The Naval Review – Encouraging Debate Inside the Royal Navy Since 1913

JAMES GOLDRICK James Goldrick joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1974 and retired in 2012 as a two-star Rear Admiral. He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf and the Australian Defence Force Academy. He led Australia’s Border Protection Command and later commanded the Australian Defence… Read More The Naval Review – Encouraging Debate Inside the Royal Navy Since 1913

Pathways to improve military learning: key lessons-learned research agendas

TOM DYSON Tom Dyson is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway College, University of London. His forthcoming book Organisational Learning and the Modern Army: A New Model for Lessons Learned Processes will be published by Routledge in July 2019. During the last two decades there has been growing… Read More Pathways to improve military learning: key lessons-learned research agendas

Cheer Up! – PME is More Than a Classroom

BJ ARMSTRONG Commander Benjamin “BJ” Armstrong is former search and rescue and special warfare helicopter pilot currently serving as Assistant Professor of War Studies and Naval History at the U.S. Naval Academy. His books include 21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Conclusions for the Modern Era, 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education, and Leadership for the Modern… Read More Cheer Up! – PME is More Than a Classroom

The unfortunate operational level: Five good reasons to review our operational level structures.

JONATHAN L This post is the second of two articles on the operational planning process in Britain and France. You can read the first post here. “The real tradition in grand things is not to repeat what others have done, but to recapture the spirit that made these things and would make completely different ones… Read More The unfortunate operational level: Five good reasons to review our operational level structures.

Imagination and creativity in the Armed Forces

FERNANDO GARETTO Lt Col Fernando Garetto is a Chilean Army Officer. He is a big fan of creativity and currently a student of the Advance Command and Staff Course in the Defence Academy, which includes completing a King’s College London Master by Research (MRes) in Defence Studies.  Within the defence community, creativity and imagination are… Read More Imagination and creativity in the Armed Forces

The unfortunate operational level: Five good reasons to review our operational level processes.

JONATHAN L Jonathan is a French officer on the Advanced Command and Staff Course and a KCL MRes student. The Statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy, but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. Let us learn our lessons. Winston Churchill… Read More The unfortunate operational level: Five good reasons to review our operational level processes.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: a Eurasian Game

REBECCA WARREN Rebecca is a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy, currently studying at the UK Defence Academy and King’s College London. Her Masters by Research is examining China’s use of economic power in the international system, with particular focus on the Belt and Road Initiative, you can follow her on Twitter here. Two thousand… Read More China’s Belt and Road Initiative: a Eurasian Game