About Think Defence

So what is Think Defence?

Quite simply, it is a blog that promotes the idea of people having sensible conversation about UK defence issues, no more, no less.

It is not a platform to effect change, it is not some campaigning organisation or think tank.

Just for the avoidance of doubt, Think Defence is not supported by anyone but the authors, no industry and no forces associations for example. The advertising on the site pays for hosting and design fees but nothing else, essentially, it is a non profit site.

And that's it.


Think Defence is about getting people talking about UK defence issues so small print is not something that really interests me to be honest and because it is a non profit making site I don’t care if people quote or link, in fact, the more the better.

All I ask is that if you are going to use anything from the site then have the manners to acknowledge it and I will try and do the same.

If there is anything that creeps into Think Defence that is yours, someone else’s to or in any way objectionable then please get in touch and we can have a conversation about how to put it right.

However, some basic stuff..

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One of the great strengths of Think Defence is the quality of it’s guest writers.

The rules are very simple;

  1. Have something sensible to say about UK defence issues
  2. Contact me via, funnily enough, the contact page and we can exchange emails and content

That’s it.

When you send the content make sure the copy and images are separate as it makes it easier to post. Also provide a short ‘about me’ and the name you wish to publish under, does not have to be your real name.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Some posts on Think Defence are simple, some take enormous amounts of research and where possible I take the trouble to find out the source of information and provide credits or links.

Most of the images are hosted on Flickr so clicking through will reveal the original source, these are usually provided under the creative commons licence. Wherever possible I try to obtain permission to use them but as is often the case, the original source is difficult to track down.

If an image is yours and I have failed to provide the appropriate attribution please get in touch and I will resolve the issue, either by removing it or appropriate crediting.

Think Defence is not profit making, the advertising just covers hosting and design costs so commercial image licencing is unlikely to be the preferred route.

Blogging not something one does in a vacuum, there are always other sites, books and sources of information that provide the basis or research materials for posts.

Some of the main sources for research and inspiration are;

  • Imperial War Museum
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Plain Military
  • RFA Nostalgia
  • Fast Air
  • Britain’s Small Wars
  • Various internet forums like PPRUNE, ARRSE, Key Publishing, Warships 1,

Plus of course the numerous defence news sources.