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The Military Sciences research group examines the utility of military power through the lenses of theory, policy and practice – from strategic concepts to technical platforms.

This research group seeks to explore the ever-changing dynamics of conflict by applying research with practical experience and contextual awareness. The group analyses how states might adapt their security postures, force capabilities and structures, operational design, policy and strategy in order to achieve desired outcomes.

Research is informed by historical analysis, operational experience, wider conceptual understanding and analysis of technological change in order to provide political, military and industrial leaders with advice that can effectively shape their approaches to security challenges and dilemmas.

Current research priorities include:

  • Strategic trends
  • Future operating environment
  • The evolution of the three services
  • Military in the information age
  • Operations
  • Alliances and partnerships

More generally, the team examines issues relating to the five domains of modern warfare: land, sea, air, space and cyber. Our staff engage with military stakeholders from the junior officer level up to senior leadership in the UK and overseas.

The Military Sciences team also collaborates closely on cross-domain projects with the other research teams at RUSI, and with external partners such as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and academia. 


Dr Peter Roberts
Director Military Sciences, RUSI

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