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    Default Britain faces serious questions on its defence capability

    A short, powerful and well-written article by Professor Lawrence Freedman, ex-Kings Wars Studies, in the FT and on open access (hopefully).
    Link:https://www.ft.com/content/805c7d1e-...4-0944c5f49e46
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    Default Forget Britain’s nuclear deterrent – here’s what Russia is really afraid of

    Thanks to a "lurker" for the pointer to this different article by a Russia SME watcher. It is a short read and ends with:
    The defence review must consider British interests in the round, of course. But if deterring the Russians is a major concern, then it is worth paying attention to what might really deter them: a flexible, fast-moving and versatile force of true professionals. Not necessarily with the heaviest kit, the biggest ships or the priciest aircraft, but able to get where they are needed, when they are needed.
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...-review-russia
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    Default Dynamic Security Threats and the British Army

    Quite clearly there is contest within Whitehall-Westminster over the UK's defence budget, whether a current review will end up with reductions being made and the military being reduced.

    Step forward to the public rostrum @ RUSI, the UK's top soldier General Nick Carter, with a speech approved by his ministerial boss:
    In this one-off lecture General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff, will elaborate on some of the increasingly real threats that pose a risk to the UK’s way of life as described by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach in his annual Chief of the Defence Staff lecture to RUSI last December.
    Link to the speech, in a podcast, transcript and the Q&A (70 mins):https://rusi.org/event/dynamic-secur...d-british-army

    The CDS speech is far shorter (32 mins):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o6Y...ature=youtu.be
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    Default Our Army is at its smallest since Waterloo – more cuts will kill it

    A short article in 'The Sun' by a ret'd Army officer; which opens with:
    Nearly eight years since the Conservatives came into government, we have self-inflicted a strategic loss of fighting power and reputation. We are facing another serious black hole in the defence equipment programme. What is going on?
    Link:https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/540184...-will-kill-it/
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    Default Agile Warrior

    Just found that a new official UK Army quarterly publication, Agile Warrior, is partly available publicly as a NGO has publsihed Issue No.2.

    The official preface opens with:
    Agile Warrior (AW) is the Army’s intellectual examination of current and emerging threat and opportunities for land capability. It generates an evidence base to inform the continual transformation of land forces and force structures across all lines of development.It aims to be both reflective and progressive, challenging current assumptions where necessary.
    The issue has an outstanding article by the Anglo-Australian academic Professor Patrick Porter - who is very challenging to the orthodox view. Here is a passage near the end:
    The future of UK security policy is not all about counter-terrorism, weak-state stabilisation, and “asymmetry”. Indeed, claims that “hybrid operations” in Eastern Europe represent some radical new departure elide (a) just how much heavy capability such operations involve, (b) the centrality of subversion/disinformation to strategy throughout history, and (c) the risk of escalation to conventional/nuclear warfighting that represents “hybrid” warfare’s greatest danger. Strategy is about limitation, about ranking and ordering things we value into a hierarchy, distinguishing the vital from the peripheral. It is about partly shaping the future environment, rather than fatalistically just accepting it.
    Link:https://remotecontrolproject.org/wp-...arrior_2-1.pdf
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    Default Agile Warrior: update

    Contact has been made with the Editor; the publication is not on the web, pending negotiations and I have been added to the distribution list so other articles may appear here. Note since posting the previous post there have been 6,347 views.
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    Default Why are the British Armed Forces short of personnel?

    A short BBC radio discussion on the issues:
    How well equipped is Britain today to defend itself both at home and overseas?Britain's armed forces are struggling to maintain numbers. According to the National Audit Office there is a shortfall of more than 8,000 among military personnel (6% below authorised strength) and there is a significant shortage of personnel with skills in critical areas.

    The Army is at its lowest level since the days it was preparing to confront Napoleon, unable to meet even the reduced requirement of 82,000 regulars.
    Several reasons are cited: the lack of a current war to act as a recruiting sergeant, a recruitment process that's not working well, discontent within the ranks and a higher number of people leaving the forces than normal.
    We examine these causes and ask what effect the shortages have both on the battlefield and strategically.
    Link:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b48z5q

    The speakers are all experts and it is quite good. They conclude 'not critical yet, except in an emergency - even more so for the RAF & RN who have far fewer reserves than the Army'.
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