BFBS Radio Sitrep (general)
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.

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee -

Is India now a super-power?

How London and Moscow are trying to improve relations.

Plus, why do people leave the armed forces?  And what should the Mod do to increase retention

And, how one part of Brexit IS happening on time tomorrow.

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This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

It's 2019 and if you're a woman, you can now apply to do every single job in the British Armed Forces.

We celebrate International Women's Day by hearing from some of the top female voices in defence, including:

  • Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.
  • Colonel Lucy Giles, President of the Army Selection Board.
  • Madeleine Moon MP, a long-serving member of the House of Commons Defence Committee who says the Ministry of Defence isn't doing enough to recruit more women.
  • Commodore Ellie Ablett MBE, who founded the Naval Servicewomen's Network.
  • Maria Stuttaford who has been studying the impact of the unpaid work done by military wives.

And Sarah Brown, Chair of Theirworld and wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks about a forgotten casualty of war; the education of girls.

 

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28th February

This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

President Trump and Kim Jong-un have said no deal this time on nuclear warheads.  We hear from Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan University in South Korea and Professor Michael Stathis from the University of Southern Utah in the USA.

Why has nobody managed to find a solution to the conflict over Kashmir?  Dr Dan Plesch from SOAS at the University of London explains.

The UN's highest court says Britain should end its control of the Chagos Islands, but what about Diego Garcia where the US keeps its B-52 Bombers?

Officer cadets at Sandhurst are trained by the Red Cross.  It's to teach them how to work with humanitarian agencies in conflict zones. Retired Brigadier Ian McLoed has worked for the ICRC for 20 years and explains why this is so important.

And the former soldier who says his optician refused to make a note of his military service on his medical records.  We hear from Hugh Milroy the CEO of Veterans Aid about the confusion over the Armed Forces Covenant.

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21st February

This week on Sitrep with Tim Cooper and Christopher Lee:

Putin has told Moscow's federal assembly that Russia will deploy new weapons and aim them at the west if the US deploys new short and medium-range missiles in Europe.  So what's Putin's game?  We hear from RUSI's Professor Mark Galleotti and writer on Russian affairs Mary Dejevsky.

Simon Marks reports from Washington on President Trump's plans to give US nuclear powered technology to Saudi Arabia, a sworn enemy of Israel.  Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford explains what this could mean.

The UK's signed a new military pact with Oman which will allow Royal Navy ships and submarines to dock in a new port being built there, putting British "East of Suez" plans into action.

And we mark LGBTQ History Month with a look ahead to next week's special programmes on Forces Radio BFBS including an interview with Caroline Paige, the first transgender officer to serve openly in the British Armed Forces.

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In (today’s) Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

Are Islamic State really defeated in Syria or is it wishful thinking by President Trump?

The UK hosts the Nato’s 70th summit later this year – is it chance to modernise the alliance?

Find out why there are now more Gurkhas joining the British Army than in the past 30 years.

And as we wave goodbye to the Tornado, Sitrep looks at how it will compare to other “iconic” RAF aircraft

That’s all in  Sitrep, Thurs at 6.30 UK time, or listen to the Podcast at any time.

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What’s behind last weekend’s car bomb in Londonderry?  We speak to Dr Marisa McGlinchey whose forthcoming book "Unfinished Business: The politics of Dissident Irish Republicanism" is out soon.

 

President Trump and North Korea are planning another summit  - but is North Korea still developing nuclear warheads?  Sitrep looks at the meeting from both the US and North Korean perspective with Robert E Kelly, Professor of Political Science at Pusan University in South Korea and Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern Utah.

 

Michael Stathis also comments on the US shutdown and how it’s affecting defence and security.

 

And Glynn Prysor from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission talks to us about memorials and why they get vandalised.

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In this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

 

In today’s programme Sitrep hears from the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, and General Sir Nick Carter,  the Chief of the defence staff  who is rated by many as one of the best modernisers in the army

 

The carnage in Yemen - is there a chance to bring some hope to more than a hundred thousand people made homeless and starving as a result of this war?

 

Why the Afghan interpreters for the British Army fear that they or their families may be killed if the UK sends them back home

 

And has the navy scooped the PR opportunity of the year?  Find out, in today’s Sitrep

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In this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

Should we be banning one of China’s biggest telecoms firms from involvement in Britain’s next-generation mobile networks? The head of MI6 is asking that question, and many of Britain’s global security partners have already taken action – should the UK follow suit?

