Defence Studies Talk Series

Thought I would use Think Defence for something useful for once, not just indulging in my bridge and container fetish.

Paul Barnes is a serving Warrant Officer in the British Army, highly educated, and one of the few serving soldiers I know that writes on his own blog.

Paul has been on a quest to improve professional development, writing on his blog…

[box type=”custom” bg=”#F5F5F5″ color=”#” border=”#” radius=”0″ fontsize=”14″]Everyone has one thing that irritates them about their job. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will not be surprised to hear that my pet hate is the Army’s failure to deliver effective professional development outside of mandatory Officer training. There have been efforts of late to improve the situation, but in the belief that you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem, I devised a Defence Studies Talk Series.[/box]

Not content with moaning, Paul has done something quite brilliant, established relationships with a range of excellent speakers like Dr Matt Ford, Lt Gen (Ret’d) Sir John Kiszely KCB MC, Professor Gary Sheffield FRHistS, FRSA, Dr Stuart Mitchell and Dr James Kitchen of RMA Sandhurst, Dr Daniel Todman, with others in the pipeline, to deliver a series of ‘Defence Talks’ at the Prince Consort’s Library in Aldershot.

They start on Tuesday 4th of July with a talk from Dr Mathew Ford, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. Matt Ford holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London and had a very successful career in management consultancy before entering academia. A former West Point Fellow and winner of the Society for Military History’s Russell F. Weigley Graduate Award, Matt has written extensively about military-technical change, especially as it relates to the infantry and their experience of battle. Matt is an Honorary Historical Consultant to the Royal Armouries at Leeds. Matt’s subject is ‘Is it Gucci? What small arms can tell us about the military’s attitude to innovation and adaptation’

Trust me, this first one of the series will be fantastic.

Read more at Paul’s latest blog here, including how to attend

The Talk Series – Why?

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Ray packha
Ray packha
June 25, 2017 5:13 pm

Matthew ford was my lecturer at sussex when I undertook my Ma international Security …. his lectures were the highlight of the week ! … if you can go I’d recommend it …

June 25, 2017 8:10 pm

The Snatch landrover saga, Kajaki turbine operation and the recent photo of British soldiers copying the Iconic image of the US Marines hoisting the US flag are symptoms of an army (possibly armed forces) that is intellectually stagnating.

We need a lot more NCO’s and SNCO’s who get the opportunity to study and develop professionally, and above all be listened to and have their ideas/experience passed up the chain of command.

The likes of Paul Barnes should be among the norm not the exception.