BFBS Radio Sitrep (podcasts)
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.

In this episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

 

NATO - the countdown’s on for the July summit meeting. This week defence ministers meet to plan how to strengthen the alliance’s military forces.  We talk to

RUSI’s International Director Jonathan Eyal about this as well as President’s Putin’s plans to entertain Kim Jong Un in Moscow.

 

The first operational American built F35's for the RAF have arrived in the UK – but can the UK afford all 138?  Aviation Analyst Paul Beaver has a view.

 

Amnesty International has asked Britain to “come clean” about its role in the deaths of hundreds of civilians during last year’s campaign to liberate the Syrian City of Raqqa.

We hear from Chris Woods from Airwars about who’s keeping count.

 

And finally the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff says fitness and medicals shouldn’t matter when recruiting the military’s new cyber warriors.

 

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As Britain enters a new, difficult relationship with Russia –how will it hurt Moscow?  And who is on the UK’s side?

 

There’s a new Secretary of State for President Trump – how will U S policy affect the UK?

 

And the House of Commons Defence Committee, does the MoD listen to its criticism?

 

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via web & App in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum).  On Sky Channel 0211.

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Today on Sitrep:

 

Why the Kuwaitis want a greater British military presence in their country.

There’s a look at Britain’s foreign policy in the region with LibDem Defence spokesman Lord Campbell.

 

The Defence Secretary has had his first grilling by committee. Defence Committee Chair Julian Lewis explains how Gavin Williamson got on.

 

What are the military options in Syria?  with Hamish De Bretton Gordon.

 

And why is the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the brink of humanitarian disaster?

 

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

 

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This week (Today) on Sitrep...

 

How does the world look at the end of 2017?

 

What sort of shape are Britain's Armed Forces in?

 

What does Brexit mean for British and European Security?

 

What difference has President Trump made to the world?

 

And why we should all be watching what China does next.

 

That's Sitrep on Forces Radio BFBS, Thursday 6.30pm.

 

(Available as a podcast or listen again if you miss it!)

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Nato agrees to three thousand extra troops for their training mission in Afghanistan – but where will they come from?

We feature a special report about British troops training soldiers in war-torn Somalia.

What will be the role of Artificial Intelligence in future conflicts?

And, what if social media had existed during the First World War?  An insight to a unique project allows us to eavesdrop…….find out more in today’s Sitrep.

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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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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

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

Sky Channel 0211

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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

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

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via web, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

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

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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

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

  

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

 

Why NATO’s stepping up operations in the Baltic?

 

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

 

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

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

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

 

Charlie Winter from Quilliam, looking at counter radicalisation

 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos in Nigeria

 

 

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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, 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 18 DEC 2014

 

(First broadcast on Thursday 18th December 2014 at 4.30pm, and 18.30)

 

It’s been quite a year for global events and this week Sitrep looks back at some of the big stories the programme has covered in 2014, including ISIS, Ukraine and Climate change. 

And as we head towards 2015 with a General Election on the way - what’s in store for British Forces?

Find out in this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and guests.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee, the BBC’s diplomatic Editor, Bridget Kendall and Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

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Russian tanks are back in Ukraine, so what’s Putin’s long term plan & what can NATO do?

 

British troops complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan so who’s left to make the peace work?

 

Ebola - How long can the army stay in Sierra Leone?

 

And we hear from a man whose business is Remembrance all year round

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & former

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

BBC’s Diplomatic Editor Bridget Kendall discussing Russia and Ukraine.

BFBS reporter Fiona Weir interview with Commander of the British Forces, Brigadier James Stopford.

 

Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois talking to Josella Waldron

 

Steve Douglas who runs the British Grenadier Bookshop in Ypres?

 

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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

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(First broadcast on Thursday 9th October 2014 at 4.30pm)
 
PLEASE NOTE PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst
 
British troops take the fight against Ebola into Sierra Leone, but is it too little too late?
 
Why Turkey is reluctant to get involved in the fight against IS.
 
Why the US Vice President had to say sorry to the leaders of Turkey and the UAE.
 
And the Party conference season’s over – so what did the main UK parties say about Defence?
 
PRESENTER: Paula Middlehurst
 
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
BFBS reporter James Hirst speaking to the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
 
Sky News Correspondent Alex Crawford discussing the Ebola crisis.
Political reporter,  Aaron Blake, from the Washington Post speaking about the US Vice President Joe Biden’s recent comments on IS.
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst with a round up of defence issued discussed during the Party conference season.
 
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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
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The Prime Minister says Britain is ready to play its part in the fight against Islamic State, but will Parliament agree with him?
What will airstrikes achieve, and what do the British public think?
Also this week: Climate change, is it a bigger global threat to world security than terrorism?

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Paul Rogers from the department of peace studies at the University of Bradford.

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst, covering events in Westminster.

Tanya Abbraham from YouGov's political and social research team, on UK public opinion on airstrikes in Iraq & Syria.

 

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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

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In today's Sitrep.....
 

Obama says no boots on the ground in Iraq but his military chief says otherwise – who’s right?

 

How the military is trying to contain the Ebola threat.

 

And find out why Hitler’s desk is on display at a military museum in Dorset.

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Michael Stathis,Professor of Political Science and
International Relations at the University of Southern Utah, on US strategy in Iraq.

 

Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, discussing the brutality of Islamic State.