As Russia threatens to escalate missile production – are we heading into a new Cold War era?

Could climate change create a security crisis triggering a military response?

Plus the ethic of autonomous weapons – as the Army tests a potential killer robot.

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The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson speaks to Sitrep about Ukraine, the Navy and Brexit

 

Will NATO get involved as tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine?

 

The new F35s have been on exercise off the North Sea….

 

And, a pocket guide to UK defence, all you need to know in a nutshell.

 

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In this week’s episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee….

Has the Matthew Hedges’ case made for tricky relations between Britain and the UAE?   

Is it time to ditch the Russian-American missile treaties and start again?

It’s Thanksgiving in America but is it a bad time to say thank you?

And the Armed Forces Covenant - what has it done for you?

 

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In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…..

Brexit – what happens to the military?  Is the Defence Budget threatened and what about NATO?

Does Britain still have influence in the Middle East and has the US lost its global military edge ?

Plus - how does the MoD monitor big defence contracts?

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In today’s Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee…..

As the US prepares to walk away from a nuclear pact with Russia — should we be worried?

A Brexit deal’s agreed for Gibraltar — but what if there’s no deal?

Plus the continuing political row over the treatment of veterans of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and we’re in Australia with

And a special report from the Invictus Games in Australia, hearing from some of those taking part, and some of their supporters...

 

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In this episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

Britain accuses Russia of cyber-attacks.  We hear from Sky’s defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall in The Hague plus analysis from Professor Paul Rogers from the university of Bradford.

British troops make history by joining in Japanese war games for the first time. We hear from Paul Madden, the British Ambassador to Tokyo.

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson tells us why he’s sending the Royal Marines back out into the snow.

And the human faces behind RAF Drone warfare with the author of Reaper Force, Dr Peter Lee.

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In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee

Is the Syrian war over, and if so - who runs the peace?

Why the Taliban are talking peace to an unlikely mediator…

Could Russian hackers fix the next general election?

And… Flying high at a hundred.

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In this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee………..

The two Novichok suspects make a public appearance on Russian TV – is Putin playing games with the UK?

Why a British General says don’t write of IS….

Why we need a new counter-terrorism organisation.

And spy stories from behind the iron curtain from a former SAS soldier.

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In  this week’s Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee………..

 

Why Turkey poses a potential threat to the stability of NATO.

 

The leaders of north and south Korea have agreed to meet for the third time this year - what’s likely to be on the agenda?

 

Plus, after an especially violent week in Afghanistan, Sitrep has a special report from Camp Bastion - four years after the last British troops left

 

And, how can the UK protect itself against the risk of a military threat from the Arctic Circle?

 

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In this episode presented by Tim Cooper…

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson started the week in Kenya where agreements are being drawn up for Army training to continue there.  As well as meeting troops and their families at BATUK Headquarters in Kenya, he met the men and women running UK funded courses to prevent sexual violence in war. We have a report from Laura Makin-Isherwood.

Also… The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says he has the best job in Whitehall – is he right?

As MPs pack their cases for their summer holidays, we look at the outstanding defence issues they’ve put on hold with Editor of Defense Analysis Francis Tusa.

The war of words between Trump and Iran’s President Rouhani – we’re joined by Professor Wyn Bowen who is Head of the School of Security Studies at King's College London.

And we talk about the remains of US soldiers brought back to the United States 70 years after the war in Korea.

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In Sitrep – it’s a big week for defence stories and in today’s Sitrep Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee look at threats to the defence budget.

Find out why Number 10’s  in a Grump with Trump over Putin.

NATO’s boss praises the UK but does anyone care?

Will Brexit black-out Britain's Euro Security pact?

And The RAF police the skies over Romania……

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In this episode Kate Gerbeau talks to Matthew Morris who is the UK spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross about the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen.  BFBS defence Analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Michael Clarke formerly of RUSI join the conversation too to discuss the fact that the UK is a major supplier of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

 

Kate, Christopher and Professor Clarke also discuss the meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and what might happen next.  They also talk about Trump and the G7.

 

You’ll also hear from reporter Ali Gibson who has been to see the huge NATO training exercise Saber Strike.

 

Also what happened to the missing Royal Marine Allan Addis who disappeared in the Falkland Islands nearly 38 years ago?  The Forces TV team have been investigating the case for a new documentary.

