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

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Complacency & Remembering Military Legacies

“That remembrance is an important counterpoint to the complacency that set in after the end of the cold war. “The people I know have forgotten to be afraid of the arms race,” says O’Brian. It is vital to remember other kinds of military legacies, too, as David Havlick’s book, Bombs Away, powerfully demonstrates. Havlick, a… Read More

First Female Soldier to Successfully Complete the US Army’s Special Forces Assessment & Selection (SFAS) Course

A female soldier has made history by successfully completing the United States (US) Army’s Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course (Folley, 2018). Although several women have attempted to complete the US Army’s Special Forces (aka Green Beret’s) selection process since January 2016, this female soldier is the first to graduate from SFAS. The female… Read More

A Snapshot of the Makeup of the British Army (01 July 2007)

Research Paper Title “A Moment in Time”. The British Army at a Moment in Time: A Look at and From It of the Makeup of the Regular and Territorial Army. Abstract Entitled a “Moment In Time” this document looks at the British Army and the various related military and civil organisations as from 1st July 2007.… Read More

Discussing Physical Culture in the Evolution of the British Army, 1860-1920

Research Paper Title “The army isn’t all work”: Physical culture in the evolution of the British army, 1860-1920. Abstract Between the Crimean War and the end of WWI the British Army underwent a dramatic change from being an anachronistic and frequently ineffective organisation to being perhaps the most professional and highly trained army in the world. British… Read More

The FIFA Football World Cup & the Military (2)

Austria did not take part in the 1938 football World Cup. They had just been annexed by Germany (as part of the anchluss and build-up to the Second World War) and so the country no longer existed. However, the best Austrian players did take part, the Germans having pinched them all for their own team.… Read More