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.
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The Head of MI6 ‘C’ speaks publicly for the first time – and warns that Russia's actions in Syria will have tragic consequences...

Find out what the PM, Teresa May got up to in Bahrain and what the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said about Saudi Arabia

Plus - how NATO and the EU have overcome years of rivalry to work more closely together

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Other interviews

HEAD OF MI6

BFBS Reporter James Hirst and Sir David Omand, a former Director of GCHQ

BAHRAIN/SAUDI ARABIA

BFBS Reporter James Hirst interview with Teresa May and analysis by Professor Michael Clarke former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

IRAQ/SYRIA

Professor Michael Clarke former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

EU & NATO

Professor Michael Clarke former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

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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The MOD is proposing a major change to the way service personnel and their families are housed.  This week Sitrep look at the pros and cons and speaks exclusively to the head of the army, General Sir Nick Carter about housing and the current state of the Army.

Also this week, shipbuilding  - why has the government been told to get a grip?  Sitrep also hears from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones,

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Other interviews

SERVICES’ HOUSING

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Banks

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nick Carter

SHIPBUILDING

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones

Naval Historian and security analyst Professor Eric Grove.

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, 24th November

 

President-elect Trump is putting his cabinet together – but who’ll be the new Secretary of State for Defense?

 

Where’s Russia heading with its nuclear trains?

 

Why the NATO Secretary General says he has confidence that America will continue to support the Alliance.

 

What's the latest from Mosul?

 

And what does the Chancellors Autumn Statement mean for the military?

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

Other interviews 24th November

 

Trump Cabinet

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Conservative MP and Army Reservist Tom Tugendhat

 

RUSSIA

Former British Ambassador to Russia, Sir Tony Brenton

 

NATO

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

MOSUL

Michael Pregent, former US intelligence officer and now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute

 

AUTUMN STATEMENT

BFBS Reporter, James Hirst

 

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 Thursday 10TH November

America has voted and Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

So what next?

This week Sitrep looks at what this means for the rest of the world….

Will the new President stick with old alliances or forge new ones?

Will he sign up to NATO?

What does this mean for US military commitments around the world?

Those are just some of the questions Kate Gerbeau will be asking a panel of experts.

You can listen at 1830, Thursday on Forces Radio, BFBS.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Karin Von Hippel = Director of the Royal United Services Institute

Mike Evans, former Times Pentagon Correspondent

BFBS reporter James Hirst

Simon Marks from Feature Story in Washington.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 3rd November

 

Cyber warfare – a huge investment was announced this week but who are we protecting ourselves from?

 

Iraq – a special insight into what went on post-invasion in 2003.

 

America goes to the polls and but is the FBI calling the vote?

 

The Russian Aircraft carrier - can it really swing the war for Assad?

 

And poppies, why is there always a row?

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Tim Cooper

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

CYBER SECURITY

Dr Madeline Carr of Cardiff University

 

IRAQ

Sir Jeremy Greenstock , formerly the UK's Permanent Representative to the UN, and Britain's lead administrator in Iraq in the aftermath of the coalition invasion.

 

US ELECTIONS

Michael Stathis, Professor of politics at the University of Southern Utah.

 

KUTZNETZOV -RUSSIA

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

POPPIES

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

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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*** TIM COOPER PRESENTS TODAY ***

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 27th  October

 

NATO expresses concern at Russian aggression and  the UK is deploying more forces to eastern Europe – what’s the significance of the latest announcements?

 

Iraqi forces continue to push towards Mosul -  but what will happen after the city is retaken?

 

The met office celebrates 100 years of military weather forecasting …..

 

And Ian Hislop speaks about his play based on a newspaper created by soldiers at the Battle of the Somme.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Tim Cooper

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

NATO BALTICS

Tony King, Professor in War Studies at the University of Warwick

 

UKRAINE

or Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society

 

MOSUL

Dr Lina Khatib - Head of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House

 

MET OFFICE

Catherine Ross, Archivist at the Met Office

 

WIPERS TIMES

Ian Hislop

 

 

 

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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Could what happens in Mosul determine Iraq’s future?

