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The Overseas Territories are Part of the Realm

Michael Clapp and Graham Edmonds

“The EU Security Conference seemed to be all about ‘me’ (that is a common – United States of Europe - foreign and defence policy). NATO, the cornerstone of European security since WW2 was hardly mentioned. Yet as the French are finding in Mali and the French and the UK found in Libya it is impossible to conduct any form of modern warfare without the technological, logistical, communications, electronic warfare and intelligence support of the US. Read more...

 

Still a Hole in our Defences?

Graham Edmonds

This is an update of the article A Hole in our Defences’ written 13 Mar 2015
The Prime Minister, Mrs May, has been less forthright than her predecessor about the Government’s first duty being the defence of the United Kingdom. During the 2017 election campaign, however, she stated that "As Prime Minister, I always have and always will put Britain's national security first" Read more...

Petition: Stop the cuts to the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy's amphibious assault ships

Luke Pollard

This petition calls on the Government to stop cuts to Devonport-based HMS Albion & HMS Bulwark. There has been recent media speculation that the Government is considering scrapping the Royal Navy's entire amphibious assault capabilities and cut 1,000 Royal Marines. We want these cuts stopped. Read more...

 

History of Airpower Series – Paper 3 – Battle of the Atlantic Versus the Strategic Air Offensive over Germany: was the Second World War Prolonged Unnecessarily?

Dr. Anthony J. Cumming

Last year (2013) marked the 70th anniversary of the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest running continuous campaign of the Second World War. These operations were fought by the Allies with the objectives of securing supply lines and imposing a naval blockade on the Axis powers. Spilling into adjacent waters as diverse as the Arctic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the battles were fought by men and ships of the Royal Navy; Royal Navy Patrol Service; Merchant Navy; Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy against the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe... Read more

 

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