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  • The Other Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Ben Needham's press coverage was huge, that it occurred pre-WWW shouldn't stop you looking at the press archives. Flyers were handed out on all flights to Greece, school assemblies had OHP's showing clippings to warn kids to stay close to their parents, radio reports, word of mouth and interviews ran...
  • DavidNiven on All Change for the Army ReserveThe regular reserve do have a use, but they are a bit like the 'A' team 'If you can find them, maybe you can hire ........ dadadadaaa' Upon leaving the forces you have a liability to inform the MOD of your whereabouts and if your ability to be mobilised changes...
  • The Limey on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09@Chris - I think you're seriously wrong on this one. All of the academic evidence I have seen shows that 'newsworthiness' (across media) is predicated on a number of factors. e.g. this study, based on questionnaires filled in by UK tabloid questionnaires 'revealed that, with certain exceptions, homicides involving ‘perfect’...
  • Deja Vu on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09@GNB http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2015/02/open-thread-2015-week-09/comment-page-1/#comment-324371 Sounds like common sense to me.
  • Clive F on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Question: Why would you buy an F18 instead of an F15?
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09I live in the UAE and my coverage is limited as a result. The story I think you are referring too has been covered on Sky News and I have seen it develop from missing girl to arrests and a house search on Sky (plus a little on the BBC...
  • Deja Vu on All Change for the Army Reserve1 Field Martial Carver wanted to name what came out of the old TA/VR/AER as "The Army Volunteer Reserve" to bring it into line with RNVR and RAFVR but was over ruled nand TA&VR it became, took 50 years for the RNR/RAFR/AR to align. 2 There was a Volunteer Reserve...
  • Topman on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09@ Chris That seem unlikely. Reason the story about the girls has got traction will be the link to the Jehadi John story, the two are 'linked' and this will be a follow story as there is interest in the IS angle. Plenty of Muslims gone to Syria not covered...
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Nick - you sort of made my point without realising - the girl in Bristol is a current story which you can find if you look very hard on the BBC Bristol local news page. That you are seemingly unaware of it only goes to show how little awareness the...
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Further to DN's link (Feb26) about defence spend falling short and a PM not engaging: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11435097/Ignoring-defence-is-a-mistake-Mr-Cameron.html
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Chris Sorry I'm not convinced. The girl who disappeared and was found murdered by the Lithuanian guy who hung himself got considerable coverage. If that was happening right now, the ISIS coverage would still get the lead. Nothing to do with the media being PC; some news items are deemed...
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Nick - possibly, but I still have a strong suspicion that if three Caucasian British girls ran off to join a brutal criminal organisation and at the same time a Muslim girl was abducted then the news coverage would have swung 180 degrees. One has to be seen to be...
  • Jules on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31688929 However the same articles states that the Government is committed tooth 2%
  • Nick on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09Chris I think you're just highlighting the way the UK rolling TV news media works. It's essentially tabloid in approach with little attention to detail and limited analysis, but with lots of repetition of the head line story often rather pointlessly.
  • Phil on All Change for the Army ReserveThere'd be a good number of Regular Reservists on JPA by now - in fact 99% of the potentially most useful will be on there (ie those who left in the last 3-5 years). As Obsvr says the Regular Reserve has a particular niche for operations of a particular character....
  • The Limey on Putin’s One Million Man Army Ready to Steam Roll Across The Channel@Martin, John Hartley- Over on Arstechnica - http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=1258363 - there is a really good thread analysing what has been publicly released. It seems there are very good reasons to be sceptical.
  • Engineer Tom on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09@ as Is it classed as permanent if the person blinded dies whilst blinded?
  • Martin on Putin’s One Million Man Army Ready to Steam Roll Across The Channel@ John Hartley - The problem with partnering with skunk works on their Star Trek fusion reactor is that I think they made the whole thing up. If Lockheed really was on the verge of creating a miniature fusion reactor using EM then their share price would be bigger than...
  • Obsvr on All Change for the Army ReserveThe T&AVR was created in the 1960s, when the old TA 'died' (ie the last NS was discharged in 1962, hence their TA obligation ran out in 1966 and by 1967 the TA was in a total crisis and effectively non-existent. Legally ex-regular soldiers are mostly transferred to the Reserve,...
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09US Army suggest if UK cuts any more out of defence structures it wouldn't be able to deploy as UK units alongside US forces, but would have to send troops to be embedded in US units as seconded personnel: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31688929
  • Chris on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09monkey - could never happen with biased UK media methods. As a reference note the coverage of the three young girls who (mistakenly perhaps, sadly certainly) made voluntary life-changing decisions to run away to a blissfully perfect life among the murderous IS butchers - headline item no.1 for two weeks....
  • monkey on Open Thread – 2015 Week 09On the odd jahadi escaping the net why not let them board the plane here and then they don't arrive at their final destination , took a wrong turn or something of that order , just vanished off the face of the earth....
  • AndyC on Six Years of BloggingMany congratulations on keeping us all informed and providing a debating forum for the last six years. As a relative newcomer I've really appreciated the wide range of articles and the depth of research together with some very interesting comments.
  • George on Six Years of BloggingBelated Birthday Best Wishes! Thank you for this blog: one of only three sites I visit on a near daily basis!
  • Ulenspiegel on Putin’s One Million Man Army Ready to Steam Roll Across The Channel@Sazuroi I think the 12 German Heimatschutzbrigaden which were formed under Heeresstruktur IV (1980-1992) and usually comprised two Jägerbatallione, two Panzerbatallione and one Feldartilleriebatallion were more or less conventional units. The other Jäger units (without heavy weapons) were indeed security forces which had in war time to hunt down paras...

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