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.

Sitrep’s Review of the Year
Join Kate Gerbeau, BFBSDefence Analyst, Christopher Lee & special guests for Sitrep's review ofthe year. They'll be discussing themilitary issues that dominated the headlines this year, and consider what’s onthe horizon for our armed forces in 2016.
Sitrep’s Review of the Year will be broadcast on Thursday 17th December on BFBS Radio and across UK Bases at 6.30pm (UK),and on BFBS Radio 2 at 6.30pm (UK).

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After 10 hours of debate Prime Minister David Cameron got the green light to extend the air campaign to Syria – but what’s the end game?

 

America tops up its special forces in the Middle East,

 

And Nato gets a new member - Montenegro has joined the alliance but how will Russia react?

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

SYRIA

Kate Gerbeau interviews Prime Minister, David Cameron

 

SYRIA

James Hirst interviews the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

 

COMMONS DEBATE

Former Foreign Secretary, Dame Margaret Beckett.

 

US SPECIAL FORCES

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

MONTENEGRO JOINS NATO

Jonathan Eyal, International Director at the Royal United Services Institute

 

 

 

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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

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

 

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PRESENTER KATE GERBEAU

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 19th November

 

 

 

The PM tell us why Britain should bomb Syria but can he secure the vote?

 

Plus: Reflections on this week’s Defence review

 

The diplomatic fall out between Russia and Turkey,

 

Are Al Qaeda a bigger long term threat than ISIS?

 

And is Climate Change the world’s biggest enemy?

 

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PRESENTER TIM COLLINS

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 19th November

 

 

After the Paris terror attacks - how can we beat ISIS and if we do, how will we manage the peace?

 

Find out what’s likely to be in next week’s Defence and Security Review .

 

Could cyber-attacks bring Britain to a standstill inside three days?

 

and why the biggest long term threat is climate change.

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PRESENTER KATE GERBEAU

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 5th   November

 

After four years of war in Syria can this weekend’s Vienna talks bring hope?

The Defence Review – are we about to find out who gets what and how much it'll cost.

Is the Chancellor trying to hi-jack Trident from the MoD?

Why the Cyber geeks in Southampton could be potential recruits for GCHQ.

And, Inside the Glasshouse - what's life really like inside Colchester's military prison?

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PRESENTER KATE GERBEAU

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 5th   November

 

Terror in Sinai, was it a bomb that bought the plane down?

 

Will the Commons ever hold a vote to go into Syria?

 

What’s in the Snooper’ Charter and how will affect British Forces?

 

And, why a former Army Chief says the NHS should be spending more money on mental health.

 

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Sitrep speaks to NATO's Secretary General about Russia, Syria and Ukraine.

How anti-extremists are hoping to stop radicalisation through the arts.

What HMS Ocean is doing on Exercise Trident Juncture in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Commando Doctor who is making Battlefield Medicine work in peacetime.

And MI5 tells us why our emails have to be bugged.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst

Studio guest: Christopher Lee & Russia Analyst Martin McCauley

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

BFBS reporter James Hirst

 

Nato, Russia & Syria

Russia Analyst Martin McCauley as well as our own defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

NATO Exercise Trident Juncture

Commander of the helicopter carrier, assault ship and Royal Navy Flagship, HMS Ocean.

 

 

Countering radicalisation through the arts

Nazish Khan i- Quilliam's Arts Practitioner/Researcher

 

World Extreme Medicine Conference

Surgeon Commander Dr Jamie Philips

 

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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 22nd October (TIM COOPER presenting)

 

This week in Sitrep - The story of migrants in Cyprus,

Cyber security fears behind the Chinese deal to build the UK's new Nuclear power station.

The United Nations is 70 years old on Saturday - but do we expect too much?

NATO's biggest exercise in ten years takes to Land, Sea and Air. But who's the enemy?

Plus The Paras get their Pegasus back and what it takes to be a poppy seller.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 15th October (Kate Gerbeau presenting)

 

American troops are to stay longer in Afghanistan as the security situation gets worse.

In Syria – the USA and Russia talk airspace while Lord Robertson says Britain should carry out airstrikes there.

Israel, is another Gaza war on the way?

And Trident - the SNP say it must still go.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 8th October (Kate Gerbeau presenting)

 

Nato demands Russia to stop its Syrian operation- but will they take any notice?

