Displaying Leadership…

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the… Read More

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Killer Robots! Germany Crosses a Threshold

Until the 13 June 2018, Germany was the only big Western country not to buy “killer robots”. On this day the German Bundestag committee voted to approve the spending of nearly €1bn ($1.1bn) to lease from Israel five drones which can be equipped with deadly weapons. Unlike the US, Germany’s drones are described as weaponisable not weaponised. A… Read More

Military Executives: Linking Internal & Orthopaedic Conditions with Physical Fitness

Research Paper Title An evaluation of the significance of individual endogenous risk factors and medical and orthopaedic conditions on physical fitness in military executives. Background As part of occupational health promotion in the Bundeswehr (military services of the Federal Republic of Germany), top-ranking executives were offered a medical examination and training programme. The participants were… Read More

Fools & Experience…

“Fools say they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others’ experience.” Bismark (1815-1898) Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg known as Otto von Bismarck was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890 and was the first Chancellor of the German Empire between… Read More

Methadone and the Vietnam War

“First synthesised in Germany and introduced after the second world war to treat pain, methadone was widely used in America after the Vietnam war, to treat soldiers who returned home addicted to heroin.” (The Economist, 2017, p.24). Reference The Economist (2017) Not Treating Addiction: What Would Hippocrates Do? The Economist. 15 July, 2017.

PTSD: German Soldiers & Guilt, Shame & Compassionate Imagery in War

Research Paper Title Guilt, Shame and Compassionate Imagery in War: Traumatized German Soldiers with PTSD, a Pilot Study. Background The consideration of specific trauma-associated emotions poses a challenge for the differential treatment planning in trauma therapy. Soldiers experiencing deployment-related posttraumatic stress disorder often struggle with emotions of guilt and shame as a central component of… Read More

New Conditions & Modifying the Principles of War

“No new weapons can be introduced without changing conditions, and every change in condition will demand a modification in the application ofthe principles of war.” Major General John Frederick Charles ‘Boney’ Fuller, CB, CBE, DSO (1878 to 1966) was a senior British Army officer, military historian, and strategist. Notable as an early theorist of modern… Read More