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 and foreign affairs.

This week Sitrep looks back at events that have shaped 2012  & Britain’s Armed Forces
 
From transition in Afghanistan to civil war in Syria
 
A year that remembered the Falkland's conflict & saw trouble returning to the streets of Belfast
 
It was a summer of celebration and ceremony for the military, but what’s in store for 2013?
 
Listen to this week’s Sitrep and find out…
 
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 PRESENTER:  Kate GerbeauSTUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee and Major General Julian Thompson
 
OTHER Contributors:
 
BFBS Reporters Tim Cooper in Cyprus, Rob Olver in Germany and Steve Britton in Brunei.

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What next for Syria as the violence continues to escalate?

 

What’s behind the latest trouble in Northern Ireland ?

 

Could North Korea’s rocket launch elevate their  status on the world stage?

 

How a mother’s story of her soldier son may help young officers.

 

And why women might make better spies than men..........

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Northern Ireland analyst Alan Murray on the latest troubles

 

Aidan Foster Carter, Korean expert on the rocket launch

 

Margaret Evison, author of "Death of a Soldier: A Mother's Story"

 

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The Chancellor’s Autumn statement – what does it mean for  Defence?

 

Find out how much progress has been made with the military covenant one year on

 

The new Deputy Commander of ISAF speaks about his hopes for the Afghan people.

 

Was this week’s NATO meeting Hilary Clinton’s farewell as US Foreign Secretary?

 

And, could the new US Ambassador be wearing Prada…….

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

BFBS Reporter James Hirst on the Autumn Statement and James Blitz – the security and defence editor of the Financial Times

 

Catherine Spencer, Chief Exec of the Army Families Federation on the military covenant & the hardships facing US Army wives .

 

The Deputy Commander of ISAF Lt General Nick Parker

 

 

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What’s the state of Britain’s military justice system?
 
Find out what concerns Nato's Secretary General has for Afghanistan and his hopes for a smooth transition.
 
Who are the M23 & why we should be concerned
 
And, the search for Burma’s missing spitfires

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
 
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A ceasefire’s been declared but what’s next in the long quest for peace between Gaza and Israel?

 

Find out why the British Army in Kenya have been building a new base

 

And why former Cypriot dissidents might sue the British Army

 

Plus...  the story behind Portsmouth’s new Book shop and Naval art gallery

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

 

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The Chief of Defence Staff warns ministers not to expect too much from a cut-down military. 

 

A Royal Navy Submariner admits attempting to pass secrets to the Russians. Professor Eric Grove explains the dark history of spying submariners.

 

Britain calls for restraint in Gaza - what could be the consequences of this latest outbreak of violence?

 

Geoff Meade reports from Exercise Albanian Lion.

 

And after the Petraeus scandal, we look at America's relationship with it's generals.

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee and Professor Michael Clarke from his studio at the Royal United Services Institute.

 

 

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The Government's plans to attract more reservists to the Army
 
What’s the global reaction to President Obama’s election victory? Find out which countries wish he hadn’t won and why
 
Should we trade arms with the Middle East?
 
And why the CIA are funding social media in Cuba
 PRESENTER:  PAUL OSBOURNE
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
 
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With one week to go until America elects its President who has the best foreign and defence policy

And why the Middle East will be foremost in the next President’s mind

Why getting inside a terrorists mind could help us counter the terrorism threat

Find out about the campaign to protect the graves of Victoria Cross heroes

And British Forces say goodbye to the last Military hospital in Cyprus

 

PRESENTER:  JAMES HIRST

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

Interviews:

 

Dr Michael Stathis  , from Southern Utah University on the US Elections.

Roger Griffin on his new book ‘the

British Forces News’ reporter Tim Cooper reporting on the closing of the last military hospital

Ben Harris from the think-tank The Bow Group on protecting the graves of the Victoria Cross recipients.

 

 

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Why British troops could be involved in Mali, Africa (pro: Mar-lee)

 

Who’s leading the race to become America’s next President?

 

The logistics of withdrawal from Afghanistan, what  plans are being drawn up for the eventual exit?

 

Plus.... the forgotten voices of the Second World War who still have so much to say………

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

Stephen O’Brien, David Cameron’s special advisor on Mali.

