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This week, UK Armed Forces formally ended combat operations in Helmand. British troops return from Afghanistan not with a victory, but a score draw away from home; a job well done in unpropitious circumstances.
Britain is set to deploy 600 additional military personnel to Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola virus. Yet the military is only half of what is needed to tackle this global threat.
While official footage of air strikes against ISIS targets provide good optics, they are not a reliable in measuring the success of the broader military strategy against the group.