And, as tensions rise in Europe, the UK is sending troops to the Baltics

Why America must rethink total withdrawal plans in Afghanistan,

Sitrep speaks to the journalist that went to see one of America’s most wanted in Moscow

Plus: Rugby - England are out but Britain's defence forces scrum down for triumph.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 24th September
 
Find out what needs to happen in the next Defence Review to make our Forces more efficient.
 
America and Russia go head to head on what happens next in Syria,
 
Plus, British troops teaching the Kurds how to beat IS and get streetwise,
 
And 75 years of the George Cross - the people's decoration.
 
 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
DEFENCE POLICY
Richard Norton Taylor who writes for The Guardian on defence and security,
 
SYRIA/PUTIN/UN
Professor Joshua Landis from the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma
 
PESHMERGA
BFBS presenter Charlene Guy speaking to some of the soldiers who have been working on the ground in Iraq, training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
 
GEORGE CROSS 75TH ANNIVERSARY
BFBS reporter Claire Sadler
 

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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
Sky Channel 0211
Alternatively listen again on the website, or download the Sitrep Podcast.
 
 

 

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Presenter Kate Gerbeau

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 17th September

 

Why the man at the top of MI5 has spoken publicly about why they need to read our emails.

Frederick Forsyth tells Sitrep why he’s backing the campaign to clear the guilty Royal Marine.

Plus the best of the new defence innovations at the DSEI exhibition

And the Battle of Britain remembered:

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

MI5

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

MARINE A

Best-selling author Frederick Forsyth

 

DSEI

Will Inglis reporting on the A400M

 

PLUS INTERVIEW ON THE FOLLOWING

 

Dr Markus Jung head of Rheinmetal's Direct Energy Weapon Programme, discussing their new laser gun

 

BAe Systems,head of Cyber Threat Intelligence, Adrian Nish.

 

Swiss Company RUAG discussing its new ‘snipers’ bullet.

 

BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

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Was the RAF drones strike against IS in Syria legal and is there more to come?

Find out why Russia is increasing its military presence in the region.

A new report warns against cuts in UK security.

Is the IRA still active in Northern Ireland?

And what will a new leader of the Labour Party mean for defence, security and foreign affairs in Parliament?

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

SYRIA (Drones)

Sir William Patey

 

SYRIA /RUSSIA

The Times Diplomatic Editor Roger Boyes

 

DFEENCE CUTS

BFBS reporter James Hirst has been speaking to RUSI's research director, Professor Malcolm Chalmers.

 

N IRELAND

Northern Ireland writer and commentator Chris Ryder

 

Labour leadership

BBC World Service Political Correspondent Rob Watson

 

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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

 

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

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The Migrant crisis, how should the UK respond and is Europe doing enough
The Libyan campaign – who was right, the chiefs of staff or the politicians?
Afghan Interpreters - what Price should we pay now the war is over.
Plus why China’s military are on parade and it’s Merchant Navy Day, but who remembers?
 

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Nato’s Exercise Swift Response gets underway in Europe as China and Russia show off their military might in the Sea of Japan.

What’s behind the Taliban’s push into a former British stronghold in Afghanistan?

Can improved relations between the West and Iran help the Syrian crisis?

And how a little bit of Shakespeare is helping injured soldiers.

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paua Middlehurst
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & Tim Marshall, foreign affairs and international analyst.

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Presenter Paula Middlehurst

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 20th August

 

The Chilcot report, what’s behind claims of political pressure on the inquiry team?

 

Is there a new ‘Cold War’ emerging between Russia & the West?

 

The Battle of Britain’s Hardest Day remembered,

 

 

And the US army get ready for an historic day

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Presenter TIM COOPER

 

Is the British army becoming a training force not a fighting force?

The Ukraine training promise from the Defence Secretary.

Op Shader one year on - has it made a difference?

70 years since VJ DAY - commemorations take place.

 

And why is JAPAN choosing now to look at changing its military engagement rules?

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Presenter Kate Gerbeau
 
Find out about MoD plans for a deployment to Libya.

Concerns are raised over the forthcoming Defence Review.
Plus, the Navy’s new Type 26 frigate goes into production
And 70 years on – the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima is remembered.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 30th JULY

 

The US moves its front line from Germany to Turkey and the war against ISIS gets closer.

 

Mullah Omar, the man who invented the Taleban, is officially dead, or is he?

 

Plus: Robot Wars. What's the possibility of a Terminator - style conflict?

