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Military

  • Paul Van Riper and the Millennium Challenge

    Royal Marines Saluting CaptainYes, the title may sound like a discarded Harry Potter spin-off series, but it is, in fact, serious stuff. The story of the Millennium Challenge has flown relatively under the radar for a number of years. It was first brought into public consciousness by Malcolm Gladwell and his book ‘Blink’; A non-fiction title which looked to educate us on the idea of ‘thinking without thinking’, the decision making process and the story behind our snap decisions. The book was published in 2005 and continues to be used in classrooms and lecture halls across the country. Gladwell wrote about the Millennium Challenge in a way that made it accessible for the masses to understand, something which had not been done until that point. This accessibility was what prompted a deeper dive into the events, and General Paul Van Riper’s role within them.

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  • Military Heroes: Alan Turing

    Alan Turing Slate Sculpture

    Image Source: Steve Parker

    Alan Turing, born in London in 1912, was a Mathematician, Cryptographer and seen as a pioneer of computer science. His work during World War II was unprecedented and one of the most outstanding contributions from a single individual. A life of talent, success and persecution, tainted by a tragic end, his story has been told and retold since his passing with his work continuing to form the basis for technology such as artificial intelligence. Find out more about his life here!

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  • What is Mental Resilience Training?

    Soldier crawling through mud

    Throughout this article, it’s important to bear in mind the definition of resilience, and just as importantly, what resilience ISN’T. By definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. When describing shapes, resilience is comparable to elasticity and an ability to spring back into shape. Equally important to note, resilience doesn’t necessarily mean to tolerate or endure i.e. grin and bear it. Nor does it mean to avoid trauma and be resistant to change.

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  • How do Bomb Suits Work?

    Bomb suit with explosion in background

    Bomb suits, otherwise known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal suits, are the culmination of years of innovation in battlefield technology. They capitalise on using state of the art materials in their construction, along with being cleverly designed to minimise the effects of an explosion on the wearer. As seen in various films and TV shows throughout the years, most notably in 2008’s The Hurt Locker, the humble bomb suit is something that we think doesn’t get enough credit. Therefore, in this article, we’ll be looking at what goes into making one and how the technologies work together to keep the wearer as safe as possible.

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  • Military Heroes: Vasily Zaitsev

    Vasily Zaitsev

    In our third instalment of our military heroes series, we travel to Russia to explore the life of Vasily Zaitsev. Along with the UK, the US, France and China, the Soviet Union were the final nation to make up the Allied Forces during WWII. Vasily fought for the Soviet Union from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945, leaving an immeasurable impact and legacy.

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  • The Story Behind the U.S Navy’s Ice Cream Barge

    US Navy in White Uniform

    During a war, the smallest of margins can make the biggest of differences. Having the edge over the enemy forces, no matter how small or insignificant it may be, can turn the tide of a battle. The coordinated efforts of those in the U.S to effectively manage and distribute rations to soldiers played a vital role in the allied troops’ success in World War II.

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  • Do 3D Printed Weapons Pose a Threat?

    3d printer

    In 2013, news channels across the world starting to take notice of Cody Wilson, the owner of Defence Distributed, US-based company responsible for the first 3D printed gun. The gun was titled ‘The Liberator’ and the designs were made available to download for free from the internet. Six years have passed since and we take a look at how 3D printing has evolved, and whether 3D printed firearms pose a viable threat.

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  • A Closer Look at NASA’s Planetary Defence

    NASA Planetary Defence

    As you may have seen from checking out our other blog posts, we have a definitive interest in all things military. Whether this is looking into the history of conflicts or exploring possibilities for new military equipment, chances are, it’ll be piquing our interest.

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  • The Role of Military Psychologists

    Military boarding a plane

    At first glance, psychology and the military can seem somewhat unrelated. Being part of the military often requires exceptional physical performance, especially from younger and newer recruits. Whether this is running, swimming, parachuting or any other physical exertion, having strong physical power and lasting endurance are vital assets of being effective in a military role. However, something that is often overlooked is the psychological side of being part of the military. In this article, we look at the role of military psychologists and how they use their skills to further their country's military power.

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  • The Most Expensive Guns Ever On Sale At Auction

    Expensive Guns sold at Auction

    If you weren’t sure, we like guns. A lot. But some people love guns a tiny bit more than us and spend eye-watering amounts of money on them. So when two or more of these people get into a room and start bidding on a gun they both want, the prices can reach insane levels. Don’t believe us? Have a look at some of the most expensive guns ever on sale at auction.

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