Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas and a happy SDSR 2020

As it's Christmas I thought I'd give you an early present; an actual blog post. Which is basically the blogging equivalent of that shit jumper that Grandma bought you. We've reached the end of the decade (!!) and there's an SDSR on the horizon, so in the spirit of solidarity with the UK Labour party, let's have a period of reflection.

Friday, 19 July 2019

It was a noble effort, to try and put out three posts in three days, but alas time was against me. Still, this is a good example of what I was talking about; when you set yourself targets which are perhaps a bit ambitious, even if you come up short you can still achieve something useful. So two posts, my first in a while, and hopefully this will kick start a bit more action for the second half of 2019. We'll see.

For those that might be wondering the third post was going to be looking a little more closely at an issue I bring up intermittently, that of the rationale for the UK having land based surface to air and anti-shipping weapons. That will still come next, it'll just have to wait a bit.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Robots, Drones and Autonomous vehicles

Day 2 of my quite undemanding challenge of three posts in three days. And today we're talking drones and robot s. To start, check out this video by Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance:

While the design is interesting, especially the jinking ability (check out those wheel treads) what's really important here are a few over arching principles.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

A year and a day into Project Tempest

This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. And what an ambitious goal that must have seemed back then! I like ambitious goals. They inspire us to push ourselves and explore our limits, and even if we fall short of our lofty goals we can still achieve a lot along the way. Just look at what NASA achieved with a collection of brilliant brains and determined minds set to one task. It truly was a remarkable achievement.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Politics with a "C": Boris Johnson vs Iain Dale, and why it matters a great deal.

Let's not get bogged down in the details of what happened between Boris Johnson and his partner, not least because nobody but them knows what happened. And let's not recount blow by blow what happened on Saturday when Iain Dale questioned Boris about this incident, as I'm sure you've read all about it multiple times. Let's instead cut to the heart of the matter; how Boris responded and why it matters.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

How to have your Strike and eat it too

Sometimes the solution to a problem is so obvious it's painful. Afterwards you're left with that mixed reaction; elation from having solved the problem (you think) combined with a sense of frustration and a feeling of immense stupidity that you didn't think of the solution earlier. That's the space I'm occupying right now as I sit and type, coupled with the sense of wonderment that someone at Google thought it would be a good idea to reset the default text size for editing to something so ridiculously small.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Cambodia, Tanks & the Resurrection (Admittedly, not a headline I ever thought I'd write)

The big defence story at the moment is the revelation that Britain will soon find itself with less tanks than Cambodia. As expected, the defence community rallied around to counter argue that possession of equipment is not the same as possession of a capability. Which is absolutely true. But it also kind of misses the point.