British Forces News’ reporter James Hirst reporting from the States on the forthcoming Presidential elections

Major General Julian Thompson discussing logistics of withdrawing from Afghanistan & his new book, Forgotten Voices ‘Desert Victory’. 

 

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SITREP Oct 18th 

 

Gen Mike Jackson tell Sitrep what he thinks about the ‘generals for hire’ scandal

 

The Scottish National Party finally reveal their plans for an independent Scottish defence policy

 

Why the Fusiliers are marching to Parliament today

 

And should Commonwealth soldiers be given the right to stay in the UK when they leave the

Services…….

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

Interviews:

General Mike Jackson discussing the lobbying generals

SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson on Scottish defence plans

The Chief Executive of Veterans Aid, Dr Hugh Millroy

British Forces News reporter Charlotte Cross with the marching Fusiliers.

 

 

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What’s behind the collapse of the defence merger between BAE & EADS?
 
Why the Foreign Secretary William Hague remains committed to the combat mission in Afghanistan
 
And why a new report casts doubt over Afghanistan’s future post 2014
 
What the Tory Party have had to say about defence in this week’s Party Conference
 
And the story of the former Para who nearly became a Taliban recruit.
 
 PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
Interviews:
James Blitz, Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent from the Financial Times
British Forces News reporter James Hirst speaking to William Hague, and reporting from the Conservative Party Conference
Paul Quinn Judge of the International Crisis Group on Afghanistan.
Alexander Khan, author of ‘Orphan of Islam’.
 
 
 
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As tensions rise between Syria & Turkey what are the implications of this latest development

 

Are NATO troops heading for an earlier than expected exit from Afghanistan?

 

Find out what Labour has on its agenda for defence

 

And ….the Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth won’t be ready for at least 8 years, so why has it already got its own crew

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

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SITREP September 27th

 

World leaders converge in New York for the UN General Assembly, but what's the true value of the United Nations?

 

Water cannons are fired during a three way wrangle over islands in the far East, but what does it say about China's military plans?

 

What do the Lib Democrats think about Defence?

 

And find out the significance of the parades  through the streets of Belfast this weekend.....

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTBFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee and Dr Martin MacCauley the international affairs analyst  from University College London  Martin Macauley

 

INTERVIEWS:

  

Steve Britton BFBS’s man in Brunei on China

 

British Forces News’ reporter James Hirst on the Lib Dem conference

 

Northern Ireland  analyst Chris Ryder on the marches in Northern Ireland.

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After a difficult week in Afghanistan  Sitrep looks at the main political and military challenges facing Nato.

 

Could an independent Scotland defend itself without help from the UK

 

Is Afghanistan set to become cricket’s next powerhouse?

 

And Paddy Ashdown on the Cockleshell heroes

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee   

 

INTERVIEWS:

  

Professor Paul Rogers, from the University of Bradford on Afghanistan.

 

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Director of Research at the

Royal United Services Institute discussing implications for Scottish independence.

 

Lord Ashdown talking about his new book “A Brilliant Operation”, about the Cockleshell heroes.

 

The BBC’s Cricket Correspondent, Jonathan Agnew in Sri Lanka, on Afghanistan’s cricket team.

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What the proposed merger between Bae & EAD means for British defence.

 

What's behind the assassination of the American ambassador to Libya?

 

Why Syria’s future depends on the action of a neighbouring NATO country.

 

And find out why the Iranians are accusing the West of stealing their rainclouds...

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee   

Middle East analyst Hazhir Teimourian

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee   

  

Interviews: 

Defence Consultant Dr Alex Ashbourne-Warmsley

Former ambassador to Syria, Oliver Miles

Robert Tait, Iranian specialist.

 

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SITREP September 6th
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee  
 
After the Prime Minister’s re-shuffle who are the new, key people at the Ministry of Defence?
 
Find out what President Obama is promising for another term in the White House.
 
Why there’s trouble on the streets of Belfast.
 
And– what it’s like to be a Muslim soldier in today's British Army?
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee  
 
Interviews:
Michael Clarke, Director of RUSI on re-shuffle & cyber security
Simon Marks of Feature Story News, at the Democrat convention in Carolina, USA
Analyst Alan Murray on Northern Ireland
Lt Col Peter Stradins, head of Army diversity
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SITREP August 30th
 
How will this week’s green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan affect post-2014 withdrawal?
 