 

And Lord Richards, the former chief of the defence staff, reflects on 70 years of Forces broadcasting in Germany

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

IS/TURKEY/NATO

Shashank Joshi from the Royal United Services Institute

 

DEATH OFTALEBAN COMMANDER MULLAH OMAR

Shashank Joshi from the Royal United Services Institute

 

UKRAINE TRAINING EXERCISE

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

ROBOT WARS

Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield

 

Defence cuts

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

BFBS Germany - 70 Years

BFBS reporter, Patrick Eade  & Lord Richards,former Chief of Defence Staff

 

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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

 

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

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(First broadcast on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 23rd JULY

 

Are active IS units operating in a NATO country?

 

Find out why the Americans are saying that Russia is the No.1 enemy

 

And what the Defence Committee has to say in their latest report…

 

Plus, as millions of refugees escape conflict in the Middle East what can the international community do to help?

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

IS/TURKEY/NATO

Former Liberal Democratic leader Paddy Ashdown

 

RUSSIA-US

Michael Evans from The Times

 

DEFENCE COMMITTEE

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

REFUGEES

Ariane Rummery from The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

 

 

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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

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

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A new Government with a new budget but is it really good news for defence & Nato?

 

And what’s the reaction from the USA?

 

Why does Greece commit so much to defence with its huge economic problems?

 

 

The IS media machine is in full swing, but how should the West counter it?

 

And find out how geography can dictate global security

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

BUDGET

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & to Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington

 

GREECE

Tim Marshall, Former Diplomatic Editor at Sky News

 

 

IS PROPAGANDA

Charlie Winter, Quilliam’s Senior Researcher on Transnational Jihadism

 

PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY by Tim Marshall(book review)

10 maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics. 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

 

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

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A new Government with a new budget but is it really good news for defence & Nato?

 

And what’s the reaction from the USA?

 

Why does Greece commit so much to defence with its huge economic problems?

 

 

The IS media machine is in full swing, but how should the West counter it?

 

And find out how geography can dictate global security

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

BUDGET

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & to Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington

 

GREECE

Tim Marshall, Former Diplomatic Editor at Sky News

 

 

IS PROPAGANDA

Charlie Winter, Quilliam’s Senior Researcher on Transnational Jihadism

 

PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY by Tim Marshall(book review)

10 maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics. 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

 

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

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(First broadcast on Thursday11th June 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 2nd JULY

 

Terror in Tunisia – after last week’s atrocities could the UK attack Islamic State in Syria?

 

Can anyone stop IS? And what do the lawyers say?

 

Find out what changes lay ahead for the British Army

 

It's back to The Somme - but what's the point in all these commemorations?

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

TUNISIA/IS THREAT & REACTION

The new Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Crispin Blunt, Hamish de Bretton Gordon, a chemical weapons expert working for NGOs in Syria and Iraq....and of course, BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

POLITICAL REACTION

BFBS reporter James Hirst

 

LAND WARFARE CONFERENCE

BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon speaking to Director General of RUSI, Professor Michael Clarke

 

BATTLE OF THE SOMME CENTENARY EVENT

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

 

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 25 JUNE

 

Nato ministers meet as Russia flexes its muscles.

Defence Spending…can the UK have its cake and eat it?

 

And…the Victoria Cross?  Is it time for a rethink on why it’s awarded?

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

NATO TALKS

BFBS Reporter Rob Olver

 

RUSSIAN STRATEGY

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Cross

 

DEFENCE SPENDING

Bernard Jenkin MP

 

 

VICTORIA CROSS

Author Gary Mead (book review)

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

 

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

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Presenter Kate Gerbeau

 

Yemen – we hear from a reporter on the ground in the wartorn region

Europe's Migrant Crisis deepens but what next for the Royal Navy's involvement?

There’s a new man in the defence Committee Chair - but what will Julian Lewis bring to the job?

The Afghan Appeal fund celebrates 10 years of building schools in Afghanistan.

 

And ...The 1805 battle of Waterloo, what does it mean for you?

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This week's Sitrep comes to you from the hallowed turf of Lord's Cricket Ground where the Inter-Service T20 tournament is taking place.
 
We will talking about the importance of Sport in forces life as well as looking at the connections between Cricket and the military.
 
Rain may stop play but the usual discussion and debate about all things defence and foreign affairs will continue. 
 