 

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On again, off again -- will the US/North Korea summit actually happen?

After Donald Trump abruptly cancelled the talks, now it seems they're back on -- Sitrep assess the likely next moves.

Plus the mysterious case of the Russian journalist who came back from the dead.

The latest campaign on behalf of Britain's nuclear test veterans, as officials face calls to apologise.

Six months into the job - how is Gavin Williamson doing?

And, we hear from the Sergeant-Major who wants to spend more time listening to soldiers.

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The North Korean summit – has Trump underestimated the Koreans?  We hear from Professor Robert E Kelly from

the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan University in South Korea.

 

Are British pilots flying in a military muddle in the middle east?  We hear the realities of Operation Shader from Air Vice-Marshall Johnny Stringer as he briefs MPs

 

Back to Bosnia - why a former army officer turned GP, Dr Jonathan Leach has returned to Srebrenica.

 

Why the story of the Damnbusters Raid still has legendary status 75 years on - Steve Darlow, Ambassador for the RAF Benevolent Fund as well as a bomber command historian and author explains.

 

Why the military stands guard over the Royal wedding and which uniform will Prince Harry wear?

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This week’s episode looks at the mounting tensions in the Middle East after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement.  Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee talk to Professor Rosemary Hollis from City University, London, Emeritis Professor Colin Schindler from SOAS, University of London and Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford.

 

The Chief Executive of Save the Children, Kevin Watkins explains why the UK should become a global leader in protecting civilians in armed conflict.

 

HM Naval Base Clyde celebrates its 50th anniversary. We hear from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

 

The military historian Antony Beevor talks about his latest book: Arnhem, The Battle of the Bridges 1944

 

And what’s the story behind the man who is the new Head of the Army? Lt General Mark Carleton Smith.

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Could Britain be about to go to war in Syria after the weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

 

If that’s the case, the Sitrep team ask what would be the main aim of conflict?   If British forces take part - what will they be asked to do?  And will this be an open ended commitment?

 

Also this episode – Could Russia respond to any attack on Syria by using Cyber warfare and if so is Britain ready to deal with a category one attack.

 

Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee are joined by Professor Michael Clarke formerly the Director General of The Royal United Services Insitute, Hamish de Bretton Gordon the chemical weapons expert and former army officer and Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington

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In this episode hosted by Tim Cooper with BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee we mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.  Tim talks to Major General Julian Thompson, a former Royal Marine who commanded troops in South Armagh in 1976.  You’ll hear what it was like at the height of the troubles and why the agreement could be affected by Brexit.

Also… 

Salisbury attack: Alexander Nekrassov, a former advisor to the Kremlin has some strong opinions about the Salisbury Novichok poisoning. 

One year till Brexit: Defence writer Sebastian Schulte gives the German view of Britain’s European defence and security relationships.

New Chief of Defence Staff:  General Sir Nick Carter has been appointed, but what’s he like?

And The RAF celebrates 100 years in the sky….hear some classic RAF aircraft sounds!

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Why is the Government so sure the Novichok (pro: Novee- chock) chemical came from Russia?

 

As we commemorate those killed in the Westminster attack a year ago – Sitrep asks the experts how they think the general public should respond to a terrorist attack?

 

Could what facebook knows about you send your country to war?

 

And…. Finally, the Type 45 destroyers are getting an engine refit……….

 

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Nato’s new command structure – what’s changed and why?

In Syria, who’s fighting who?

Should the West be worried about China and Russia’s increasing military power?

And could the damage to Oxfam’s credibility have a serious impact on the search for peace in a region? 

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The Government’s Defence Modernisation Programme – what does it mean and what will it do?

Drawdown in Germany could be partially reversed, but what does that mean for the Army and European defence?

Why the Russian threat is causing concern in the Arctic.

Should we be doing more to protect peacekeepers?

And, DAVOS – what is it and why is it important?

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What will 2018 have in store for the British Forces?

There’s a bleak forecast for defence from a top analyst but is it really all doom and gloom?

Find out why some people think the British Army is top heavy.

And, who’s in the running to be the new Chief of the Defence Staff?

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European Defence gets serious but Britain wants to be big in Japan.

The Afghan Interpreter who feels he's being treated like a criminal in the UK.

Also in the programme – the Royal Navy says goodbye to Atherstone and Quorn

What tickles the troops?  Is Forces humour different?

