Think Defence – June 2017 Update

To repeat myself from earlier updates, Think Defence was never going away, but it was changing, so stopping short blog posts and concentrating on the longer form content was that change.

The first part of that change has now more or less completed; the old long form content has either been refreshed and updated, or split out into more tightly focussed articles, often with additions, as below.

The only one left is the CVR(T) to FRES to AJAX article, and that is next for the update and refresh treatment.

What comes after that?

First will be some site design tweaking that will split out the long form content into those that are wholly reference in nature, like the UK complex weapons series, and those that have some form of opinion or proposal, like the port opening one just published.

After that, who knows, plenty of interesting subjects to write about, maybe even SDSR 2017!

Each of the above will also be subject to a regular update cycle, especially the reference articles, making sure they are always up to date. Will also be looking at how I can get them all into downloadable PDF’s.

As ever, thanks to everyone for continuing to hang around and comment.


Had a quick chat with Mr Thinpinstripe this afternoon and he might be coming back to blogging, so check back there regularly. And just as a reminder, you can also get your fill of my talking nonsense on Twitter. The Open Thread at the TD Archive Site is also still ticking along.

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June 5, 2017 8:22 am

I doubt if there will be a SDSR before Brexit is cleared up. No one will have the slightest clue on what will be available to spent. The risk is that beyond high profile political must do’s everything will free wheel.

Deja Vu
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June 5, 2017 5:25 pm

Well I suppose an illustrated history of the OPH and OPH pin would be a bit niche.

I enjoyed the long post about expeditionary ports. Possibly expeditionary airfields might be interesting to research.

Army 2020 has me completely baffled. I asked a recently retired RSM how many men in an infantry battalion nowadays and he said during his time as RSM anywhere between 450 and 900 depending on circumstances though the latter seemed to include sub-units under command of a battle group. So maybe a medium length post with sufficient detail to explain it all to the perplexed.

June 11, 2017 8:26 am

The thin pinstriped is asking if there is any demand for him returning to blogging, if your interested go to his site and let him know.

June 20, 2017 7:54 am

What sort of topics you’ll be covering in the near future? Got anything in mind? I can’t be the only one who’d love read and talk about infantry related topics.

June 28, 2017 6:14 pm

Voted for something on infantry; also great news about Mr Thinpinstripe… do you still maintain a list of recommended links? Reciprocity – and checking both sites at times becomes smooth as silk.

Onto the new post (on amphibiosity)…

August 15, 2017 10:57 am

Hi TD,

Only found these (Open Thread 01 and 02) today and skimmed through the first one.
The good news: the good old crowd is still there
The bad news: I am a speed reader and cannot read the format, without stopping after every line

So no can do, and I saw your comment about having lost the flexibility of self hosting after you asked this question
“Is everyone OK with this format by the way, wasn’t sure whether people would be confused by what was here and what was at the main site?”
so may be there is nothing you can do either?

In contrast, the readability of the piece currently in editing on the main site is very easy to the eye, and only at times suffers from cramming three photos next to each other (I believe you are doing it to manage the page format/ page breaks… so not a big deal in that light).

Cheers (to everybody), ACC

PS WP did not like me posting this straight onto the Open Thread; nevermind…

stephen duckworth
September 27, 2017 9:32 pm

On the new proposed 220 percent tax on Bombadier aircraft imports to the USA affecting their plant in Belfast , anyone think this could impact the 50 AH-64E order?
@ £2.3 billion ,that order is a big lever to make the US rethink this.