Kate Gerbeau is our Spin Bowler with BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee behind the wicket.
 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

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(First broadcast on Thursday 4th June 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

Who’s our biggest threat – Islamic State or Russia?

And should the UK send ground troops to fight alongside the Iraqi Army? One former British Army Commander thinks they should.

Will America’s snooping restrictions have an impact on British Intelligence?

 

Could there be major development problems for the carriers’ new F35 fighter jets?

 

And why Forces’ sport is an integral part of military life …………………………

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

Defence Cuts

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

Ukraine/ISIS

Professor Paul Rogers from the department of peace studies at the University of Bradford

 

ISIS in Iraq

Lieutenant General Graeme Lamb served in Iraq as Deputy Commanding General of the multi-national force.

F35s

Former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Sharkey Ward

Amercian & British intelligence gathering

Richard Norton-Taylor who writes for the Guardian on defence and security matters

 

Forces Sport

BFBS Reporter Julian Evans

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

(First broadcast on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

Find out how the next SDSR is shaping up.

 

What the new Crowsnest surveillance system will mean for the Royal Navy.

 

Why Obama has spoken out about Russian’s aggression towards Ukraine.

 

And, why China could be heading for a show-down with the US over the disputed South China Islands.

And from British Soldier to Blackwater - life as a security contractor in Iraq.

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

QUEEN’S SPEECH AND  SDSR

BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with Professor Malcolm Chalmers, from the Defence and Security think tank - The Royal United Services Institute,

 

CROWSNEST SURVEILLANCE FOR THE ROYAL NAVY.

Commander Graham Edmonds, Vice Chairman, at the UK National Defence Association.

 

RUSSIAN/NATO/UKRAINE.

Professor Michael Stathis from the University of Southern Utah & BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

CHINA &  THE DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA ISLANDS.

Mark Stone Asia Correspondent for Sky News.

 

BLACKWATER

One former British soldier talks about his time as a Blackwater contractor in Iraq.

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

 

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(First broadcast on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

AS IS gathers ground in both Syria & Iraq, Sitrep speaks to a leading expert on Islamic State as the militants continue to gather ground in Iraq and Syria.

Also this week, is America sending weapons into space?

Nato chiefs of staff list new security challenges.

And why more people are dying in conflict despite fewer wars being fought.

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Abdel Bari Atwan, author of "Islamic State - The Digital Caliphate"

BFBS reporter Victoria Smith interview with the International Institute for Strategic Studies Director of transnational threats and political risk, Nigel Inkster, as it publishes its 2015 Armed Conflict Survey.

X-37B Spacecraft  with Kenneth Chang ,Science Reporter from The New York Times,

BFBS reporter James Hirst talks to the people behind a new film giving a unique insight into the Afghan Army in Helmand .  "Tell Spring Not To Come This Year"

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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 & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

In Syria - have the Generals had enough of Assad?

Is NATO lining up it's Baltic army?

Who will be the new Chair of the Defence Select Committee?

RAF Chinooks are being prevented from helping in Nepal. Has Britain sent the wrong type of helicopter?

And some right royal opinions have aired about the Ministry of Defence.

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Sir Andrew Green, a former British Ambassador in Damascus.

 

Former Chief of the General  Staff, Lord Dannatt, discussing the possibility of Nato troops being deployed to Baltic states.

The Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart talking to Tim Cooper about the now vacant position of Chair of Commons Defence Select Committee.

 

Nepal Aid - Yurendra Basnett , Research Fellow from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

 

 

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KATE GERBEAU PRESENTS TODAY
 
(First broadcast on Thursday 7th May 2015 at 4.30pm)
 
70 years on from VE Day...how did the Second World War change the world?
Plus, what’s the experts verdict on what's in store for the NEXT seventy years?
Why the West should understand how Russia’s past has influenced its present
And...how Dynamic Mongoose is taking the North Sea by storm.
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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & Dr Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
Grand Strategy  - looking ahead Professor Malcolm Chalmers from the Royal United Services Institute
Russia/VE Day - Mary Dejevsky (DEJ-EV-SKEE) from The Independent.
EXERCISE MONGOOSE – Dr Paul Rogers
 
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How Gurkha engineers and the RAF are providing aid to Nepal

Trident - why the debate goes on?

There's a new man in charge of Northern Cyprus, will that help the stalled peace talks?

And Britain's Greatest Generation with stories of VE Day and beyond.