As the US Presidential election campaign heats up - what is the foreign & defence policy strategies of the Democrat and the Republicans parties?
 
Why there’s growing concern over Mali in Africa.
 
And why there’s such a close bond between the Paralympics and the military.
 
PRESENTER:  Glen Mansell
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee  
 
Interviews:
BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Kabul on Afghanistan
Patrick Smith, Editor of Africa Confidential, discussing Mali
Matthew Jamison from RUSI talking about the forthcoming US elections
British Forces News reporter Tim Cooper on the Paralympics
 
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SITREP August 23rd
 
Britain and the United States warn Syria over chemical weapons, while the Israelis watch with concern
 
Why drones are the weapons of choice for a slimmed down armed forces
 
Plus…How well are injured personnel cared for by the NHS?
 
 
PRESENTER:  David Spencer
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee  
 
Interviews:
Professor Paul Rogers, Dept of Peace Studies at Bradford University discussing Syria, Iran and Israel.
 
Chris Cole (author of a blog Drones War UK) and Andrew Brookes, Director of The Air League discussing drones.
 
Sue Freeth, Head of Operations at the Royal British Legion on the care of injured Servicemen and women.
 
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SITREP August 16th
 
Is the Armed Forces breaching it's own covenant through their treatment of commonwealth veterans?
 
Will the actions of the group Pussy Riot spark further protests in Russia?
 
Plus we examine Russia's relationship with Syria and the growing influence from China.
 
And we recognise the achievements of a Naval convoy in Malta during the second world war.
 
PRESENTER:  Glen Mansell
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee & Dr Martin MaCauley from University College London.
 
Interviews:
James Hirst has the opinion of Veterans Aid Chief Executive about the treatment of commonwealth soldiers and examines the cases of Isimeli Baleiwai and Kaedon White
 
Tim Cooper reports from Valetta on the First Sea Lord's visit to Malta this week in honour of the Navy's service there 70 years ago.
 
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How vital is  the battle for Aleppo in deciding Syria’s future?

 

Why drones are taking over the skies in  Afghanistan

 

Find out the special qualities that former Service personnel bring to civvy street

 

And why there’s still a strong fascination for the Second World War after more than 70 years

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee   

  

Interviews:

Professor Fawaz Gerges on Syria & Egypt

 

Brtiish Forces News’ reporter Carla Prater in Camp Bastion talking about drones.

 

Tony Ward, MD or Force 10 Recruitment.

 

British Forces News’ reporter James Hirst interviews the PM David Cameron

 

Historian Anthony Beevor on his new book, the Second World War

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SITREP August 2nd
 
With the help of The Army team GB won its first Gold yesterday – but how difficult is it to combine your military career with sporting ambition?
 
How the Olympic Truce strives to bring global peace through sport
 
What’s the wider impact of the Syrian civil war on the Middle East?
 
And why British troops in Germany commemorate the Battle of Minden  
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee  
 
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SITREP July 26th
 
Could there be military intervention in Syria’s civil war
 
What are British troops doing in Somalia?
 
Are young soldiers getting the education they deserve?
 
And why sport is so important to the Army, Navy and RAF
 
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee  
 
Professor Paul Rogers, Dept of Peace Studies at Bradford University
 
Jerome Starkey, The Times African correspondent
 
Richard Clarke, director of Child Soldiers
 
Major General Chris Elliot Director of The Army Sports Control Board
 
BFN reporter Jon Knighton on the Olympics and Forces British Forcse involvement
 
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SITREP July 19th
 
Is it the beginning of the end for Syria’s President Assad & his regime?
 
In Afghanistan, PM David Cameron has a stern message for the Taliban
 
After the G4S fiasco just how secure are the London Olympics?
 
And find out the story behind the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of *Mirbat
 
(*PRO: Mur-bat)
 
 
 
PRESENTER:  Glen Mansell
 
STUDIO GUEST:  
BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee and the Director of The Royal United Services Institute: Professor Michael Clarke
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SITREP July 12th
 
Is it asking too much for the Army to provide last minute Olympic security?
 
