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If the UK continues to unbalance its forces to better fight today’s wars, it risks losing the wars of the future. But if it does not do so, it will probably lose today’s. Which is the greater priority?
Over the last twelve months, media coverage of the debate over the state of the armed forces has brought the term ‘Military Covenant’ into the public consciousness. But the term itself is unclear.
Revisiting British Army Drug Testing, 2003-07: Test Thresholds, Efficient Targeting, and Underlying TrendsRUSI Journal, June 2008
Sheila M Bird
Sheila Bird et al return to the topic of drugs testing in the British Army.
The decision to go to war in Iraq sparked a debate about the powers of the Government to commit troops abroad. Jonathan Eyal explores this debate.
Constitutional reform concerning war powers is nothing new: it has been a source of contention for hundreds of years. This article analyses the current debate.
A response to the article by Lord Salisbury and Gwyn Prins from the February 2008 RUSI Journal.
The rebuilding of Afghanistan's indigenous security forces presents the most challenging circumstances for Security Sector Reform.
The chairman of the Commons Defence Committee reflects on the future of NATO and the recent Bucharest summit as it approaches its sixtieth anniversary.
The example of Musa Qaleh, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, provides a vivid illustration of a new, progressive approach taken by British forces.
The development of a military intervention capability specifically owned by the United Nations has been a significant issue from the early days of the organisation. But what are the technical considerations?
What lessons can be derived from UN peacekeeping experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Here, an experienced commander of UN troops offers his perspective.
Seldom have insurgents - or in this case, former insurgents - given an account on waging and countering insurgency. This article offers a Rwandan case-study of what is needed to fight an insurgency, and ultimately defeat it.
Zimbabwe’s post-2000 crisis continues to attract global interest and concern. This article examines the ‘war of ideas’ within Zimbabwe, between Zimbabwe and South Africa and within the region.
While there is scientific consensus that the Earth has warmed in recent decades, there is still a degree of uncertainty as to the effects. This article considers the challenges posed by this imperfect information.
Climate change will increase stress on political and social systems around the world, potentially creating situations of widespread instability. But appropriate preparation can address the risks.
Peter W Singer
The threats the US faces come not from peer competitors, but from foes that seek out weakness on other planes of battle.
Used carefully, military history is an invaluable tool for decision-makers, whether military or civilian, at every level from grand strategy down to tactics.
Although the first mention of staff rides in an official RAF document occurs extremely early on in the history of the service, very little use was made of what was predominantly seen as an Army training tool.
Book Reviews by Christopher Coker, Malcolm Chalmers, Gary Sheffield and Alexander Alderson.