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

NEPAL AID EFFORT

Ghurka Welfare Trust chairman; General Sir Peter Wall speaking to James Hirst and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

TRIDENT

Interview with former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Boyce, and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

NEW PRESIDENT OF NORTHERN CYPRUS

Correspondent - Mike Theodoulou

BOOK REVIEW

 

Sue Elliot, Co-Author of "Britain's Greatest Generation

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The Mediterranean migrants crisis…did we heed the warnings?

 

The use of drones -  are we being told everything?

 

100 years on what did we learn from Gallipoli?

 

and…with two weeks to go…what are the main defence issues dominating the election?

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee and former Royal Marine, Major General Julian Thompson.

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

General Sir Nick Parker, former Commander, Land Forces speaking to BFBS reporter James Hirst ahead of the general election on defence issues.

 

 

Book review with author Chris Woods, a former BBC Panorama producer whose new book is Sudden Justice, America’s Secret Drone Wars

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How the US UK Joint Exercise in The States is helping to cement the special relationship.

Russia - The Big Question, should we be frightened of Putin?

Find out about the report on Britain's nuclear deterrent that no-body wants published.

In Syria, Is President Assad still using chlorine and cyanide in attacks against his own people?

And The Election - why no one wants to talk defence.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

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(First broadcast on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 4.30pm)

The Tories want to talk Trident - but what does it mean to voters?

Why is Iran sending ships to Yemen?

Where are North Korea's missing missiles?

And why 2015 is a big year for the Gurkhas...

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

Naval Historian and defence strategist Professor Eric Grove on Trident.

 

Edward Schwarck is a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute specialising in Asia Studies, discussing Japan.

 

Lal Shahi,(POR: Lal Shar-hee) the Manager of BFBS Gurkha Radio service down in Shorncliffe, on the Gurkha 200 Anniversary celebrations.

 

75th Anniversary of the Second World War's 'Battle of Narvik', Ron Cope has written a book on the battle. It's called "Attack at Dawn'

 

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Is President Putin threatening to use nuclear warheads over the Baltic States?
 
Is the MOD's anti-malaria drug safe?
 
Will defence be an election winner on May 7th?
 

 

And Christopher Lee explains what happened to the dead teeth at the Battle of Waterloo.
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(First broadcast on Thursday 26th  March 2015 at 4.30pm)
 
British troops train up Syrian Rebels – is this the start of something bigger?
 
Why are  the Saudis are bombing Yemen.
 
The voice of reason from the Vicar of Baghdad…
 
Does Argentina really fancy another pop at the Falklands?
 
And Richard the Third – were you there when they buried him?
 
 
 
 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee, military strategist Professor Eric Grove.
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Canon Andrew White – known as the Vicar of Baghdad, is in Jerusalem.
 
Chair of House of Commons Defence committee, Rory Stewart speaking to James Hirst
 
Major General Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade, during the Falklands War.
 
 

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(First broadcast on Thursday 19th  March 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

British troops are going to  Ukraine, but what exactly will they do there?

Terror in Tunisia  - why did terrorists target the fledgling democracy?

The budget – good news for veterans and military charities.

Post Traumatic Stress disorder – what happens when it’s the nurse who suffers?

And all aboard, as a new look for navy personnel is announced…

  

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Toops to Ukraine & terror attack in Tunisia, Michael Evans from The Times

 

The Budget – BFBS reporter James Hirst & Michael Evans from The Times

 

Major Lawrence Roche on Exercise Tractable on Salisbury Plain

 

Army Nursing officer Kerrie Pealin discussing her personal experience of Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

 

 

 

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Tony Blair speaks exclusively Sitrep’s Kate Gerbeau ahead of tomorrow’s service of commemoration for the war in Afghanistan at St Paul’s cathedral.

 

Plus: Why is everybody getting obsessed about 2%?

 

And taking the war against IS personally – why former British soldiers want some of the action.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair interview with Kate Gerbeau

 

Professor Malcolm Chalmers who is RUSI’s Director of UK defence policy studies, discussing Britain’s 2% contribution of GCP to NATO.

 

Simon Marks reporting on Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visit to Washington this week.

 

Two former Army officers, Tony Harris and James Banks, debate why former soldiers are heading off to fight IS.

 

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British Troops for Ukraine as Putin’s ships stand off Cyprus.

 

Why a Tory big beast is saying hands off the MoD budget.

 

Jihadi John revealed as Washington pulls off his mask.