Why Mali in North Africa could be the new Afghanistan
 
Why reforming the House of Lords would be bad news for defending defence
 
And how the weather has helped us win and lose wars……..
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
Dr Martin Macauley from University College London on Mali & Afghanistan
 
Interviews
 
Col Richard Kemp, former commander in Afghanistan on troops providing Olympic security
 
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell on Afghanistan
 
Admiral Lord West, former Sea Lord, on House of Lords reform
 
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SITREP July 5th

 

There are big changes ahead for the Army with the loss of some units and the merger of others

 

But will the new shape of the British Army be the right one to secure an uncertain future?

 

The Territorial Army will increase its numbers but can the reserves really provide the support that’s needed?

 

And what impact will the news have on families ?

 

Find out in a special edition of Sitrep, today on BFBS

 

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PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

Interviews

 

General Sir Mike Jackson Tel

 

Col Richard Williams, former SAS Commander in Iraq and Afghanistan; and reserve forces  specialist

 

Doug Beattie (TA soldier):

 

From the Army Families Federation:  Catherine Spencier

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In Northern Ireland a symbolic handshake moves peace forward
 
After nearly 70 years the heroes of Bomber Command finally get their memorial
 
The concerns of Pakistan as Nato prepares for transition
 
And could Syria’s attack on a Turkish plane ignite the conflict
 
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
Interviews
 
Lord Ashdown on the significance of the Queen & Martin McGuiness shaking hands.
British Forces News reporter Rosie Laydon interviews Pakistan's High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan
Sky's Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay on Syria
British Forces News reporter James Hirst and Annie Haresign on Bomber Command memorial
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SITREP June 21st

 

Can diplomacy be the solution for Syria or would immunity for Assad be a better option?

 

Why is the Government investing in Trident when its future remains uncertain?

 

How the future equipment of the Army will determine the shape of the Armed Forces for years to come

 

What affect will the proposed changes bring to Forces’ pensions?

 

And find out why the Dalai Lama has been to Aldershot today…..

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

Interviews

Sir Andrew Green, former ambassador to Syria

 

Professor Eric Grove of Salford University on Trident

 

British Forces News reporter Will Inglis interviewing Major General Carew wilks, Director Land Equipment.

 

Major General John Moore-Bick, secretary general of the Forces Pension Society

 

British Forces News reporter Tim Cooper at Aldershot

 

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 It's 30 years today since British Forces liberated the Falkland Islands from Argentina.  In a special edition of Sitrep Kate Gerbeau and Matt Teale reflect on the conflict.  They’ll be speaking to the Governor of the Falkland Islands and the man who’s in charge of British Forces today. Plus, hear from the Royal Marine Commander who made victory possible. … And find out what will happen when the future of the Islands is discussed at the United Nations later on today 


PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee & Major General Julian Thompson

 

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SITREP June 7th

 

The Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond tells Sitrep how future cuts will change the shape of the British Army

 

Are the US Drone strikes in Pakistan giving terrorists propaganda to recruit new members?

 

How British trained troops in  Sierra Leone are helping another war-torn African country

 

And the Ceremonial Director of the Diamond Jubilee procession shares his memories of the day and his hopes for future events.

 


PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

GUESTS:

Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond

Washington correspondent Simon Marks on the Drone attacks

BFBS News reporter Ali Gibson on Sierra Leone

Maj Andrew Chatburn, the Ceremonial Director in charge of the Diamond Jubilee procession

Capt Alex Owen form the Household Cavalry Mounted Regt which took part in the Diamond Jubilee procession


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Syria edges closer to civil war but what can the international community do about it?

 

There's a stark warning about the Taliban's plans during Nato's exit from Afghanistan.

 

Why Russia objects to Nato's missile defence

 

And the Queen celebrates 60 years as head of the armed forces.

 


PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee


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What measures are being taken to prevent Iran extending its nuclear programme?

 

What happened at the Nato Summit and how it will affect the future of British Forces

 

Why Amnesty International has condemned the UN in it’s report.

