Crawford’s International Defence Review w/e 7th August 2022

Kosovo – Serbia Increased Tensions There were increased tensions on the Serbia – Kosovo border this week when the Kosovan government attempted again to order the 50,000 Serbians living there to switch from using Serbian car number plates to Kosovan ones along with other documentation. This led to an immediate reaction from the ethnic Serbians,Continue reading “Crawford’s International Defence Review w/e 7th August 2022”

Beards in the British Army

A recurring theme on British army social media channels is the debate about whether soldiers should be allowed to grow beards. The Royal Navy has long allowed beards, and recently the Royal Air Force changed its regulations to allow the growing of a “smart, neatly trimmed, full set beard, subject to approval from their commandingContinue reading “Beards in the British Army”

The Ajax Scandal

I have written before about the awful, slow-motion car crash that is the UK Ministry of Defence’s equipment procurement processes and practices[1]. However I am prompted to return to the topic in the light of the recent publication by the UK’s House of Commons Defence Committee’s response to the Governments Integrated Defence and Security reviewContinue reading “The Ajax Scandal”

Kosovo – Serbia Increased Tensions

There were increased tensions on the Serbia – Kosovo border this week when the Kosovan government attempted again to order the 50,000 Serbians living there to switch from using Serbian car number plates to Kosovan ones along with other documentation. This led to an immediate reaction from the ethnic Serbians, with road blocks set upContinue reading “Kosovo – Serbia Increased Tensions”

Quality or Quantity? The Tank Conundrum

f the Ukraine war has taught us anything about high-tempo conventional warfare between peer adversaries, it is that numbers matter. That Russia has been able to continue its assault despite significant losses in men and materiel speaks to the value of having a large inventory, particularly of replacement armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). This article isContinue reading “Quality or Quantity? The Tank Conundrum”