Crawford’s International Defence Review w/c 8th August 2022

Death of Ayman al-Zawahiri  One should never rejoice in the demise of a fellow human being but it’s difficult not to agree that Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al’Quaeda, got what was coming to him. The long-serving former second in command to Usama bin Laden met his maker when two US Hellfire missiles slammed into hisContinue reading “Crawford’s International Defence Review w/c 8th August 2022”

SAS or SS?

Last week’s BBC Panorama programme “SAS Death Squads Exposed” raised some serious questions about the exploits of Britain’s elite special forces in Afghanistan in 2010-11. Apparently some four years in the making, the programme took a measured and appropriately inquisitive look at how Britain’s best-known special forces outfit operated and how it might have transgressedContinue reading “SAS or SS?”

The Age of the Tank is Not Yet Over

Recent conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan and, more tellingly, the current war in Ukraine have brought a renewed focus on the role of the main battle tank (MBT) in modern, conventional military operations. Unfortunately, the abiding images in the public view are of heavily armed and armoured, not to say highly expensive, armouredContinue reading “The Age of the Tank is Not Yet Over”