What is the Defence Accident Investigation Branch?

The Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB) conducts impartial and expert no-blame safety investigations across Defence to ensure that causal factors are identified and understood as quickly as possible, and recommendations made to prevent recurrence and enhance safety, whilst preserving Operational capability. Advertisements Advertisements

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What is the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)?

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), headquartered at Porton Down in Salisbury, provides solutions to the problems of UK defence and security by delivering high-impact science and technology. DSTL is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), operated along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to science and technology in the… Read More

Defensive Wars: Decisive Blows vs Small Misfortunes…

“A defensive war is apt to betray us into too frequent detachment. Those generals who have had but little experience attempt to protect every point, while those who are better acquainted with their profession, having only capital object in view, guard against a decisive blow, and acquiesce in small misfortunes to avoid greater.” Frederick the… Read More

Brazil’s Armed Forces: National Defence vs Law Enforcement Duties

“Without external threats to repel, the world’s 15th-biggest standing army is turning into a de facto police force Few places illustrate the modern role of the Brazilian army better than Tabatinga, a city of 62,000 on the shared border point between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The frontier, protected by Amazon rainforest, has not budged since the Portuguese built a now-ruined fort… Read More

History & Government: Defence as a Public Good

“War is hell; the less of it the better. Yet it has also been a near constant feature of human history, and a constant stimulus to political evolution. Defence is a textbook example of a public good. Security benefits all residents of a country, and cannot be denied to citizens who prefer not to pay for it. There is… Read More

New Zealand Signals Intelligence in Historical Context since 1945

Research Paper Title “Total Intelligence”: New Zealand Signals Intelligence in Historical Context since 1945. Abstract This dissertation aims to provide an historical analysis of the UK-USA Agreement and an assessment of its significance for New Zealand’s security and defence. An alliance based on the exchange and cooperation of signals intelligence, the UK-USA Agreement has established… Read More