What was the 1957 Defence White Paper?

Introduction The 1957 White Paper on Defence (Cmnd. 124) was a British white paper issued in March 1957 setting forth the perceived future of the British military. It had profound effects on all aspects of the defence industry but probably the most affected was the British aircraft industry. Duncan Sandys, the recently appointed Minister of… Read More

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What was the Esher Report (1904)?

Introduction The Esher Report of 1904, chaired by Lord Esher, recommended radical reform of the British Army, such as the creation of an Army Council, General Staff and Chief of the General Staff and the abolition of the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. The change to the character of the Army has endured. Background The Second… Read More

Royal Navy to Review People Functions

An historic review of the way Royal Navy’s people functions is under way. This will modernise processes, ensure that the needs of Royal Navy personnel and their families are met and that the lived experience of everyone serving in the Royal Navy is the best it can be: from the day they look to join,… Read More

British Army Restructure Planned

Sweeping changes to the structure and capabilities of the Armed Forces – the most significant since the end of the Cold War – have been announced by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. The integrated review of foreign and defence policy will see £23 billion spent on making the Army more cutting-edge and lethal. It will result… Read More

The Stigma of Weakness

The head of the Army’s mental health engagement team has called on the chain of command to better recognise that “vulnerability is not a failure”. Colonel Tim Boughton said more should be done to tackle the stigma that admitting to difficulties is to show weakness. Arguing that physical fitness is indivisible from mental fitness, the… Read More

What is Initiative Fatigue?

Initiative fatigue occurs when leaders jump too quickly from one improvement fad to another. This is because embarking on a new project is often more exciting than staying the course. However, this does not necessarily deliver the best long-term results. It is, generally, easier to start something, whether it is weight loss, going to the… Read More

New Role for 42 Commando

42 Commando now operates as a specialised Maritime Operations unit. Consequently, the organisation of 42 Commando is now different to that of 40 and 45 Commandos. Although the naming of the companies remains unchanged (J Company, K Company, L Company, M Company, including Command and Logistics Elements), 42 Commando is now focussed on small team activity,… Read More