 

Why investment into Cyber defence is critical to prevent an attack on the UK’s military equipment and systems.

 

Plus: What happened in Vegas in The final TV showdown for Trump and Clinton

 

And – your chance to crack secret codes from GCHQ.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

MOSUL

Michael Pregent (Pree-gent) a former US intelligence officer and now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute - a US think tank

 

CYBER

Professor Michael Clarke, forrmer Director General of the Royal United Service Institute.

 

US ELEX DEBATE

Simon Marks from Feature Story News.

 

GCHQ PUZZLE BOOK

Mike, one of the authors and puzzle creators.

 

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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Discussions are underway about further British military action to combat the crisis in Syria,

In Yemen, the humanitarian situation worsens as Iran becomes involved.

Find out what keeps The Chief of the Air Staff awake at night.

And we hear from the latest in a quick succession of Labour Shadow Defence Ministers

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

SYRIA/RUSSIA

Former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR STEPHEN HILLIER

Interview with BFBS Reporter James Hirst..

YEMEN

Former British Ambassador to Yemen and now head of the Middle East Region at Christian Aid.

SHADOW LABOUR DEFENCE SECRETARY NIA GRIFFITH

Kate Gerbeau interview

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, 6th October

 

How long can Russia’s President Putin support President Assad in Syria?

 

The Prime Minister says British Forces are a special case when it comes to human rights prosecutions - but is she right?

 

Plus, find out what HMS Ocean is doing on Exercise Albanian Lion.

 

And, what's it REALLY like to work for MI5?  A former soldier gives us an insider’s view

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

SYRIA/RUSSIA/US

Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford

And BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

EXERCISE ALBANIAN LION

Captain Rob Pedre commander of HMS Ocean,

 

HUMAN RIGHTS/BRITISH FORCES

BFBS Reporter James Hirst talking to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

 

Soldier, Spy – book review

Former Mi5 agent, Tom Marcus - author of Soldier, Spy

 

 

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, 29th  September (Kate presents)

 

Why is the RAF sending Typhoons to South Korea?

 

Who's winning the war of words over Syria - Moscow or Washington?

 

What's the Big Idea which will shape the future of the British Army?

 

And, Yemen's forgotten war - is Saudi Arabia targeting civilians using British made bombs?

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On the show this week:

British troops face a fresh wave of criminal investigations into alleged abuse in Afghanistan.

Could Islamic State will be out of Iraq within months?

In a world at war, yesterday was world peace day – but who knew?

UN Peacekeeping - who writes the rules for the soldiers on the ground?

And are you looking for a new job?  Try MI6  -  find out more on Sitrep.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

IHAT – criminal investigations

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Banks

HCDC Report – Lewis

BFBS Reporter James Hirst interview with Commons Defence Committee Chairman Julian Lewis.

Syria Ceasefire

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

UN Peacekeeping

Colonel Richard Westley, talks about his new book "Operation Insanity: The Dramatic True Story of the Mission that Saved Ten Thousand Lives."

World peace

Dan Smith who is Director of SIPRI - that's the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 15th  September

 

In Syria the cease-fire appears to holding, but will it make any difference long-term?

 

There are fresh calls for a new European Army - but not everyone wants one.

 

It's a hundred years since the first tank went into battle, do we still need them today

 

And why the American military is facing an obesity crisis.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

SYRIA CEASEFIRE

Hamish de Bretton Gordon, a former Army Officer who now advises NGOs in Syria, and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

EU DEFENCE

anthony King is Professor of War Studies at the University of Warwick.

 

DEFENCE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT ON RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

100 YEARS OF TANKS

David Willey is Curator of the Tank Museum

 

FAT US TROOPS

Former Royal Marine, triple amputee and now peak performance coach Mark Ormrod.