 

Could a new Sikh Regiment in the British Army become a reality?

 

And women on the front line – we find out how the Danes do it.

 

"And for a cheeky bit of Sitrep Extra check out the BFBS Radio Facebook Page..."?

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee, and historian and strategic analyst Dr Eric Grove

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Victoria Cross award discussion

 

 

Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Sir Richard Ottaway talking to BFBS reporter  James Hirst about Russia/Ukraine.

 

BFBS reporter  Emma Nelson special report on the role of women in the Danish Army.

 

Sikhs in the British Army Tom Tugendhat  who has served as the

 

Tom Tugendhat, the former military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Richards, discussing the idea of Sikh regiment.

 

 

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Why the Defence Secretary is urging NATO to be ready for any Russian aggression in the Baltic States.

 

How is the Ukraine ceasefire holding up?

 

How should Libya deal with Islamic militants?

 

Are British troops winning in the fight against Ebola in West Africa?

 

And what was it like to live in Kabul at the height of the war in Afghanistan?

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

Michael Bociurkiw  (Bossuhrkyoo) is spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 

 

Oliver Miles, the former British Ambassador to Libya.

 

BFBS reporter Charlotte Cross on the Defence Secretary’s visit to Sierra Leone

 

Heidi Kingstone, author of Despatches from the Kabul Café.

 

 

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There’s a ceasefire in Ukraine - but how long will the guns stay silent?
 
In Syria President Assad talks but what's he actually saying?
 
Why do the media still get the reporting of veterans’ mental health so wrong?
 
And why is it so hard to get support if you're a former service person in Northern Ireland?
 
 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Tim Cooper
 
STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
From Moscow, the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall
 
The Archbiship of Irbil, Bashar Warda interview with James Hirst about the Islamic State
 
Professor Nicola Fear on Veterans’ mental health conference from Kings Centre for Military Health Research have been discussing exactly this...
 

 

Former soldier Doug Beattie and now a UUP Councillor in Northern Ireland, discusses problems with veterans’ welfare in Northern Ireland.
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(First broadcast on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

Is Moscow playing a game of Russian roulette in international affairs?

 

What are the recruitment challenges for the UK military?

 

Why is the MOD spending 30 million on an upgrade to armoured vehicles?

 

Find out what HMS Kent is doing in the Indian Ocean.

 

And the thoughts and memories of the former Royal Naval pilot – who witnessed the Nazi cruelty at a Second World War concentration camp.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

RUSSIA/UKRAINE /EU/NATO

Doctor Andrew Foxall, Director of Russia Studies at the think tank the Henry Jackson Society

 

Air Vice Marshall Mike Harwood discussing manpower

 

 

Defence equipment minister Philip Dunne speaking to BFBS

reporter Will Inglis about  d the UK's armoured vehicles .

 

HMS Kent’s Captain, Commander Andrew Block, discussing the ship’s counter-piracy operations.

 

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY.

Former British serviceman Eric Winkle Brown speaking to Kate Gerbeau

 

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(First broadcast on Thursday 15th January 2015 at 4.30pm)

  

After the Paris terror attacks, the former head of GCHQ explains the fine line between freedom of speech and being spied on

 

Why NATO’s stepping up operations in the Baltic?

 

The Archbishiop of Jos (a prominent archbishop) in Nigeria tells Sitrep why the international community must take action against Boko Haram.

 

And how 15 years of diversity in the Military has changed the British Forces for the better.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Professor Sir David Omand, former head of GCHQ, discussing intelligence and security in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

 

Charlie Winter from Quilliam, looking at counter radicalisation

 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos in Nigeria

 

 

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How British intelligence can help the French capture the Charlie Hebdo (pro: Heb-doh) assassins.
 
Why the US Airforce is pulling out of Mildenhall.
 
Russia rethinks how to use its military, so do we need to rethink ours?
 
Can the Reserve Forces increase their numbers in 2015?
 
Australian Historian Peter Fitzsimons (pro: Fitz Simons as in boys name) discusses his new book “Gallipoli”.
 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with former Lib Dem leader Sir Ming Campbell who sits on the intelligence and security committee
 
BFBS reporter Tim Cooper speaks to  the former first Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West about Russia’s new military doctrine.
 
Julian Brazier ,Minister for the Reserves, discusses recruiting issues
 
Australian Historian Peter Fitzsimons discusses his new book “Gallipoli”.
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