And war stories from a seasoned correspondent…..

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In today’s programme Sitrep hears from the PM who’s been visiting British troops in Iraq.

Plus…..Is the international response against North Korea strong enough?

Find out why the defence chiefs got a telling off.

Beach landings - do we still need an amphibious capability?

And that rousing regimental boxing speech – Sitrep hears from the officer that made it.

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Is there a problem with the Type 45 Destroyers?

How much will Britain's F35 aircraft programme cost in the long term?

It's Thanksgiving today in America - but what, in name of Trump, should Americans be thankful for?

And Op Shader -  from the pilot's view in the skies above Iraq.

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Sir Michael Fallon has resigned from the top job at the Ministry of Defence..and the former Chief Whip Gavin Williamson will take his place as the new Secretary of State for Defence.

Sitrep examines Fallon’s legacy and looks at the issues facing the new defence secretary ahead of a mini defence review & an important NATO meeting.

Join Tim Cooper and special guests in a special edition of Sitrep.

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Can Britain afford to have its own defence industry?

 

Catalonia seeks independence from Spain but still wants to be in NATO,

 

Minehunting off the coast of Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior,

 

And returning from the hurricanes, RAF Brize Norton welcomes back Op Ruman's air crews.

 

 

TOPICS

 

DEFENCE CUTS

Editor of Defence Analysis Francis Tusa & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee .

 

CATALAN DEFENCE

James Hasik is a senior fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

 

EXERCISE JOINT WARRIOR

BFBS Reporter Rosie Laydon & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

OP RUMAN RETURN

BFBS Reporter Alex Gill.

 

REMEMBRANCE – THE QUEEN

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

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North Korea: How close are we to actual war?

The battle for Raqqa  - what happens when ISIS are defeated?

The fight for Kurdish independence – what does it mean for the Middle East?

Nato’s international rescue for Submarines…

And, after 90 years the White Helmets wave goodbye……………

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

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

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

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

Guests:

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

TOPICS

TRUMP/UN

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

HURRICANE MARIA

Forces News reporter Rebecca Ricks on board RFA Mount Bay.

ROYAL MARINES - CUTS

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

AL UDEID /OP SHADER

Forces News reporter  Simon Newton goes behind the scenes.

CONSCRIPTION

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

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

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

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

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In today’s Sitrep with Tim Cooper

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

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

Plus:  why the Imperial War Museum has upset its members

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

TOPICS

Guests:

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

North Korea

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

Commander Field Army in Minden

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

HMS Queen Elizabeth

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

The Imperial War Museum

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

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

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

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Can Europe cope with the influx of refugees?

Could the UN broker a peace deal in Syria?

What went wrong with the F35s?

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

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

TOPICS

REFUGEES

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

SYRIA

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

FRENCH MILITARY

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

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

Navy & HMS Glasgow

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

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 6th July (KATE PRESENTS TODAY)

 

One year after publishing his report Sir John Chilcot finally speaks out but why did it take so long?

Why NATO’s ready for business on the front line.

How should the international community respond to North Korea?

And, the people's storybook of the Cold War.                               

 

TOPICS

 

CHILCOT INTERVIEW

Former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent and now Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, Bridget Kendall and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

NATO

Brigadier Commander Mike Elviss speaking to BFBS reporter Rob Olver in Paderborn.

NORTH KOREA

Professor Hazel Smith from the Centre of Korea Studies at the school of Oriental and African Studies at The University of London.

SAUDI ARABIA

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

COLD WAR, STORIES FROM THE BIG FREEZE

The BBC's former Moscow and then Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall  -  now the Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, who has written an oral history of the Cold War.

 

 

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Why the army needs to change the way it recruits

the head of the US Army in Europe shares his concerns about the shrinking British army….

Plus, Britain's biggest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail, but what does the future hold for her?

Fresh talks are taking place aimed at re-unifying Cyprus.

And its 20 year since the British left Hong Kong………..

TOPICS

ARMY RECRUITING

BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon interview with General Sir Nick Carter.

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

HEAD OF US ARMY IN EUROPE

Lt General Ben Hodges commander of the US Army in Europe speaking to BFBS reporter Charlotte Banks

CARRIERS

The ship's captain - Commander Jerry Kyd & Naval Historian and analyst Eric Grove & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

NATO AFGHANISTAN

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

CYPRUS TALKS

BFBS Reporter Simon Newton, Naval Historian and analyst Eric Grove & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

HONG KONG

Analyst Eric Grove & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

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In this week’s Sitrep,

Exercise Noble Jump in Romania - what is it and who’s taking part?