 

 

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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Keeping the peace – what’s happening at the UN Peacekeeping Conference in London?

Find out about the US Presidential candidates’ defence policies,

And, how Russia might try and disrupt the American elections. 

Also this week, is the IS propaganda machine running out of steam?

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

UN Peacekeeping Conference

BFBS reporter James Hirst

South Sudan

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

US Presidential elections

Simon Marks from Feature Story News

Russia spying

Dana Priest, an investigative writer for the Washington Post

ISIS Media

Charlie Winter, associate fellow for the International Centre for Counter-terrorism, at the Hague

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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Why the former head of the Army has apologised over the malaria drug.

Why Pakistan has a crucial role to play in Afghanistan’s stability.

Why employers are being given an insight into Army training in Croatia

And, should British military personnel who are wounded or killed in service be awarded with a medal based on America's Purple Heart?

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: TIM COOPER

Studio guests: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & military historian, Major General Julian Thompson.

OTHER INTERVIEWS

LARIAM

Colonel Andrew Marriott (who was prescribed lariam)

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee. & military historian Major General Julian Thompson.

AFGHANISTAN

Anthony King is Professor in War Studies at the University of Warwick.

PAKISTAN

Kyle Orton - a Middle East analyst and Research Fellow with the think tank the Henry Jackson Society.

EU ARMY

Military historian Major General Julian Thompson.

CROATIA/Army Reserves

BFBS Reporter Ali Gibson

MILITARY MEDAL

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

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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On this week’s (today’s) SITREP, presenter Tim Cooper is joined by our defence analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford.

 

On the table for discussion are the latest developments involving the Turkish military in northern Syria. We have an exclusive report from northern Iraq where British forces are training local fighters in the battle against IS militants.

 

Plus we find out more about the small boats that formed a special unit of the Royal Navy – and played a key part in the Second World War.

 

(Broadcast times etc as stated previously)

 

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 18th August

 

Is Putin spreading his wings across Europe and is Nato’s response enough?

 

Are the Chinese really sending spies to Hinkley Point?

 

Why MI6 will miss the UK's top Jihadist PR man.

 

Why did UN troops ignore rape victims in South Sudan?

 

And medals and flag waving in Rio - the non-military tattoo.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: KATE GERBEAU

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

RUSSIA/PUTIN

International commentator and former presenter of the BBC's The World Tonight Robin Lustig, and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

CHINESE SPIES

Anthony Glees, Professor of politics at Buckingham University

 

CHOUDARY

International commentator and former presenter of the BBC's The World Tonight Robin Lustig.

 

SOUTH SUDAN

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

 

NORTH KOREA DEFECTION

International commentator and former presenter of the BBC's The World Tonight Robin Lustig.

 

 

OLYMPICS

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

 

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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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: TIM COOPER

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 11th August

In Afghanistan  - could  the Taliban be about to take back control of Lashkar Gar?

In Syria – a humanitarian crisis emerges and Assad launches barrel bomb strikes

Russia re-boots its armed forces, there’s no junk and it's all hi-tech.

And, an audience with the Chilcot Report...The Iraq Inquiry gets the Edinburgh Fringe treatment.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: TIM COOPER

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

11th August

AFGHANISTAN

Military analyst Eric Grove and BFBS defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

SYRIA

Fawaz Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics

RUSSIA TURKEY

Military analyst Eric Grove and BFBS defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

RUSSIA CAPABILITY

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff.

CHILCOT AT THE FRINGE

BFBS reporter, Ali Gibson at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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, 4th August

Five years ago President Obama told President Assad to step aside as Syria's leader.  So why is the war still raging in Syria?

There are calls for the Royal Navy to help the UK Border Force patrol Britain’s seas – but are  there enough ships to cope?

