WILLIAM MCKERAN William McKeran is studying at the UK Defence Academy and King’s College London. He is undertaking a Masters by Research that is using complexity theory to analyse the UK’s National Security Council, Fusion Doctrine and the Russian Federation. If you have any follow ups, contact him on Twitter Sir Mark Sedwill recently outlined the UK’s… Read More Strategic thought: the complexity of security
KEITH SLACK Keith Slack is a serving officer in the Royal Air Force and is currently studying at the Defence Academy and with King’s College London. He is completing a Masters in Research on “Information Power” and has extensive experience in the projection of information power in current and past operations. As exclaimed by infowars.com,… Read More Information Power!
JONATHAN FENNELL Jonathan Fennell is author of Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War, which was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2019. Three quarters of a century ago, soldiers of the British and Commonwealth Armies were embroiled in one of the iconic battles of the Second… Read More The Furlough Mutiny and the Struggle for Cassino in the Second World War
CHRIS TUCK In a paper published recently, I explore some of the challenges of thinking about technology and the future of war. We’ve seen in the world in the last fifty years or so what many consider to be an unprecedented rate of technological change, a process that seems to be speeding up. For example,… Read More Technology, Uncertainty, and Future War
LOUISE KETTLE Dr Louise Kettle is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Her research examines how lessons from history are learned and the relationship between Britain and the Middle East. Her latest book Learning from the History of British Interventions in the Middle East is… Read More What is Military Learning in the C21st?
MATT LEWIS Matt Lewis is a PhD student at the Defence Studies Department and an Infantry Battalion Commander in the British Army. His research focuses on decolonising the concept of violence, with specific reference to Algeria and Critical Theory. He tweets in a personal capacity as @mattlewisfab. Accounts from 20th Century graduates of NATO Staff Colleges… Read More The Elusion of Critique: On Developing Critical Approaches in Defence Discourse
EMILIE CLERET Emilie Alice Cléret is Head of the English Department within the Enseignement militaire supérieur – the French Higher Military Education. She designs the English courses for the Ecole de guerre– the French War College – and for the Centre des hautes etudes militaires– the higher command and staff course. You can read more… Read More The Necessary Death of the One-size-fits-all Approach: Transformative Pedagogy in Higher Military Education
GROUP CAPTAIN CLARE MUIR Group Captain Clare Muir is currently the Director of the RAF Division at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. She completed a Chief of the Air Staff’s Tedder Fellowship at Cambridge studying International Relations in 2013 and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in academic year 2017/18. You can follow her at… Read More The Importance of Being Curious
JIM BEACH Dr Jim Beach of the University of Northampton explains the birth and early years of an important forum for interwar military debate. Jim has edited the military papers of Lieutenant Colonel Cuthbert Headlam for the Army Records Society. On 24 February ninety-nine years ago, two former British army officers sat down and discussed… Read More Discussing Defence: Cuthbert Headlam and the Army Quarterly
HEBER ACKLAND Commodore Ackland is a Royal Navy Officer and UK Defence Academy staff member, you can follow him on Twitter at @HeberAckland. Recently I was scrolling through the online version of the Washington Post when I was drawn to a striking headline describing twitter as the crystal meth of the newsrooms, ‘a drug [sic:… Read More Use Responsibly: Twitter and the Ideas Network