Gaddafi’s son has been freed, but what does that mean for Libya?

What does the military make of the General Election result and will an alliance with the DUP affect defence policy?

Plus  - the Putin Interviews – find out why he’s been speaking to Oliver Stone.

TOPICS

EXERCISE NOBLE JUMP

BFBS reporter Simon Newton & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

LIBYA

Mary Fitzgerald, Libya analyst

ELECTION

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

VLADIMIR PUTIN

Former advisor to the Kremlin Alexander Nekrassov.

350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RAID ON MEDWAY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

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In today’s Sitrep,

A stark warning of a humanitarian disaster in the final battle for Mosul

And where next for the Islamist Extremists forced out of Iraq?

Why Qatar is being shunned by its neighbours….

And the military medicine from Afghanistan that’s saving the lives of ordinary people in Britain.

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There’s election fever as the manifestos are published but is there anything for the Services to vote for?

Trump, Russia and Putin – exactly what is going on?

While NATO defence chiefs meet in Brussels, Sitrep goes behind the scenes at the Alliance's Joint Force Headquarters in Naples.

Plus -  how the RAF took out the IS executioners.

Studio Guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

TOPICS

DEFENCE & THE GENERAL ELECTION

BFBS correspondent James Hirst & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

TRUMP/RUSSIA/PUTIN

Professor Scott Lucas is from the department of political science and international studies at the University of Birmingham BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

NATO & NAPLES

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper in Italy speaking to Major General Ian Cave, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans, at Joint Force Headquarters in Naples & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

MOSUL PROGRESS

BFBS’s Simon Newton reporting from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus

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

 

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SITREP TRAIL THURS, 27th April (KATE PRESENTS TODAY)

Will sanctions curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions?

Find out what life’s like on board the US aircraft carrier the "George H-W Bush”.

Plus, Trump’s 100 days in power, what’s the verdict?

And Prince Harry’s thoughts on the importance of rugby to the forces as we look forward to the 100th Army Navy rugby match this weekend.

TOPICS

SYRIA/BORIS JOHNSON

Professor of Peace Studies and the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers.

GEORGE H-W BUSH.

BFBS reporter Simon Newton goes on board the US aircraft carrier

NORTH KOREA

Professor of Peace Studies and the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers & & Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington

TRUMP 100 DAYS

Professor of Peace Studies and the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers & & Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington

CHINESE CARRIERS

BFBS Defence analyst Christopher Lee

ONE HUNDREDTH ARMY NAVY RUGBY MATCH

BFBS Sports Editor Jon Knighton

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Chemical weapons in Syria. What happened? Who’s right, who’s wrong and what next?

Find out what British troops are doing on Exercise Desert Warrior in Kuwait,
and what the Royal Engineers are doing in famine hit South Sudan?

One year in the job – Kate Gerbeau talks to the Service Complaints Ombudsman after she publishes her first Annual Report.

And all the Queen's Soldiers...Why the Royal Lancers now belong to Elizabeth.

GUESTS: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Topics:

Syria/Russia/America
Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Dr Karin von Hippel and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning speaking from South Sudan.

Interview with the Service Complaints Ombudsman, Nicola Williams.

The Royal Lancers - renamed

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This week:

We ask who bombed civilians in Mosul was it IS fighters or coalition aircraft?

Brexit has been triggered but why is the Prime Minister threatening to pull terrorist intelligence?

Hear how the Royal Navy is fighting back against the hackers.

And on the day the National Army Museum is re-opened to the public, we talk about the “little guys” – Britain’s 139 small regimental museums.


GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

The Times Correspondent Michael Evans

BBC World Service political Correspondent Rob Watson

Managing Director of Airbus Cyber Security in the UK Ian Goslin

The Antiques Roadshow Militaria expert Mark Smith

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Marine A: did the Royal Marine's higher command fail?

Why Putin's generals are watching British troops in Estonia,

What can British troops do about famine in South Sudan?

And its 100 years since the start of the Russian Revolution - but why isn’t Moscow celebrating?

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

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Sky Channel 0211

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Why is Mr Trump handing out 54 billion dollars to the Pentagon?