And forget Rio, the Russians are racing tanks in their own back yard.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

USS Dwight D Eisenhower

BFBS reporter Simon Newton on board the American aircraft carrier

IS

Professor Paul Rogers' new book  "Irregular War ISIS and the new threat from the margins."  Looking at the global IS threat

MARITIME SECURITY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Paul Rogers, from dept for Peace Studies at Bradford University.

NORTH KOREA

Professor Paul Rogers, from dept for Peace Studies at Bradford University.

BELIZE

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

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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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 28th July

 

In this week’s Sitrep….

 

The US and Russia aim for closer military co-operation over Syria air-strikes -but will it work?

 

It’s official - Clinton's going head to head with Trump for the White House.

 

Is the Army falling short on recruitment?

 

And the language of terrorism, how should the media report it?

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

28th July

 

US RUSSIA SYRIA

Michael Stathis - Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Southern Utah University & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

US ELEX

Michael Stathis - Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Southern Utah University & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

REPORTING TERROR

writer and broadcaster Robin Lustig.

 

RECRUITING AND RESERVES

BFBS Reporter James Hirst speaking to Retired Lieutenant General Robin Brims.

 

CGS

General Sir Nick Carter, interview with Charlotte Banks.

 

Baltic Fleet

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

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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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS,  21st July

 

Why Donald Trump says he will put America’s needs ahead of NATO if he becomes president

 

Turkey - what's happened to the Generals and who's in charge of the nuclear bombs?

 

Is France Europe's easiest terrorist target?

 

The latest Navy Frigate - will it ever float?

 

And why the General wants recruits to walk the walk.

 

 

TRUMP - NATO

Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington.

& BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

TURKEY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

FRANCE TERROR

Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the University of Buckingham's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies

 

SHIPS AND FRIGATES

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

CGS

General Sir Nick Carter, interview with  Charlotte Banks.

 

HMS Ambush

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

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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A new era for British Politics starts today but where does Teresa May stand on defence?

After the Iraq inquiry what does Tony Blair have to say to British troops?

Why the Service Complaints’ Commissioner says it’s not all about bullying and harassment....

And Sitrep look ahead to next week’s vote on whether to replace the Trident Nuclear Weapons system.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

POLITICS

BFBS Correspondent at Westminster, James Hirst & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

TRIDENT

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

CHILCOT REPORT

Interview with Tony Blair.

NATO summit

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINE

Hannah Bryce, Assistant Head of International Security at Chatham House

SERVICE COMPLAINTS’ COMMISSIONER

BFBS Reporter Tim Cooper

 

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 - the Chilcot Report

Join Kate Gerbeau, Christopher Lee and a panel of defence experts for reaction & analysis of the long awaited Chilcot Report.


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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**KATE PRESENTS**

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 30th June

 

 

BREXIT – what are the implications for defence,

 

Why NATO is more important than ever.

 

Why Britain is sending more troops to Iraq as Fallujah falls.

 

The countdown to Chilcot - the full story of Britain's part in the Iraq War

 

And remembering the Somme – 100 years on 

Britain is leaving the European Union.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

BREXIT

 

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director General of the Royal United Services Institute and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

TROOPS TO IRAQ

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

CHILCOT REPORT

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

Battle of the Somme

A Walk Throught Delville Woods – Mikaela Roche

 

'Too Important for the Generals’ Book review

By former soldier, now historian and author Allan Mallinson

 

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In today's programme...(presented by Kate Gerbeau)

Why the fallout from the fighting in Fallujah is leading to a humanitarian crisis.

Should you be angry or reassured that the security services could soon have the power to legally hack into our smartphones.......?

The head of the Army talks about the progression of women in the forces.

And...Armed Forces Day - we look ahead to a national celebration of our Armed Forces

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

FALLUJAH

Defence Analyst Christopher Lee and former Sky News Foreign and Diplomatic Correspondent Tim Marshall.

SPIES

Professor David Omand, former head of GCHQUS TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

WOMEN IN THE ARMY

BFBS Reporter Shirley Swain interviews the head of the Army, General Sir Nick Carter.