 

Memories from Royal Marines & Paratroopers as they return to the Falklands to remember 1982 & landing day

 

And never mind the singing – find out why the Eurovision song contests is all about the politics

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

INTERVIEWS

Professor Paul Rogers, Dept of Peace Studies at Bradford University discussing Iran/Afghanistan/Amnesty & Egyptian elections

BFBS Reporter James Hirst on the Nato Summit

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Cross in the Falkland Islands

Dr Karen Fricker, on the geo-politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

 

 

 

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SITREP Trail May 17th
 
What’s on Nato’s agenda as it prepares for the Chicago Summit next week?
 
General Mladic is on trial at the Haig for war crimes – but what measures are in place to prevent another atrocity happening & can anyone ever escape war crimes?
 
How depth therapy is helping the rehabilitation of injured servicemen
 
And the forgotten Battles of Scotland – why should they be remembered?
 
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
INTERVIEWS
 
Sir Malcolm Rifkind previewing the Nato summit in Chicago next week, & discussing European financial crisis and war crimes.
 
Forces News reporter James Hirst on  Nato's forthcoming summit
 
Colonel Bob Stewart on war crimes
 
Forces News reporter Fiona Weir on depth therapy for servicemen
 
Dr Tony Pollard of Glasgow Univesity on Scotland's forgotten battles.
 
 
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Direct download: Wk20_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
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SITREP Trail May 10th

 

There's been a U-turn over which planes to use on the Carriers - but is it the right decision?

 

Why there's anger in Scotland over plans to lose some historic regimental names

 

Why France's new President-elect wants to speed up the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.

 

And the new memorial to Bomber Command is nearing completion - but why has it taken so long?

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

INTERVIEWS

The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond on the Carriers

 

The Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Jim Murphy, on Carriers and proposed cuts to Scottish regiments.

 

BBC's Paris correspondent, Hugh Schofield, discussing the new President elect

 

 

 

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Direct download: Wk19_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44pm UTC

 

It’s been a year since Osama bin Laden was killed – but has his death weakened Al Qaeda?

 Sitrep gains unique access to Nato’s Maritime Operations centre in Naples.

 

Find out how the Defence industry is weathering the financial crisis…..

 

And Olympic security is put through its final tests

  

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

INTERVIEWS

From Camp Bastion British Forces News’ reporter Simon Newton

 

BFN reporter Geoff Meade discusses his visit to  Nato’s Maritime Operations centre in Naples

 

British Forces News’  Will Inglis reports on

 

British Forces News’ reporter James Banks reports from the latest Olympic military security exercise

  

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

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Direct download: Wk18_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:07pm UTC

Has NATO got its strategy right in the lead-up to the Chicago summit in May?

 

Why the Parliament's financial watchdog is highly critical of the soaring costs of the Carrier programme.

 

Will the Arctic Convoy veterans finally get the medal they’ve fought so long for?

 

And all you need to know about the 21 gun salute…..

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

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Direct download: Wk17_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05pm UTC

 

SITREP trail April 19th

 

Financial help for the future of Afghanistan but will NATO countries be happy to foot the bill?

 

Why an expert on the region is saying the forecast for peace after 2014 is unpredictable.

 

How Operation Joint Warrior is helping to promote cooperation with our European allies

 

And some unusual tales from Falkland veterans…..

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

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Interviews:

 

Dr Michael Clarke, Director of RUSI, The Royal United Services Institute

 

British Forces News’  reporter James Hirst from Camp Bastion
 
British Forces News’  reporter Tim Cooper on Operation Joint Warrior
 
British Forces News’  reporter Charlotte Cross speaking to Falkland veterans.
Direct download: Wk16_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:54pm UTC

The head of Nato says Afghan handover is on track but Afghan’s security forces are still concerned about security post 2014

 

Will the Syrian ceasefire hold – and what happens next?

The invisible scars of PTSD - and is enough being done to help those who suffer?

Plus....the important strategic position the Ascension Islands hold

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

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Interviews:

 

Professor Neil Greenberg , Surgeon Captain Royal Navy &

Piers Bishop: from the charity Resolution Rebuilding Lives on Mental Health Issues

 

Jon Marks , Middle East analyst on the Syrian conflict and Iran’s nuclear ambition

 

British Forces News’  reporter Geoff Meade on the Ascension Islands
 
Direct download: Wk15_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:43pm UTC

The Government wants to hold secret court hearings, so,  is there a case for some types of evidence to be heard behind closed doors
 
It’s been a week of reminiscing in the Falkland Islands, but what are the feelings of the Islanders thirty years on?
 
