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  1. Military Heroes: Sir Arthur Harris

    Sir Arthur Harris The term ’military hero’ is perhaps not so appropriate for Sir Arthur Harris, depending on which side of the fence you stand on. His role within the First and Second World Wars undoubtedly played a part in the Allied victory, but the question is whether the ends justified the means. His tactics, ideas and opinions were certainly dividing, and to many, seemed extreme. Here, we take a look at the life and career of Sir Arthur Harris, also known as Bomber or Butcher Harris, and leave it to you to form your own opinion. Continue reading →
  2. An Overview of Joint Force 2025

    Soldier in the battlefield If you’ve paid any attention to military reports and literature over the last couple of years, you’ll have noticed a common phrase cropping up. Mentioned in the RAF Strategy in 2017, the MOD’s Annual Reports and Accounts for 2018-2019 (an interesting read in of itself) and, perhaps the first sighting of this phrase, was in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The purpose of the 2015 SDSR was to outline the moves the UK is making to upgrade its defence capabilities. Since then, the term has been used across a slew of internal and external materials, but what does it mean? Here, we offer a brief overview of what you need to know about Joint Force 2025. Continue reading →
  3. 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. Continue reading →

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