ARMED FORCES DAY

BFBS Reporter Tim Cooper previews the weekend’s celebrations

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Is there a new cold war?  And what’s the view from Moscow?

Could the US increase its military presence in Afghanistan?

Weapons of the future – find out about the new automated drone.

Plus PTSD - is enough being done?

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

16th June

NATO

Professor Michael Clarke until recently the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

NATO RUSSIA

Dr Dererk Averre from the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian studies at the University of Birmingham.

US TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

Professor Michael Clarke until recently the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

DRONES

Featrure on The Taranis at BAE Systems, by BFBS reporter Kate Wathall

PTSD

Matthew Green is a journalist who blogs about PTSD

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The biggest movement of Western Allied troops since fall of the Soviet Union is taking place right on Russia's borders, Sitrep finds out who’s there, what’s there and why we’re there.

Is Russia about to launch a wipe out mission of IS in Syria?

Hilary Clinton’s done it, & now the real battle begins in the race for the White House.

Why the Royal Navy's old and bold are saying the UK hasn't enough warships and there's no money for more.

And the grandest of all the living Admirals of the fleet, Prince Philip is 95 and still under full sail.

And the Duke of Edinburgh at 95

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

Ex ANAKONDA

Alistair Bunkall from Sky News, BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee, Dr Martin McCauley, a Soviet and Russian analyst from University College London

SYRIA/RUSSIA/IS

Dr Martin McCauley, a Soviet and Russian analyst from University College London

Royal Navy Funding

Former First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope

Former First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West

Hilary Clinton

Simon Marks from Feature Story in Washington.

PRINCE PHILIP AT 95

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 2nd June

 

 

The fight to take back Fallujah and the key role the RAF is playing.

 

Is the UK is at risk from terrorists via the English channel?

 

Afghanistan: why is the world is looking the other way.

 

Two former generals battle it out & give their unique perspective on the EU referendum.

 

And…remembering Jutland 100 years on

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

IRAQ - FALLUJAH

BFBS reporter Simon Newton in Cyprus & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

AFGHANISTAN – Amnesty report

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

BURUNDI

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

ENGLISH CHANNEL  - SECURITY GAP

Former first sea Lord, Lord West

 

JUTLAND 100

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones

 

EU REFERENDUM – a military point of view

General Sir Mike Jackson was Chief of the General Staff at the time of the Iraq War and believes Britain should stay in the EU,

Major General Julian Thompson led 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War and wants Britain to vote leave.

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 26th May
 

Are British special forces operating in Libya?


Britain boosts its contribution to the international coalition in Iraq and Syria in the ongoing fight against IS.

 

As President Obama continues his global long goodbye tour - Sitrep takes a look at America's position in the world.

 

And, onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the Royal Navy's incoming aircraft carriers, as she welcomes her first Commanding Officer.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

AMERICA'S VIEW

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

IS LIBYA

Former British Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles

 

IRAQ

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

TALIBAN

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

HMS Queen Elizabeth

BFBS Reporter Ali Gibsons speaks to Captain Jerry Kyd, CO of

Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth

 

 

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British guns for Libya but what does Egypt think?

What’s behind the increase in violence in Baghdad?

Find out all about the new missile for the F35 stealth fighters.

Plus, how happy are you with your life in the Forces?

And, fact or Fiction? The former General who's put his worries about Russia into a novel...

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

LIBYA/EGYPT

David D. Kirkpatrick in Cairo, a middle east correspondent for the New York Times and associate fellow at RUSI.

BAGHDAD BOMBS

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

BURUNDI

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

THE BRITISH FORCES & MORALE

BFBS reporter, James Hirst

SPEAR MISSILE

Defence Procurement Minister, Phillip Dunne & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

GENERAL SHIRREFF - NOVEL

General Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, interview with BFBS reporter James Hirst.

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Corruption – is it a reason to go to war?

Why the threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in the UK has been raised?

