalanced
British maritime defence industrial manufacturing capabilities saw a historic transition with the Portsmouth naval yard losing out to Glasgow. This is an important milestone, but it is too simplistic to talk glibly about the resulting strategic shrinkage or the demise of British maritime strength.
8 Nov 2013
Poppies and Remembrance Sunday: Multicultural and Multifaith Britain Joins In
As the nation marks Remembrance Sunday, Britain’s ethnic minorities will be joining commemorations as well. This is not well reflected, however, in public and media discourse, where those who protest noisily can get a hearing often denied to those who participate quietly in our shared national commemorations.
8 Nov 2013
Speed is the New Stealth: The SR-72 Challenges the Future at Mach 6
Last week, the normally secretive ‘Skunk Works’ division of the Lockheed Martin company unveiled a new, remotely piloted, hypersonic jet with strike and reconnaissance capabilities. Given the right investment, it has the potential to revolutionise military aerospace technology.
5 Nov 2013
Xi Jinping’s Anti-Corruption Campaign
China’s leader has launched an anti-corruption drive that seems to strike at the heart of the Communist Party. Yet the persistence of the campaign may instead reflect his stubborn faith in the fundamental correctness of the system.
28 Oct 2013