What Impact will Brexit have on the UKHO?

What is the UKHO? The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is the UK’s agency for providing hydrographic and marine geospatial data to mariners and maritime organisations across the world. The UKHO is a trading fund of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and is located in Taunton, Somerset with a workforce of approximately 900 staff. Research… Read More

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Potential Pistols to Replace the UK’s Browning Pistol?

The Browning Hi-power 9mm pistol is one of several pistols that have been used by the UK armed forces. A number of pistols have been trialled as potential replacements for the Browning pistol, including: Beretta PX4; FN Herstal P9; Glock 17 (Gen 4); Heckler and Koch P30; Sig Sauer P226; Smith & Wesson M&P9; and… Read More

What is the Number of UK Military Working Dogs that have Died during Operations?

Number of Military Working Dogs On 01 October 2018, there were 833 military working dogs in service with the British Armed Forces. Number of Military Working Dogs that have Died Between 2013 and 2018, four military working dogs have died on operations: Three died in 2013: Two were killed in action; and One died of… Read More

What are the Staff Roles at MCTC?

In July 2018, the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC), the British Army’s detention centre, had approximately 160 civilian and military staff, including: 120 Army personnel; 10 Naval Service (Royal Navy and Royal Marines) personnel; 10 Royal Air Force personnel; and 20 Civil Servants. These staff were employed in a variety of roles, as outlined below:… Read More

Computer Chips & Military Strength…

“One of the earliest uses for the chips coming out of Silicon Valley, which owes its existence to the patronage of the Pentagon as much as it does to venture capitalists, was in guidance systems for nuclear missiles. A White House report published in 2017 does not mince its words: “Cutting-edge semiconductor technology is…critical to… Read More

Nuclear: 200,000 Bombs & 30 Countries…

“But then I would remember what Weinmann-Smith told me: there is at least enough nuclear material in the world to make 200,000 bombs, and the International Atomic Energy Agency speculates that 30 countries have the capability to do so.” (Whyte, 2018, p.13). Reference Whyte, C. (2018) Huntig Potential Nuclear Bombs. New Scientist. 04 August 2018,… Read More

How Much Does the British Army Spend on Adventurous Training?

Between 2008 and 2017, the British Army spent approximately £106.2 million on adventurous training (AT), split by year as follows: 2008: £7.9m. 2009: £8.1m. 2010: £8.1m. 2011: £8.4m. 2012: £8.7m. 2013: £10.0m. 2014: £12.3m. 2015: £13.1m. 2016: £14.9m. 2017: £14.7m. Caveats: Training Courses at Army Delivery Centres and Army Delivery Wings are open to the… Read More