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

Technology alone will not save the military in the Information Age

CHRIS FOGARTY Chris Fogarty is currently studying for a Masters by Research in Defence Studies with Kings College London, specialising in Information Advantage.  He is also a student on the UK’s Advanced Command and Staff Course. It is often said that we’re living in the information age. Yet quite what the implications of modern communications… Read More Technology alone will not save the military in the Information Age

Brexit and the case for a naval policy renaissance

DUNCAN REDFORD Dr Duncan Redford is a naval historian who is working on the relationship between the Royal Navy and 19th/20th century British national identity. This post originally appeared on History & Policy in 2017 and is reproduced with permission. Will Brexit lead to a naval renaissance for the British? Britain is leaving the European Union. The EU… Read More Brexit and the case for a naval policy renaissance

Information Power in Action: Salisbury, deterrence & the importance of attribution

KEITH SLACK Keith Slack 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. Possessing robust capabilities and communicating the will to use them are essential elements of… Read More Information Power in Action: Salisbury, deterrence & the importance of attribution