Ten interesting links from around the net
ONE – Afghanistan Casualties
The MoD publishes casualty tables for Afghanistan, remember Afghanistan
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/op-herrick-casualty-and-fatality-tables”]
Pretty sobering stuff, especially when looked at over a period of time.
What it doesn’t do is record suicides post discharge, as we know from previous conflicts this can often be just as significant. As we look at draw down and towards Future Force 2020 we need to ensure that as much resource as possible is devoted to service personnels mental health services.
TWO – The Shiny 7
7 Field Squadron Royal Engineers, better known by many as ‘Shiny 7′ have a great ‘memories’ site
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.shiney7.co.uk/”]
Some great images and old stories from George
THREE – The Spanish Economy is in the Shitter Edition
Can we just TLAM Madrid and have done with it :)
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274640/Gibraltar-Tensions-grow-Royal-Navy-confronts-Spanish-warship.html#axzz2KVfbcNkg”]
Seriously for a moment, is our strategy of measured restraint the right one here?
At some point I tend to think you have to meet creeping escalation with a strong message that there are red lines and the Spanish are getting very close to them. That strong message doesn’t mean gunning down our NATO and EU allies of course but I think something more robust than at present is in order.
Interestingly, last Thursday several hundred years ago the Great Siege of Gibraltar ended, in 1783, after 4 years. It was lifted after a combined force of over 60 ships sailed from the UK. My favourite quote from the Wiki page linked above;
Finally, in February 1783 the siege was lifted. The French and Spanish troops retired disheartened and defeated, after three years and seven months’ conflict.
Back o the net
Am also wondering if the Spanish have been taking pointer from the Argentine government about insisting that only bilateral talks are valid, instead of the correct trilateral ones.
FOUR – Upstream Engagement in Action
It’s a terrible term but this kind of thing is obviously a model for the future
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/feb/07/britain-military-co-operation-libya”]
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”kingsofwar.org.uk/2013/02/the-uks-new-international-defence-engagement-strategy-every-engagement-short-of-actual-action/”]
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”https://www.gov.uk/government/news/international-defence-engagement-strategy-published”]
Note, I didn’t say it is THE model for the future.
FIVE – Letting it Lie
One of the most amusing articles on the subject
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/06/defence_committee_carrier_badness/”]
SIX – Doing what Engineers do best: bridging
A good story and pictures from Helmand
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://britisharmy.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/doing-what-engineers-do-best-bridging/”]
A ten bay double storey no less
SEVEN – Netting
Another order for Amsafe Bridport for their Tarian RPG protection solution
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/amsafe-bridport-awarded-uk-mod-armour-contract/”]
Very clever stuff, not necessarily because it is a new idea but because they have made it a practical proposition
EIGHT – Big Boys Jigsaw Puzzle
They are coming together at a fair rate of knots now
NONE – Puma HC2 Simulator Upgrade
As the Puma HC.2 will be coming in to service and the last flight of the HC.1 has already taken place the MoD has issued a contract for an upgrade to the simulator system.
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.aviationtoday.com/rw/topstories/CAE-Expands-UK-Puma-Training-Upgrades-Chinook-Sim_78418.html”]
TEN – BACON
No, not the pork variety but the innovative system currently in trials with the USAF using their NASA owned WB-57’s
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://theaviationist.com/2013/02/08/wb57-heading-to-afghanistan/”]
This is a system definitely worth watching
Let go for an 11, just because!
[browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://karagarou.tumblr.com/post/42356171612/un-argument-pour-les-partisans-des-regimes”]