The Risks of Upstream Engagement

The growth of ISIS and the subsequent questions and navel gazing surrounding the efficacy of military intervention, or indeed the requirement for military intervention, go right to the very heart of a dilemma which will only become more and…

Choose FOB Life

Some random photo's from FOB Khar Nikah and PB Bahadur which was a satellite Patrol Base of the FOB on HERRICK 13. There's more if anyone is interested. For ones daily motions. Got busy before big ops. Can't remember the purpose…

UK and Syria – The OLAAR

An OLAAR you ask? Well if my memory serves me right it stands for Operational Learning And After Action Report. Basically something you write when someone or something has spanked in. And David Cameron's plans have certainly spanked…

Quick Thoughts on Syria and Chemical Weapons Use

A quick and dirty analysis of the Syrian situation – perhaps more accurately termed, my opinion on the Syrian situation! Some of this has been mentioned in my posts so forgive me for repeating myself but I fancied bringing it all together.…

Platoon and Bren Gun Myths

This series of short articles is about looking at some of the more persistent myths surrounding the British Army during the Second World War. In this first of three it concerns the position of the Light Machine Gun (aka the Bren gun) in…

A new model TA

A guest post from Phil In this article I aim to put across some of my ideas for how a new model TA might manage to bridge the risks inherent in its new role of providing even more of an even smaller regular army. It is an article to…

#Army2020 – The Global Golf Bag

A guest post from Phil This post represents some thoughts on the recent Army 2020 announcements. They are just that, thoughts on an announcement and must be taken as such since nobody, possibly even the decision makers in the Army, have…

An Alternative TA Model

A guest post from Phil... This explores a possible model for the TA of the future. It is based on the SDSR Army model of 2 light intervention groupings and 5 enduring operations groupings. Since this model is the current official one…
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