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.

This week it’s a Sitrep special looking back at the year of defence & current affairs in 2011.

 

How much progress been made in Afghanistan?

 

The extraordinary story of the Arab Spring…..will history judge it a success or failure?

 

What impact has the SDSR had now its findings are being implemented?

 

And we look at the challenges that lie ahead for 2012 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: 

 

BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Michael Codner, director of military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute

 

BFBS's reporter Geoff Meade

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You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio 1 at 1830 (UK time).

 

Alternatively listen again on the website.

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The US and NATO ends their mission in Iraq – but have they achieved what they set out to do?

 

The Defence Committee raise concern about the long-term care of injured service personnel

 

What are the implications for European defence initiatives given the current financial climate?

 

And….. find out why the Jolly Roger is flying high at Portsmouth

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

Sir Jeremy Greenstock:  former representative to Iraq

 

James Arbuthnot, Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee on treatment of injured Service personnel.

 

Tomas Valasek from the Centre for European reform on the Eurozone crisis

 

Victoria Ingles from the Royal Naval museum at Portsmouth on the Jolly Roger.

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There’s criticism of our policy in Afghanistan but is it really all tactics without strategy?

 

And who and what are behind the latest attacks this week?

 

Find out why they’re demonstrating in Moscow

 

Why mass immigration is a danger to us all

 

Plus, what’s the attraction of describing war?  We find out from one RAF Sgt.

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles:  former ambassador of the UK to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 

Alexander Nekrassov, former advisor to the Kremlin

 

Sgt Alex Ford AKA, RAF Airman who’s blog and tweets have attracted a huge follow

 

 


You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio 1 at 1830 (UK time).

 

Alternatively listen again on the website.


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What can be done to heal diplomatic relations between the UK and Iran?

 

How can Nato salvage its relationship with Pakistan?

 

Why there’s continued unrest over borders in the Balkans

  

And, find out about a new invention to remove barnacles from the bottom of ships

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

Middle East Analyst Hazhir Teimourian on Iran

 

Lord Ashdown on , Nato, Pakistan and US relations; the Balkans and European security

 

BFBS News' reporter Tim Cooper on removing barnacles.

 

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You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio 1 at 1830 (UK time).

 

Alternatively listen again on the website.

Direct download: Wk48_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
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Why military top brass say it's too early to judge whether the war in Afghanistan has been successful

 

The Government will appoint a chief coroner but what will it mean in practical terms to Service families?

 

Why Turkey is forging closer military ties with the UK

  

And there's growing unrest in Egypt  - so what happened to the Arab Spring?

 

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

British Forces News reporter Geoff Meade in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

 

BBC Correspondent Hugh Sykes, in Cairo, Egypt

 

Middle East analyst Jon Marks on the Arab Spring.

 

Kevin Shinkwin from the Royal British Legion on the role of the Chief Coroner

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You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio 1 at 1830 (UK time).

 

Alternatively listen again on the website.

Direct download: Wk47_sitrep_pcast_r2.mp3
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Why Britain's top general in Afghanistan is happy with the progress so far.
 
The best way for politicians and the top brass to work out military strategy.
 
Why Cap Badges are an integral and honourable part of the British Army.
 
And what battles would make the Top 20 of Britain’s worst military disasters?
 
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau
 
STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
Interviews with:
 
British Forces News reporter Geoff Meade talking to Lft Genearl James Bucknall on his time in Afghanistan.
 
Major General Mungo Melvin, talking about military strategy.
 
Julian Farrance from the Army Museum, discussing Cap Badges.

uthor John Withington talking about his new book 'Britain's 20 Worst Military Disaster

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SITREP TRAIL 10th November

It’s the end of an era as British troops in Germany prepare for a long march-out.

How worried should we be about Iran’s nuclear weapons programme?

After another fatal accident, just how essential are the Red Arrows?

And we hear how the soldiers in Afghanistan will be remembering their comrades both past and present this coming weekend

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PRESENTER

: Kate Gerbau

STUDIO GUESTS:

BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

Interviews with:

British Forces News reporter James Hirst

on the drawdown of British troops in Germany.

Hazhir Teimourian,

Middle Eastanalyst on Iran's nuclear weapon building programme.

Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Graydon

discussing the role of the Red Arrows.

British Forces News reporter Geoff

Meade in Afghanistan on remembrance.
Direct download: Wk45_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
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Why the West feels so threatened by Iran…

 

Is the Government doing enough to counter the cyber security threat?  And find out how we can all help to police Cyber-Space.

 

How British Forces in Afghanistan have changed the mind set of one former Taliban commander to denounce violence

 

Plus, a very special celebration for the Royal British Legion

 

PRESENTER:  James Hirst

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute talking about the threat Iran poses and the findings of the RUSI survey on defence matters.

 

General Sir Graeme Lamb, former commander of Special Forces, on cyber security

 

British Forces News reporter Geoff Meade in Afghanistan. 

 

Lt General Sir John Kiszely, head of the Royal British Legion

 

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio 1 at 1830 (UK time).

Alternatively listen again on the website.

Direct download: Wk44_Sitrep_r2_pcst.mp3
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Now that Sirte has fallen, has NATO fulfilled its role in Libya?
 
How tough is the job of Defence Secretary
 
What can be done to ease the tensions between Kosovo and Serbia?
 
The importance of the Haqqani network in the quest for peace in Afghanistan
 
And why the British Army is breaking the rules using underage soldiers in theatre

  

 

PRESENTER:  Kate GerbauSTUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee. 

 

 

 

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio 1 at 1830 (UK time).

Alternatively listen again on the website.

 

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SITREP trail 13th October

The revolutionary forces in Libya are close to securing Sirte - but where is Gaddafi?

How a message in a bottle helped the Royal Navy save a ship from piracy

Why the prisoner exchange between Hamas and the Israelis is vital for the future of the Middle East

And …. why Cyprus continues to be strategically important

PRESENTER

: Matt Teale

STUDIO GUESTS

: BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee.

INTERVIEWS WITH:

Dr Rosemary Hollis,

Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at City University

at City University

British Forces News & Sitrep presenter,

Kate Gerbau in Cyprus

Karen Jacques

from Dryad Maritime Intelligence Services - who monitor the threat of piracy.
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