The deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey in response to the ongoing Syrian civil war makes sense strategically and underscores NATO's relevance. However, they also hamper Turkey's role to seek accommodation with her neighbours.
For many years, British defence acquisition has been mired in problems and controversy. Now, the House of Commons Defence Select Committee has issued a new report, generating a coherent target list and creating a parliamentary benchmark for defence acquisition policy.
As the UK sends 330 personnel to assist France's military intervention in Mali, there are real concerns that, like Afghanistan, the UK will be mired in another intractable conflict. However, the strategic conditions are very different for this to happen and it is wrong to assume there will be mission creep.
But before too long this trivial inquiry was to generate anxious telegrams to Harold Macmillan from his Australian counterpart, Sir Robert Menzies, fearful of the collapse of American confidence in the Dominion’s ability to maintain military security.
The Cretan campaign shows how one side’s superior intelligence cannot compensate for inferior air power, infirmity of purpose and rigidity of mind; Arnhem illustrates the folly not so much of making inadequate use of available intelligence but of wilfully