 

Why a group of MPs says we must maintain relations with the Russians.

 

The RAF in the Middle East – why it’s a minute by minute operation

 

And - what can British troops expect when they deploy to famine struck South Sudan?

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

TRUMP

Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General at the Royal United Services Institute.

 

RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with Foreign Affairs Committee chairman  Crispin Blunt.

OP SHADER

BFBS reporter Simon Newton in Cyprus talks to British Major General Rupert Jones, deputy commander for the Combined Joint Task Force.

 

SOUTH SUDAN

Sitrep producer Josella Waldron interview with the BBC’s Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead

 

Al Qaeda

Charles Lister is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

 

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

 

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Sky Channel 0211

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The latest on what’s happening in the fight to take back Mosul from IS fighters.

How British troops will soon be helping people in famine-hit South Sudan…

Find out why British troops are being warned about honey traps, staged brawls and social media infiltration in Estonia.

And Sitrep speaks to a former Army officer who has the ear of the USA’s new Security Advisor.

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

MOSUL

Michael a former US Intelligence Officer and advisor to the Peshmerga.

SOUTH SUDAN

David Lomuria, a correspondent for Feature Story News in the capital Juba.

HONEY TRAP

Former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov

LIEUTENANT GENERAL HR MCMASTER

Retired Major General Andrew Mackay commanded British forces in in Afghanistan.

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Sky Channel 0211

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Presented by Kate Gerbeau

In today’ Sitrep there’s reaction and analysis as human rights lawyer, Phil Shiner, is struck off.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban is in disarray – so is this a good time for peace?

The Royal Navy leads the combined Naval Task Force in the Gulf for the first time.

Trump's defence secretary, 'Mad Dog' Mattis, starts work in the far east.

And Very Lynne’s new album to celebrate her 100th Birthday.

PHIL SHINER

Interview with MP and former British Army Officer Johnny Mercer

TALIBAN  

Professor Theo Farrell & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

HMS OCEAN

BFBS reporter Simon Newton

US RELATIONS ABROAD

Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah, Michael Stathis...

VERA LYNNE

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

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Sky Channel 0211

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Tomorrow Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America.  In a special edition of Sitrep, Kate Gerbeau will ask “Should we be frightened?”

A panel of experts are going to look at what Trump’s time as President & Commander in Chief of the American Armed Forces could mean for the rest of the world. 

Will he forge closer ties with Russia?

What will he do about NATO?

What about Syria?

And why is he so against China? 

Find out the answers to those questions and many more in today’s Sitrep………………………….

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall.  Bridget has spent a lot of time in Washington and Moscow and is an expert on Russian politics. 

Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham Scott Lucas who can talk extensively about US foreign policy and the Middle East. 

Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.  Karin was formally Chief of Staff to the US General John Allen when he was special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Isil. 

Simon Marks from Feature Story – our man in Washington who can tell us all about what we can expect at tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony.

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Russian aggression has triggered the deployment of American forces to Poland but is it necessary?

President-elect Trump -  what’s really going on and who’s side is he on?

Could we see more German boots on the ground in Europe?

What part does Britain play in the Talks to re-unify Cyprus?

And War through the eyes of the correspondent.  The Times man in the blue body-armour tells all……

Other interviews

POLAND AND TRUMP

Former Defence and Pentagon Correspondent for The Times Michael Evans

GERMAN BOOTS ON GROUND

Elisabeth Braw, senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Dr Aurel Sari – A lecturer in the law of armed conflict at Exeter University.

CYPRUS TALKS

BFBS reporter in Cyprus, Simon Newton

WAR REPORTING

Former Defence and Pentagon Correspondent for The Times Michael Evans

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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

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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.

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Sky Channel 0211

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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

 

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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

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Sky Channel 0211

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Direct download: Sitrep_20160811.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm UTC

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

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Sky Channel 0211

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Direct download: Sitrep_20160714.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm UTC

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

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Direct download: Sitrep_20160707.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm UTC

**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

 

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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Direct download: Sitrep_30062016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm UTC

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

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

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Sky Channel 0211

Direct download: Sitrep_20160623.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06am UTC

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

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

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Sky Channel 0211

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Direct download: Sitrep_20160616.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm UTC

 

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.

 

Direct download: Sitrep_20160428.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm UTC

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.

Direct download: Sitrep_20160310.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm UTC