Why the New First Sea Lord has an in-tray full of problems

The Invictus Games - who wins when no one loses?

And what does Putin think of Trump?

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

CORRUPTION

Broadcaster and journalist Robin Lustig & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Northern Ireland Terror

Northern Ireland commentator Chris Ryder

BURUNDI

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Royal Navy 1st Sea Lord

Military analyst and Naval historian Eric Grove.

Missile Defence Shield

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

DONALD TRUMP

Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington.

THE INVICTUS GAMES

BFBS reporter Richard Hutchinson and former Royal Marine, Cassidy Little

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 5th May

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Iraq  - why is Britain planning to send more troops?

If Europe had its own army what would happen to Nato?

Burundi in crisis, could this be another Rwanda?

Find out why North Korea’s leader is having a party.

And coming up Trump: everyone said he couldn't...but he has.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

IRAQ TROOPS

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

EU DEFENCE/NATO

Dr James Corum, defence academic and military historian from the University of Salford

BURUNDI

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

NORTH KOREA

David Slinn who was the first British Ambassador to North Korea

DONALD TRUMP

Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington.

ASHMORE

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 28th April

 

 

Is it right to keep quiet about foreign policy?

 

Is the "Special Relationship" between the USA and Britain still going strong?

 

When 14 became one - the amalgamation of the Scottish Regiments, ten years on.

 

Why a long military career could be good for your state of mind…

 

And Flipper joins the Russian Navy – find out why in today’s Sitrep.

 

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Are the MoD cooking the books?

 

The Government has no plans to send British combat troops to Libya...but is that the whole truth?

 

A NATO Security chief warns of IS bombers putting explosives inside their own bodies.

 

Why Russia has ambitions towards the Arctic region…..

 

And Obama's in town to wish the Queen a Happy 90th Birthday, but what does he really think of Britain?

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The Chilcot Report - why's it taking so long?

Obama says Libya was his worst mistake - but should The West intervene again?

The UN's looking for a new Secretary General - who's up for the job?

Could fast living and fast thinking means snap decisions on security and more wars?

And Ex-Detect - the new anti-terrror device that could have prevented the Brussels attacks

Direct download: Sitrep_20160414.mp3
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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 7th April

 

Why Nato needs America to stay strong.

 

Can Afghan forces retake Sangin from the Taliban?

 

Libya?  Democracy or blood revenge?

 

Why are British troops hitting the desert in Jordan

 

And the British spy who never came in from the cold.

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Tim Cooper

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 24th March

In today’s Sitrep – Which British intelligence agency is chasing jihadist bombers?

Will a new government help to stabilize Libya and counter the IS threat in the region?

Does Russia have the upper hand over the West in key military and communications areas?

 

And Continental Shelves - explained.  Why Argentina reckons its on to a winner with the Falklands.

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Terror in Europe, first Paris, now Brussels, where next?

Trump lashes out at NATO and the UN.

Why defence is still an election issue in Scotland.

 

And the legacy of 1916....Ireland Commemorates but does Britain ignore?

 

 

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In today's programme - a warning from a top security official that Europe is dealing with the migration crisis in a “messy way”.

It’s been five years since the unrest in Syria began, but will the renewed peace talks work and why the sudden Russian withdrawal?

 

Street fighters - why the Army thinks urban warfare training is vital.

 

And why RFA Lyme Bay is "Ship of the Year".

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 10th March

 

Thousands of secret ISIS membership details are leaked...how big a coup is it for the security services?

 

Why violence is on the increase in Northern Ireland and Libya is struggling against threats from Islamic extremists.

 

Predicting the future in world events...are the so called experts losing their touch?

 

Plus: women in the British Army could be seen in combat roles within months.

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 3rd March

 

The man who says the President got it wrong on IS.

 

The Brecon Beacons deaths - why is the MOD off the hook?

 

Find out what 3 Rifles are up to in Louisana

 

And Super Tuesday, could Donald Trump be the next Commander in Chief of American Armed Forces?

