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The Future of Amphibious Forces


Critics stress the limitations of amphibious forces in modern warfare, but their adaptability and capacity for innovation may prove invaluable in this climate of financial austerity

In an era of international relations that is increasingly characterised by complexity and uncertainty, as well as a growing domestic reluctance to become ‘entangled’ abroad, the military options for political leaders in dealing with emerging crises appear to be dwindling. However, in this article Peter Roberts avers that there is one element of the British armed forces – its amphibious capability – that is relatively under-used as currently configured. If transformed into

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Professor Peter Roberts

Director, Military Sciences

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