Category: Military

Warfighting and Torture

Warfighting and Torture

Torture is not permitted in full-on war by the Geneva Conventions. In asymmetric warfare, resorting to torture indicates a government unable to cope with terrorism without breaking its own laws, and abandoning the values it’s trying to preserve in its counter-terrorist campaign. In countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, already well-used to brutality, this is a slippery slope down which we shouldn’t even be looking. (This is a brief summary. Please click the link to read the full article)

The Limitations of Interrogation

The Limitations of Interrogation

The use of brutality and torture in interrogation by democracies in the face of terrorism is contentious, divisive and dangerous. Terrorists seek to undermine the people’s belief in the states’ ability to govern, so if democracies can be forced into using totalitarian measures, terrorists have succeeded in their aim.

UK Carriers’ Shipbuilder Denounces Project as “Loony Tunes Disaster”

UK Carriers’ Shipbuilder Denounces Project as “Loony Tunes Disaster”

The deputy chairman of Babcock, builders of the RN’s two aircraft carriers, says Britain is paying twice as much as it should for the F35 aircraft, to get half the capability. He says this is because of BAE Systems being the prime contractor on the carrier project whilst also being Lockheed’s partner in making the F35 aircraft. Lord Hesketh says this is a disaster that will make Britain a laughing stock.

“Situating the appreciation” of UK’s new National Security Strategy

“Situating the appreciation” of UK’s new National Security Strategy

The UK’s NSS seeks to justify money-saving defence cuts. Britain remains in great need of a comprehensive evaluation of its defence needs, which will take a long time and be unlikely to produce monetary savings.

India doesn’t want our Harrier jets – is this a surprise?

India doesn’t want our Harrier jets – is this a surprise?

In Defence, “Saving” Money is often “Wasting” Money. India’s refusal to buy UK’s Harriers reveals more of the illogicality, danger and waste of the SDSR.

Brown’s Selfish Pleading for Rosyth Jobs

Brown’s Selfish Pleading for Rosyth Jobs

Brown’s choice of speech subject reveals the personal motivation of his decision-making whilst PM, but also the damaging politicisation of defence procurement decisions.

BBC World Service’ Contribution to UK Security

BBC World Service’ Contribution to UK Security

The BBC World Service was part of the UK’s projection of military ‘soft power’, and curtailment of its funding will greatly weaken the UK’s ability to mitigate conflict in many parts of the world.

You Can’t have Aircraft Carriers without a proper Navy

You Can’t have Aircraft Carriers without a proper Navy

Aircraft carriers require a mix of aircraft and other ships to protect them. How can the UK actually use its carrier? And what is the future for the UK’s amphibious capability?

The Internet is Dangerous for New Writers

The Internet is Dangerous for New Writers

New writers desperate to be published are easily diverted by social media and fee-charging editors and ‘publishers’, when they should be working hard in artistic isolation, learning about themselves and their craft.