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

IRAQ/IS FAILURES

David Kilcullen, former senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in 2007 and 2008, where he helped design and monitor the Iraq War troop surge.

 

NATO/PUTIN

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

NORTH KOREA

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

BRECON BEACON DEATHS

Legal commentator Joshua Rosenberg

 

EXERCISE RATTLESNAKE

BFBS Reporter Ali Gibson

 

Super Tuesday

Simon Marks from Feature Story News

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Brexit - who’s in and who’s out in the world of defence

 

Will the Syrian ceasefire work?

 

The day the Russians condemned Stalin – could Putin be next?

 

How the Australians have increased their defence budget thanks to China.

 

And tributes to Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown - the UK's greatest ever test pilot, who died earlier this week.

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

EU DEFENCE LETTER

BFBS Reporter James Hirst & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

SYRIA CEASEFIRE

Doris Carrion, a Research Associate from the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

KRUSHCHEV

Dr Martin McCauley is a Soviet and Russian historian from University College London

 

WINKLE BROWN

Tributes to Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown - described as the UK's greatest ever test pilot who dies aged 97 last weekend.

 

Direct download: Sitrep_20160225.mp3
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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Is Assad winning the Syrian War?

 

Does Putin’s bombing campaign make him a war criminal?

 

If the UK pulls out of the EU, what happens to NATO?

 

A special report from Exercise Ascari Storm 2016 - the largest ever deployment of reservists in an overseas exercise.

 

And what makes a defence secretary go to the Falklands?

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 11th February

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

NATO’s sending ships to help with the European migrant crisis but could they get drawn into the fight against IS?

 

In North Korea another general is executed so what exactly is the Dear Leader up to? 

 

What’s wrong with the Navy’s Type 45s?

 

And, how the British Army can learn from the Greek tragedy....

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 4th February

 

As the Syrian peace talks are suspended Sitrep looks at the spread of IS in Afghanistan and Libya.

 

Find out all you need to know about the new Chiefs of Staff at the MoD

 

Why the USA is proposing an increase in military spending for Europe.

 

And what do YOU think of the Army’s new TV ads?

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US General Jon Allen says Afghanistan can't beat the Taliban without a new air force.

Syria - are tomorrow's talks already dead in the water?

Britain's arms sales to Saudi Arabia, are they being used against Yemen?

A special report from Earthquake hit Nepal - nine months on.

And Forces Charities - is the public going cool?  You can hear the COBSEO Chairman, Lt Gen Sir Andrew Ridgway's thoughts on this and the current isues faced by the sector.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

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Trident - the Government gets its Vanguards in a row.

Who killed the Russian spy Litvinenko? Find out what the official inquiry says…


The new Service Complaints Ombudsman explains how she plans to deal with bullying and harassment.

 

And 25 years on Flight Lieutenant John Peters remembers his capture by Saddam's forces 25 years on.



PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 14th January

 

Aid finally gets through to Syria’s starving but should the RAF be doing more?

Is Helmand a lost cause? Sitrep hears from Britain’s Ambassador in Kabul who says it’s not.

It’s five years since the Arab Spring uprisings began – but has it done more harm than good?

And, why there’s a growing need for health care for our military veterans

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

AFGHANISTAN

The British Ambassador to Kabul, Karen Pierce

 

SYRIA – HOMS TRUCE

Hamish de Bretton Gordon is a chemical weapons expert who advises NGOs working in Iraq and Syria.

 

STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

ARAB SPRING 5 YEARS

Broadcaster Robin Lustig

 

VETERANS HEALTH  

BFBS Reporter Kaija Larke

 

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How can MI5 keep track of returning IS terrorists?

Did North Korea really test a Hydrogen bomb?

What does the Government’s announcement on Armed Forces pay mean for you?

Plus: Sitrep meets Labour’s new shadow defence minister Emily Thornberry

And, after 70 years, it’s goodbye Hohne………….

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