Fortnite, VR & The British Army

British troops are tapping into a video game world to improve their sharp-end skills as they continue to trial a simulation based on a popular first-person shooter. The new virtual reality kit – which has the same roots as multiplayersensation Fortnite – allows 30 soldiers at a time to immerse themselves in a digital environment.… Read More

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Taking Care…

“Readiness is the best way of truly taking care of soldiers.” Richard A. Kidd (1943 to Present) Richard A. Kidd is a retired United States Army soldier (1962 to 1995) who served as the ninth Sergeant Major of the Army. He was sworn in on 02 July 1991 and served until his term expired in… Read More

Lion vs Sheep…

“I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.” Alexander the Great (356 BCE to 323 BCE) Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III or Alexander of Macedonia, king of Macedonia (336-323 BCE), who… Read More

The Strands of War…

“The Strands of War are four in number, … I. The quality and capability of the commander. II. The quality and capability of the troops. III. Morale. IV. Resources.” Lieutenant Colonel A.H. Burne, DSO, RA (Retired), The Art of War on Land (1944) Alfred Higgins Burne D.S.O., C.I.E., O.B.E., F.S.A. (1886-1959) was a British Army… Read More

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

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

A Defence Medical Services Perspective on Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA)

Research Paper Title Military Aid to the Civil Authorities: a Defence Medical Services perspective. Abstract This paper describes the policy and principles for the provision of Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA). It emphasises the importance of following the proscribed process in order to avoid possible political, legal, reputational and financial pitfalls. It outlines… Read More