How former servicemen are being trained to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia
 
And why the cost of surrender is a lucrative business……

 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
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SITREP TRAIL 29 March
How much trust is there between British and Afghan forces following the shooting of two British soldiers and what can be done to help prevent another attack?
 
The Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond’s surprise visit to Afghanistan
 
What mistakes were made in the lead-up to the Argentine invasion of the Falklands Islands?
 
And the preparations of the Household Cavalry as they get ready for a busy schedule this summer.
 
 
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
Interviews with:
Major Mike Minor on training of Afghan recruits.
Major General Julian Thompson, commander 40 Brigade during the Falklands war.
British Forces News reporter James Hirst from Afghanistan.
 
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Direct download: Wk13_Sitrep_podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm UTC

The outgoing ambassador to Afghanistan tells Sitrep how he thinks the exit strategy will work and what sort of future the country could have.

 

What does the latest Budget announcement mean to defence projects and how will it affect Service personnel’s’ pay packets?

 

How much support is Latin America giving Argentina over its claims to the Falklands?

 

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

Interviews with:

Sir William Patey – the UK’s ambassador to Afghanistan

 

BFBS News Geoff Meade on the Budget

 

Richard Ralph , former Governor of the Falkland Islands and ambassador to Peru

 

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Direct download: wk12_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04pm UTC

 

SITREP TRAIL 15 March

 

Why the PM Cameron and President Obama are determined to stick to the strategy in Afghanistan

 

Is enough being done to look after soldiers’ mental healthcare?

 

And why the future of the Joint Strike Fighter could be in jeopardy.

 

 

 

PRESENTER:  Glen Mansell

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

interviews with:

Surgeon Captain Morgan O’Connell, on Forces’ mental welfare

 

Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, on the military relationship between the US and the Uk and the logistics of withdrawing from Afghanistan

 

Dr Eric Grove on the Joint Strike Fighter

 

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Direct download: Wk11_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:47pm UTC

It’s been a tragic week for British Forces in Afghanistan but have the politicians got their strategy right?

 

Sitrep hears direct from Camp Bastion and get the opinion of a Warrior expert

 

And find out why next week’s summit between President Obama and PM Cameron is so important to the future of our Forces.

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

Interviews with:

 

Former foreign secretary  - David Miliband

 

British Forces News reporter from Camp Bastion -  James Hirst

 

Christopher Foss, Warrior Expert from Janes defence

 

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Direct download: Wk10_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:45pm UTC

The RAF put Olympic security to the test

 

How the Koran burning has affected security in Afghanistan

And the new supply route British forces have secured in the region

 

As Britain closes it’s embassy in Syria, the UN step up efforts to pass a new resolution

 

We get an insight into what will happen at this weekend ‘s elections in Russia

 

And HMS Liverpool goes home to the Mersey to bid a final farewell

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

Interviews with:

Alexander Nekrassov (former advisor to the Kremlin) on Syria & this weekend’s Russian elections

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Cross on Olympic security

 

British  Forces News reporter James Hirst from Afghanistan on the continuing anger over the burning of the Koran.

 

British Forces News reporter Geoff Meade on HMS Liverpool’s farewell trip.

 

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Direct download: wk9_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:46pm UTC

What more can Nato do to quell the anger of Afghans over the burning of the Koran

As the situation in Syria deteriorates  - how can the international community help?

 

How the risks of war reporting are balanced with the desire to tell the story

 

How Afghan’s are winning the fight against corruption

 

And why the MoD has turned to South Korean shipbuilders…….

 

 

 

PRESENTER:  Glen Mansell

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

Sky’s News’s Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay on Syria & war reporting

Foreign Minister Alistair Burt on the situation in Iran.

 

British  Forces News reporter James Hirst from Camp Bastion on the anger over the burning of the Koran and anti-corruption measures.

 

British Forces News reporter Will Inglis reporting on defence procurement 

 

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Direct download: Wk8_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:03pm UTC

Find out what action NATO & the UK is taking to counter the growing cyber threat

 

Iran boasts about its nuclear achievements – but how far advanced are they?

 

Why have MPs from the Defence Committee chosen this sensitive time to visit The Falklands Islands?

