The real strength of Think Defence however, is not the content, it is the comments, all 164 odd thousand of them. The Peshmerga, although arguably less coordinated have what I think… On the Bailey Bridge, this will be a significant piece that draws from a wide range of sources (having recently spent a small fortune on various books!). 3. Janes | The latest defence and security news from Janes - the trusted source for defence intelligence Maybe it comes down to the access to the information and many of countries/communities limit the access that would make IO successful. This is a serious subject that needs a heavyweight and long term commitment, short postings and glittery flim flam are not going to achieve anything but I think it is positive that despite being well behind the curve there is at least a recognition of a) the value and b) the current capability deficit. I honestly don’t know, they have not yet been in touch, What the bloody hell ? Let them kill each other and fragment them into marginal effectiveness. That in a nutshell is the problem, maybe it should be headed by civilian’s with the military being subordinate to the decisions made. @John Hartley There are doubts though, can the Army’s decision making arrangements be reconciled with the speed and agility of the medium, can it use the kind of, frankly unpleasant, imagery and targeted messages the Peshmerga use (for example), will the new Brigade be able to cope with a targeted counter attack, what about current UK legislation on the use of social media, language and libel (no, I am not joking), what happens when a human rights lawyer points the finger at the Army’s media operations and above all, how will this fit within our vague and generally incoherent strategy on pretty much any overseas conflict these days? Would love your thoughts, please comment. 1 talking about this. As a footnote, there seems to be an enormous amount of misinformed commentary about the Chindits connection on social media, that the Old Comrades Association was not consulted and that it had nothing to do with the Chindits but the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade. 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But if soapbox preaching trained its speakers in the techniques that could effectively gather an audience, Twitter can do the same. Will it be a new home for Cyber, if so the already existing Joint Cyber Unit, currently hosted by the RAF might make up a considerable amount of those numbers ? ( Log Out /  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I saw a joke somewhere a while ago about computer chess, it went along the lines of; My computer beat me at chess the other day, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. Back in November last year I published a short post about the establishment of the Security Assistance Group. Twitter etc. Chemring is one of the British defence organisations that do great business all over the world with a range of innovative products that no one has ever heard of. This meant two things, no defence in depth and what limited air cover could be provided over San Carlos would be extremely limited in duration. Follow THINK on Instagram to get updates on the week's most important political analysis. Business Litigation. UK propaganda will just be dismissed as “Crusader”. Hoping that Twitter Support realizes their error. 2. On Twitter, as you may know, I also kept an active presence, over 8,000 followers now, although not quite in Justin Bieber territory! Think Tank Taps Defense Dollars. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. So 120 now up to 2,000 ? Such modernity! Does this sound a bit like a big version of the RM’s 30X? Surely it is not because your have a sensible opinion about things??? Below are our favourite blogs actively posting about a wide range of matters relating to defence but is not a comprehensive listing. The message was clear, the intent obvious and the effect, chilling. The idea of conveying moderate Islam is not going to do anything about the already radicalised men. Some of the best examples of effective media operations have been by people operating in loose groupings, certainly without the overbearing command environment of a disciplined military force. will it really be a drain on fighty end resources ? Don't get me wrong, one cannot defeat a hardened enemy with… my reaction: The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. What characterises the most effective media operations is they are one component of whole, a whole that also includes engaged and deployed ground combat forces. It is a bit different than Twitter and doesn’t have anywhere near the mass, but Twitter has become an increasingly toxic place with someone always ready to spark up the outrage bus for the merest of an infraction, gets a bit boring after a while and this is the nudge I needed to actually do some writing instead of posting spicy memes on Twitter. Over a series of Tweets they showed the ISIS photographs, the same person doing the finger raised machete in the other hand pose just before cutting the head off a prisoner. Where will they recruit from, will vacant posts be back filled and the obvious question is, what units will suffer as a result of the formation of the 77th? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2015/02/gifted-artists-in-military.html, ‘this is a serious subject that needs a heavyweight and long term commitment, short postings and glittery flim flam are not going to achieve anything’. It needs to be Muslim voices, quoting from the Koran & showing a modern liberal tolerant interpretation. Navigation About Publications Articles Team Press Partners Contact Advertise Donate There was a recent book on a liberal interpretation of Islam by a Muslim scholar. Defence & Security The UK plays an active role in global military and civilian operations amidst new, asymmetric non-state threats, a protectionist, unpredictable Trump administration, and traditional state actors, challenging the rule-based international system. Frequency 2 posts / month Since Feb 2009 Blog thinkdefence.co.uk White-Collar Defense. The group's members intend to … Over a number of posts I have looked at the effectiveness of both ISIS and the Peshmerga’s online presence. The table below showed the strength at the end of last October. I think we ought to retaliate by stealing the Desert Rats. 189 likes. We will see what Twitter decide, and as a hedge, have set up Parler and Gab accounts if anyone fancies popping over. Defence blog is a source of International Defence, military and strategic news and information. I think there’s some okay stuff on my feed. I also wonder if this is wholly a role for a ‘soldier’. Explore Think Defence's 9,438 photos on Flickr! How is military information operations going to be handled by GCHQ or MI6 ? ‘Hail Mary time’ for Derek Chauvin’s defence: Legal experts. Completely agree with Sven’s take on how to deal with the radical Jihadist. Think Defence. The series continued with images of his passport and other details. How is Pete btw? Over a number of posts I have looked at the effectiveness of both ISIS and the Peshmerga's online presence. I have stupidly lost the title & author. Anyone can be a victim of crime at anytime and at any place. Ref: “but swapping combat power for a capability that can be delivered by civilian organisations (in the main) is actually a very poor use of finite resource” – Can it, and should it be delivered by civilian organizations ? What’s going on TD ? Instead of trying to evolve with the times, the Army might be better simply recognising that there are some things better done by others? Why we in the west have been unable to win the information war is beyond me. The larger issue, it seems to me, is that the idea of a “banal and superficial” medium simply doesn’t make much sense.Law & Order is banal and superficial; The Wire is not. Some partners do not ask for your consent to process your data, instead, they rely on their legitimate business interest. The important thing to note here is that SAG contained the Military Stabilisation Support Group, combined with regional pairing and a general concentration of resource on ‘upstream engagement’ the intent is to prevent conflict through the combined action of effective media and communications, assistance and mentoring, training and early intervention where necessary. Real time intelligence is possible to extract and the impact of a single image tweeted around the world cannot be underestimated. It concluded with a number of images his shattered bloody corpse. Think Self-Defense. Anyway, hope Parler is working out well for you…. Have we lost of the art of digging in and building field defences? There are even groups suggesting that a “cyber first” targetting strategy is a good thing – as in if you want to go into a city, you disable its power, telecoms, and utilities through hacking, not via the use of 2000LB LGB’s , simply because it will be easier to restore the facilities afterwards. It emphasises on the people, the issues, the events and the technologies that drive tomorrow's response. Its a blog about UK defence issues, no campaign, no pretension and no hidden agendas What works on one jihadist, may not work on another. 2020 saw a handful of long reads published and some updated, with a new theme that is faster and cleaner. In their product lineup is a system that I think has great potential, both for the Royal Navy and export, the Chemring Centurion. Think Defense, APLC, Irvine, California. For now, it is the best way to speak, and try to find, an interested public. Sure spread terror & insecurity, but also spread an alternative message. Plead with @Jack directly ? He’s still sounding miserable on his blog. Once that’s done, untangling the complex relationships between various intelligence branches of the services, special forces (especially reserve SAS), GCHQ, MI5, MI6 and the FCO will be the next challenge. 1500 minimum, less than half to be reservists – so lets say 800 regs, 700 reserves ? This is all relevant of course because of the recent news of the establishment of the 77th Brigade which will apparently replace the SAG. Also explains why i’ve been seeing some “Cyber Specialist” rank slides lately. If I was in charge of the 77th, its part of what I would do. Join 10,273 other subscribers. Whatever the truth, whatever the reality, the simple fact is it is this issue that is getting most attention which to my way of thinking is rather a poor start for an organisation that is supposedly media savvy. Good luck to this new group but I think there are still questions in the why column. I am really looking forward to both, although not sure in what order they will come out. There is an argument that the Army should stick to its knitting, yes, conflict is changing, yes, social media and information operations are vitally important, but swapping combat power for a capability that can be delivered by civilian organisations (in the main) is actually a very poor use of finite resource. If we look back to only last week with the post on the lack of British Military Bloggers. I guess the first challenge will be to get DII to allow access and get some computers that don’t run Internet Explorer 6. Mission Victory India (MVI) is an autonomous defence think tank established to foster progressive military leadership, selection, training, and recruitment reforms. Its a blog about UK defence issues, no campaign, no pretension and no hidden agendas But that wasn’t it, the real master stroke was a follow up series that showed ISIS prisoners being treated with humanity, being fed and cared for. Meanwhile, talking nonsense and having a laugh on Twitter is on hold as the powers that be have suspended my account. The Security Assistance Group pulls together the  soft effect capabilities of the Military Stabilisation Support Group, 15 Psychological Operations Group and potentially Media Operations Group. Too many bridges?? Kinsella: I think the criminal defense attorney is what the majority of people think of when they think of a lawyer, when in reality we are a very niche portion of what lawyers are. It’s addressing the unproblematic ones instead. ... RUSI members have access to the very best defence and security analysis and are introduced to a network of peers, specialists and decision-makers. How you get through it when it does happen is entirely up to you. The UK’s lack of Information Operations capability and the dead hand of the MoD’s social media engagement policy has been a recurring subject of discussion on Think Defence. Anyway, looking forward to more info on the new brigade as it becomes available. Hmmmm, very interesting especially being ex-Psyops. Blue-Collar Defense. Think Defence | Think Defence is designed to start sensible conversations about UK defence issues, no agenda or no campaign but there might be one or two posts on containers! Make yourself visible on twitter and we can continue from there! I see the ancient art of pilfering is alive and well. We and our partners process personal data such as IP Address, Unique ID, browsing data for: Use precise geolocation data | Actively scan device characteristics for identification.. Twitter is an odd platform for academics, to be sure. One of my many rants, was that HMG ought to be scouring the Muslim world for liberal writings, then redistributing those writings to the hardline trouble zones we find ourselves in. Whenever You Think Of Kickback In Defence Deal, Think Of Congress Leaders: BJP . A powerful stab at the morale at ISIS personnel and a reminder to those in the West that the Peshmerga are the ‘good guys’. the suggestion is the ability of the MoD to engage with the world of social media is hampered by deeply ingrained cultural issues. That’s like trying to influence hundreds of millions in a fight against thousands of others. This gap has lasted too long. ( Log Out /  And probably is. Our lives are impoverished without some pallets, some political baiting, astute/critical mil commentary, and other more general arsing about. ( Log Out /  Even if fully tri-service, will the majority of the 800 / 700 be Army ? This doesn’t convince me. ( Log Out /  Is still blocked, so hopefully someone gave the 77th some civvy laptops…. Next year will probably be the same, I want to update the long read back catalogue and neaten the formatting up so it works with the new template. We don’t even understand how radicalisation happens, so we won’t succeed to prevent it. 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