BFBS Radio Sitrep
Sitrep is a unique current affairs radio programme produced by the British Forces News team with expert analysis of Defence and Foreign Affairs as our agenda. Presented by Kate Gerbeau and featuring our Forces News Defence Analyst Christopher Lee, Sitrep is the only place on radio where you'll find a comprehensive look back at the week's most significant events in Defence.

 

Trump’s speech to the UN – why it’s a game-changer…

Is the Ministry of Defence considering reducing the size of the Royal Marines?

Three years of Op Shader, Sitrep goes behind the scenes at Al Udeid?

British Forces are suffering from a recruitment crisis – so should we bring back national service?

Guests:

Former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

TOPICS

TRUMP/UN

Former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

HURRICANE MARIA

Forces News reporter Rebecca Ricks on board RFA Mount Bay.

ROYAL MARINES - CUTS

Major General Julian Thompson, former RM commander, Deborah Haynes the Defence Editor at The Times and former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

AL UDEID /OP SHADER

Forces News reporter  Simon Newton goes behind the scenes.

CONSCRIPTION

Elisabeth Braw, a non-resident Senior fellow at the Atlantic Council & former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

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Russia’ playing war-games in the East to fight the West, but what’s the reason for the Exercises?

 

British troops arrive in the Caribbean for Op Ruman.

 

And…..improvements inside the warrior armoured vehicle and more from the world's biggest military fair.

 

Guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

TOPICS

 

EX ZAPAD

General Sir Richard Shireff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the writer on Russian affairs Mary Dejevsky and our defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

HURRICANE

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

DEFENCE EXHIBITION - DESI

BFBS reporter Grace Pascoe interview with the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

 

WARRIOR- DESI

BFBS presenter Richard Hutchinson's had a tour from Lockheed Martin's Phillipa Tredgett, a human factors design engineer.

 

SECURE MESSAGING APP

BFBS presenter Mike Howarth spoke to David Holman, Company Director of Armour Comms who made the app.

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2 and at 6:30pm UK TIME on BFBS & UK Bases

 

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via web & App in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum) On Sky Channel 0211.

Alternatively listen again on the website, or download the Sitrep Podcast.

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 North Korea – the threat continues but what can the international community do, and more importantly – what should China do?

 

Shipbuilding gains pace so but who’s going to man the ships?

 

And…..have you ever wondered how GCHQ started?  The Sitrep spies have been to investigate……….

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North Korea - Has Kim Jong Un....crossed the line?

 

A former Chief of the Defence Staff, tells us why we need to keep in with the US post-Brexit.

 

More troops for Afghanistan...should the UK answer Donald Trump's call for help?

 

Plus, what is the definition of war? Have the goalposts been shifted?

 

And remembering Princess Diana, and one of her legacies - to rid the world of landmines.

 

 

TOPICS

 

Guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

NORTH KOREA

From the Times, Michael Evans, & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

WHAT IS WAR?

Michael Evans, & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

BREXIT

LORD RICHARDS, Chief of the Defence Staff

 

LIBYA

former Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles.

 

PRINCESS DIANA LEGACY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

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On this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau, we have a special look at Afghanistan following Donald Trump’s speech on his new strategy for the war.

We look at what it means for Afghanistan, America and the UK plus we discuss whether putting more boots on the ground will make a significant difference.

We speak to Emily Winterbotham (RUSI), Michael Kugelman (Woodrow Wilson Center), Emily Knowles (Oxford Research Group) and Paul Rogers (University of Bradford).

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In today’s Sitrep with Tim Cooper

There’s mounting tensions over North Korea as President Trump threatens fire and fury whilst the UN urges caution & diplomacy.

Find out how the Army is hoping to keep the Anglo-German deployment going post 2019.

Plus:  why the Imperial War Museum has upset its members

And Portsmouth gets ready to welcome the Navy’s biggest ever carrier.

TOPICS

Guests:

Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

North Korea

Former British Ambassador to Pyongyang, David Slinn, Dr Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Commander Field Army in Minden

Lt General Patrick Saunders talking to Aimee Dewitt about post 2019.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Interview with the leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones ahead of the Carrier’s arrival.

The Imperial War Museum

Mark Smith, the Antiques Roadshow's militaria expert, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

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The Head of the Army explains why we need to keep hold of Sennelager after drawdown in Germany.

 

Will US plans to use diplomacy decrease the tensions in North Korea?

 

Do Generals who take time out to study for a PhD make better military commanders?

 

And, as the Duke of Edinburgh retires from royal duties, Sitrep looks at the importance to the military of having a royal colonel.

 

TOPICS

 

Guests:

BFBS  Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

HEAD OF THE ARMY INTERVIEW

Rob Olver interviews General Nick Carter.

 

NATO RISK REDUCTION

Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

PHD GENERALS

Elisabeth Braw, senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

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President trump has tweeted that he doesn’t want transgender personnel in the us military, today the Sitrep programme speaks to Caroline Paige, who was the first openly transgender officer in the British Forces.

Also in the programme: what the RAF are doing in Romania on Op Biloxi, an update on Sandhurst in the Sand and the Afghan Air Force take to the skies.

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2 and at 6:30pm UK TIME on BFBS & UK Bases

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via web & App in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum) On Sky Channel 0211.

Alternatively listen again on the website, or download the Sitrep Podcast.

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Can Europe cope with the influx of refugees?

Could the UN broker a peace deal in Syria?

What went wrong with the F35s?

Why did the head of France’s armed forces quit his job?

Plus: Make Your Bed - a US Admiral's top tip for a lifetime of success.

TOPICS

REFUGEES

Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

SYRIA

Hamish de Bretton Gordon who is a former Army Officer now advising NGOs in Syria

FRENCH MILITARY

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

 MAKE YOUR BED (Book review with author William H. McRaven, a former US Admiral )

Navy & HMS Glasgow

Professor Paul Rogers who is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2 and at 6:30pm UK TIME on BFBS & UK Bases

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via web & App in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum) On Sky Channel 0211.

Alternatively listen again on the website, or download the Sitrep Podcast.

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