Preparing For Battle

small arms training systems
Alongside their reliance on ever-improving technology, individual soldiers need to be trained in an environment where the vast majority of the fighting takes place in built up areas with actions often occurring at squad, or even individual levels. As Frédéric Chamaud and Colonel Pierre Santoni...

It’s Cold Outside

Arctic warfare capabilities
As attention continues to focus on current special forces operations in the Middle East to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the international special operations community is being forced to prepare for contingency operations across a much wider spread of environments. According...

Fighting In The Canyons

The key characteristic of MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) is that urban terrain, in all its complexities, has altered the balance of power as victory no longer necessarily belongs to the belligerent with the most deadly and technologically-advanced capabilities. According to Colonel Pierre Santoni,...

UAV Insect Repellent

The Black Hornet
With technology getting ever smaller while needs increase are two phenomenon that are found in almost all walks of life. This trend is particularly apparent in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) domain. The definition of a micro UAV remains moveable. In comparison to the larger...

Cities in Conflict

MOUT scenarios
One could argue that the strategic importance of cities in a conflict is not a new concept. Historically, cities were used for protection by the population that lived within their walls, while fighting took place outside the city walls, or on its ramparts. Once...

Vehicles For Change

Current counter-insurgency operations are occurring in vast theatres in North Africa and the Middle East, often in semi-arid and desert conditions. This is spurring requirements for reliable vehicles which can be used by special forces to rapidly and safely cover such distances. Since August 2014,...

Catch-22

A quiet revolution is occurring in naval communications. The stalwart Link-11 Tactical Data Link (TDL) is being replaced by Link-22. How does this new communications architecture work, and what might it offer to naval operations? The title of Joseph Heller’s seminal novel published in 1953...

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

The military vehicle maintenance market is in a state of transition: The model that came into play over a decade of US-led combat operations in the Middle East was focused on keeping vehicle fleets that were often acquired under Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) programmes...

What Lies Beneath?

Ship categories are changing: As navies are required to respond to an ever-increasing spectrum of traditional and non-traditional threats, the lines of classification between corvettes, frigates and destroyers are growing increasingly blurred. Writing in his 2011 paper Ecological security: a Framework for Analysing Non-Traditional Security...

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Parachutes have been providing soft landings for people who have needed to leave airborne aircraft, either in an emergency or by design, for more than a century, enabling escape from damaged aircraft and the delivery of troops behind enemy lines during airborne assaults or...

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