 

And find out the importance of the forthcoming Anglo-French summit.

 

PRESENTER:  Glen Mansell

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

British Forces News reporter Will Inglis reporting on cyber 

 

Professor Michael Codner from the Royal United Services Institute on Iran & cyber security

 

MP Patrick Mercer on the Falkland Islands

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Direct download: Wk7_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:41pm UTC

Could Turkey could play a key role in the Syrian crisis?

 

Two new reports criticize the cuts made by the SDSR – so is the MoD up to the job? 

 

How will the United Nations react to Argentina’s accusation that the UK is militarizing the Falklands Islands

 

And find out how Afghan women are playing a leading role in their country’s transition

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

Sir Andrew Green, Britain's former ambassador to Syria

 

British Forces News’ reporter  Geoff Meade on the SDSR

 

Sukey Cameron, of the Falkland Islands Government

 

British Forces News’ reporter  from Camp Bastion on women in the Afghanistan National Army

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Direct download: Wk6_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:56pm UTC

The Americans are bringing forward the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan – but is it more to do with President Obama’s election strategy than a secure Afghanistan? 

 

And what does it mean for British Forces in the region

 

As Prince William prepares for his time in the South Atlantic,  tensions remain strained between the British and Argentine governments, but what do the Falkland Islanders themselves make of it all? 

 

And we talk to Peter Carroll, the man behind the Ghurkha’s ‘Campaign  

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

The Director of the Royal United Services Institute, Michael Clarke

British Forces News’ reporter Geoff Meade form the Nato Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels

Tim Cooper, our reporter  in the Falklands

Peter Carroll of the Ghurkha’s Campaign for Justice.

 

 

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Direct download: 2_5_6-_1_Sitrep_R2_Edit_-__.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

The MoD comes under more criticism for its handling of redundancies

 

Egyptians mark a year since their revolution - but are they getting the type of leadership they fought for?

 

HMS Argyll is sent to the Middle East in a show of strength from the EU against Iran’s nuclear ambitions

 

And we find out the complex coordination involved in the security of London for the 2012 Olympics

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

Interviews with:

James Arbuthnot, Chair of the Commons Defence Select Committee

 

BFBS Reporter James Hirst on Olympic Security

 

Richard Ottoway, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on Syria and Iran

 

Jon Leyne, BBC Reporter, the anniversary  of the uprising in Egypt

Direct download: Wk4_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44pm UTC

The Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy talks to Sitrep about the latest round of Armed Forces’ redundancies

 

What’s does the future hold for Nato?

 

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised the Falklands Islanders' his full support  - but is the Royal Navy capable of giving it?

 

And  - Is it ever morally right for a Captain to abandon a sinking ship?

 

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

GUESTS:

 

British Forces News defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy on the latest round of Forces’ redundancies

 

BFN’s Tim Cooper from the Nato meeting in Brussels

 

Admiral Lord West on the Falklands

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Direct download: Wk3_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56pm UTC

 

SITREP TRAIL 12th January

 

Why Scottish  independence would have huge implications for defence.
 
What could be behind the assassination of another one of Iran’s nuclear scientists?
 
There are more diplomatic tensions in South America as the Argentines are accused of starting a squid war against the Falklands
 
Plus, how military academies could help to prevent future riots.


 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

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Direct download: Wk03_Sitrep_r2_pcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:15pm UTC

The Strategic Defence Review recommends that the future British Army will be supplemented by the TA but is it too much to ask of the reserve forces?

 

The US Forces brace themselves for their Defence Review but what will it mean for relations with Europe, and the UK’s 'special' relationship?

 

Why the Taliban are planning to open an office in Quatar.

 

Is Iran upping the ante with its warning to America not to send its carriers back to the Persian gulf

 

And we hear how the huge advances in medical science on the front-line are saving more lives than ever before

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbau

 

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee 

 

Interviews with:

 

Col Richard Williams former commanding officer of 22 SAS, and contributor to the Future Reserves 2020 report, the review of the Reserve Forces.

 

Capt Doug Beattie, former soldier now in the Territorial Army

 

BFN's James Hirst on the US Defence Review

 

Professor Porter on advances in trauma care

Direct download: 2_1_6-_1_Sitrep_R2_Edit.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:41pm UTC