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Audio Broadcasts recorded within the Defence Academy. The views expressed in the recordings available on this site are entirely and solely those of the author/speaker and do not necessarily reflect official thinking or policy either of Her Majesty's Government or of the Ministry of Defence.
A War of Choice: Lessons from Britain’s War in Iraq 2003-2009
 
Let the Locals Lead in Security Sector Reform - MP3 Audio
Dr Laurie Nathan explains the advantages of letting locals take the lead when trying to introduce Security Sector Reform. He gives many successful examples to support his arguements, and examples of failed attempts when locals have not been involved. Duration 36 minutes.
Christianity: Boring, untrue or irrelevant - MP3 Audio
Major General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE maintains that any military organisation that intends to be a ‘Force for Good’ has to have good ethical and moral standards embedded within the culture of its society, and these are particularly important for its leadership, who must include the spiritual component in decision making. He explains how his spiritual beliefs have guided him in his decision making throughout his career. Duration 33 minutes.
Naval Operations in the First World War: the need for a reconsideration of the Royal Australian Navy - MP3 Audio
Rear Admiral Goldrick of the Royal Australian Navy believes that the history of the British Navy in WW1 urgently needs re-examination, and points to the similarities between the globalised world of 1914 and 2010, the importance of understanding how maritime power should be applied, and the parallels in managing technological changes and emergent threats. Duration 26 minutes.
Security as a Basis for a Palestinian Settlement - Flash Video
John Deverell looks at the history of the Holy Land, leading to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the tensions this created, and the implications of the occupation of the West Bank. He also outlines the various attempts to find peace. Duration 40 minutes.
Security as a Basis for a Palestinian Settlement - MP3 Audio
John Deverell looks at the history of the Holy Land, leading to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the tensions this created, and the implications of the occupation of the West Bank. He also outlines the various attempts to find peace. Duration 40 minutes.
‘Death or Victory’: Wolfe and the Capture of Quebec - MP3 Audio
Dan Snow gives a detailed account of the seven year campaign and the Battle of Quebec in 1759. He stresses the important role played by the British Navy in charting the St Lawrence River and organising the amphibious landing. Duration 39 minutes.
Life as a 19th Century Sailor - Flash Video
Dr Virginia Preston presents the findings from her recent research into life in the Royal Navy and the merchant navy during the 19th Century. She concentrates on the ordinary sailor rather than the officers. Duration 45 minutes.
Life as a 19th Century Sailor - MP3 Audio
Dr Virginia Preston presents the findings from her recent research into life in the Royal Navy and the merchant navy during the 19th Century. She concentrates on the ordinary sailor rather than the officers. Duration 45 minutes.
Oil and the Soul of Africa: a 21st Century Scramble? - MP3 Audio
Professor Femi Oyebody discusses the affects that oil have had on Africa, and particularly Nigeria. He first gives the historical background, starting with the slave trade, and the way Africa was split into artificial regions by external powerful countries. Duration 37 minutes.
The Fenzian Treatment System
Dr James Colthurst outlines the Fenzian Treatment system, a remarkable non-invasive medical tool for wound healing, skeletal muscle problems and asthma sufferers. He gives various statistics and includes several medical case studies, and focuses on the benefits and suitability for the MOD. Duration 26 minutes.
The Changing Role of the Local Population in Irregular Warfare - MP3 Audio
Dr. Thomas Rid looked at the difference in behaviour between insurgents and extreme terrorists, and their differing goals and aspirations. He considers the role played by the local civilian population as to how irregular warfare is waged and how it affects the way we should deal with the problem. Duration 24 minutes.
Logistics in the American Civil War - Flash Video
Professor David Kirkpatrick looks at the American Civil War from a logistics point of view. He shows the advantage the North had both in manpower and steel production. He considers the problems associated with transporting troops and supplies over long distances, often over poor terrain, using different modes of transport with various interfaces. He particularly focuses on the inadequacies of the railroad in the South. Duration 46 minutes.
Logistics in the American Civil War - MP3 Audio
Professor David Kirkpatrick looks at the American Civil War from a logistics point of view. He shows the advantage the North had both in manpower and steel production. He considers the problems associated with transporting troops and supplies over long distances, often over poor terrain, using different modes of transport with various interfaces. He particularly focuses on the inadequacies of the railroad in the South. Duration 46 minutes.
Sex and War: A Darwinian Perspective - MP3 Audio
Dr Malcolm Potts, University of California, Berkeley, presents his hypotheses that: •Team aggression and same species killing are evolved behaviors •Same species killing benefited males but not females •Homo sapiens is an usually violent species •The predisposition for in-troop and out-troop aggression is age related •Everything that enhances the autonomy of women and enables them to choose if and when to have a child will help counter violence. Duration 31 minutes.
The UK’s Defence Industrial Strategy - Flash Video
Professor David Kirkpatrick discusses the evolution of MoD policy, the features of the current global defence market, and alternative strategies for defence acquisition. He considers promoting a MoD-Industry rapprochement and through-life capability management. Duration 44 minutes.
The UK’s Defence Industrial Strategy - MP3 Audio
Professor David Kirkpatrick discusses the evolution of MoD policy, the features of the current global defence market, and alternative strategies for defence acquisition. He considers promoting a MoD-Industry rapprochement and through-life capability management. Duration 44 minutes.
Trends in the Costs of Weapon Systems, and the Consequences - MP3 Audio
Professor David Kirkpatrick looks at the demand for effective weapon systems, and the observed time trend in unit production costs. He considers the consequences of these trends and what options are available to nations of various sizes. Duration 43 minutes.
Trends in the Costs of Weapon Systems, and the Consequences - Flash Video
Professor David Kirkpatrick looks at the demand for effective weapon systems, and the observed time trend in unit production costs. He considers the consequences of these trends and what options are available to nations of various sizes. Duration 43 minutes.
Between Superordinate and Subordinate: Two Types of Responsibility - MP3 Audio
Professor Asa Kasher, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor Emeritus of Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice, Tel-Aviv University and author of the code of ethics for the IDF A 30 minute presentation sponsored by ICAP as part of the Second Defence Ethics Conference, held in the Nelson lecture theatre, at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham on the 11th December 2008. Duration 30 minutes.