Wing Commander Phil Holdcroft, Defence Studies Department MA Student “Reflecting on 18 years’ service as an officer and helicopter pilot, I don’t believe I’ve ever formally received dedicated psychological resilience training. Furthermore, I don’t think I’m in the minority. I’m not for a moment suggesting that the rigours of aircrew selection, pressures of flying training,… Read More Psychological Resilience — the missing golden thread?
Chris Tuck, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London Joint Concept Note 1/20 (JCN 1/20), Multi-Domain Integration is the UK military’s conceptual response to perceived changes in the character of conflict. This document discusses, of course, this relatively new notion of multi-domain integration (MDI). This is a concept that is explicitly experimental, but it seems, at… Read More What is Multi-Domain Integration?
Professor Martin Bricknell, Dr Mohamed Gad, Dr Chiuyi Lin and Professor Christoph Meyer 1 The COVID pandemic has been the dominant issue for national governments and international organisations over the past year. Whilst originating as a threat to health, it has had implications across most ministries (health, economics, education, internal affairs, diplomacy, defence etc) and… Read More A Typology for Civil-Military Medical Co-Operation during the Covid Crisis
Dr Mark Hilborne, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London China’s successful launch today of the first section of China’s new modular space station, called Tianhe (‘Harmony of the Heavens’) has again highlighted the pace of the country’s space programme. As the latest in a string of recent mission successes, it has inevitably led to warnings… Read More China’s space programme: a rising star, a rising challenge
Dr Simon Saradzhyan, Director, Russia Matters Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Not a day seems to go by now without dire warnings of an imminent Russian military invasion of Ukraine. Such warnings do not come out of the blue: A variety of sources—including government organizations, such as U.S. and… Read More Will Russia invade Ukraine (again)?
Rod Thornton, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London The government in the United Kingdom has recently released two important documents pointing the way forward in terms of its defence, security and foreign policy thinking. These are the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy and Defence in a Competitive Age. But there seems… Read More The Integrated Review and Defence in a Competitive Age: are they missing something? Who deals with major public disorder?
Duraid Jalili, Defence Studies Department and Co-Director of Environmental Security Research Group, King’s College London On 16 March 2021, the UK government released its much-anticipated Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The notable foregrounding of climate change and biodiversity loss within the review has already led to a range of responses and… Read More The Integrated Review: A New UK Vision for Climate Security?
Dr Mark Hilborne and Dr Mark Presley, Defence Studies Department The government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, along with its accompanying Defence Command Paper, has made the first significant inclusion of space in such a UK policy document. This is a welcome development, indicating the growing importance of space in reaching… Read More Space gets the recognition it deserves in the Integrated Review
Dr David Jordan, Senior Lecturer & Co-Director of the Freeman Air & Space Institute Since the end of the Second World War, Britain has seen successive governments try to ‘square the circle‘ of attempting to maintain Britain’s status and commitments as a major power but without possessing the military resources to back it up, in… Read More Ambition versus Affordability: Tackling the Defence Review Dilemma
Rod Thornton and Marina Miron, both Defence Studies Department, King’s College London The piece here constitutes the evidence submitted by the two authors to the United Kingdom government’s Integrated Review of defence, security, development and foreign affairs. The actual publication of the final Integrated Review document is expected in the next few weeks. The three… Read More Why UK Defence needs more mass, not less: Evidence to the Integrated Review