 

Hamish De Bretton Gordon, a former British army chemical weapons officer, talking about the Ebola threat and military involvement.

 

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper reporting from the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester on  one very unusual object:

 

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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

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(First broadcast on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 4.30pm)

 

Has Russia stepped up the chances of war in Europe?

 

The Islamic State continues its onslaught in Iraq, but how should the international community react?

 

Why is HMS Bulwark off to the Med?

 

And it’s the end of the line for HMS Illustrious, as supporters bid a fond farewell….

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Former Chief of the Defence Staff General Lord Richards talking to BFBS reporter Rob Olver about IS, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan

 

BFBS reporter Rebecca Ricks interview with HMS Bulwark’s Commanding Officer, Captain Dean Bassett…

 

BFBS reporter Geoff Meade on board HMS Illustrious with  Lieutenant Richard Turrell, the Ship’s aircraft control room officer.

 

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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 Sky Channel 0211

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How did one Afghan gunman beat the security cordon and kill an American General?

 

How does the MOD consistently fail its veterans?

 

How is it that Twitter can get a Gaza ceasefire, when the world powers cannot?

 

What really started the First World War?

 

And 10 artefacts that tell the story of the conflict.

 

PRESENTER: James Hirst

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

 The Defence Editor of the Times, Deborah Haynes

 

Professor Paul Rogers, from the Department for Peace Studies at Bradford University

 

'BFBS Presenter Mikaela Roche, discussing her BFBS documentary Artefacts and Armaments: Ten objects that tell the story of the First World War.” Will be broadcast Sunday 10th August on BFBS Radio at 3pm.

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

Sky Channel 0211

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(First broadcast on 31st July 2014 at 4.30pm)

 

Why the Defence committee says NATO needs radical reform.

 

Exercise Black Eagle…is the Cold War really on the way back?

 

The last crew member of the Enola Gay dies, but what turned him against nuclear warfare?

 

And – 100 years on – the world prepares to remember the Great War

 

PRESENTER: James Hirst

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Chair of The House of Commons Defence Committee, Rory Stewart, on its report  today on Nato.

 

Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, and former Foreign and Defence Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind discussing Russia and Ukraine.

 

BFBS reporter Geoff Meade looking at Exercise Black Eagle which will take place in Poland

 

BFBS reporter Tim Cross, remembering the last surviving member of the air crew which dropped the atom bomb over Hiroshima in the Second World War, who died this week.

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THURSDAYS at 4:30 UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and at 6:30 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 webb, 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 latest edition of SITREP with Kate Gerbeau
 
(First broadcast on 26th June 2014 at 4.30pm)
 
In the week that two generals speak out against more defence cuts,  is it time to stop the reservists “experiment”?
 
Find out why Putin might have done the MOD a favour
 
Who sides with whom when it comes to ISIS in the Gulf States?
 
And what does Armed Forces Day mean for the services in Scotland?
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
Interviews with the Former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Richards and the current Head of the Army, General Sir Peter Wall
 
Former ambassador to Russia, Sir Andrew Wood, discusses the situation between Russia, Nato and Ukraine.
 
BFBS reporter Toby Sadler Former speaks to Lt General Karl Eikenberry , former US ambassador to Kabul.
 
Captain Chris Smith, Naval Regional Commander of Scotland and Northern Ireland, talks about the Navy’s involvement with Armed Forces Day this Saturday
 
You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
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In this week's programme....
 
Why is President Obama sending more troops to Eastern Europe & upping the cash to pay for it?
 
Why Putin’s been excluded from the top table of world leaders.
 
Kate Gerbeau talks to British former ambassador to Washington Sir Christopher Meyer about the influence of US foreign policy on Britain.
 
And it’s the 70th anniversary of D Day tomorrow, BFBS’s Tim Cooper & Patrick Eade report from Normandy.
 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.
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Obama's big foreign policy speech - where does Britain fit in? 

 

How much does it cost for the UK to go to war these days?

 

In Afghanistan, Sandhurst in the Sand prepares to welcome its first female recruits.

 

And it's D Day minus eight.  Counting down to next week's 70th anniversary.

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THIS WEEK'S SITREP (22nd MAY)

A look ahead to the Ukrainian elections this weekend,

The diplomatic fallout from Prince Charles’ comments about Putin

Find out about the UK involvement in the search for the missing sailors,

Do American Veterans really get such a good deal from their government?

And a former PARA's extraordinary tale of survival in the jungles of Sierra Leone.

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

The BBC's correspondent in Moscow, Bridget Kendall

BFBS Reporter Cath Brazier speaks to the man in charge of Army sailing, Retired Lt Colonel Alan Flavell.

Simon Marks from Feature Story News, discussing the Veterans’ scandal in the States.

Former PARA Steve Heaney author of Operation Mayhem

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

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This week, Sitrep finds out how three Generals are preparing for the future and Army 2020?

 

Could Syria have biological weapons and what impact could that have on the Geneva talks?

 

The State of the Union – what are President Obama’s plans for 2014?

 

Plus: a security warning to Britain’s Olympic athletes as they prepare for Sochi

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

BFBS Reporter, James Hirst, discussing the interviews with:

General Officer Commanding 1 Div, Major General James Chiswell

GOC Germany – John Henderson

Major General Nick Pope

 

weapons consultant and former commanding officer of the UK's joint chemical Biological radiological nuclear regiment Hamish De Bretton Gordon, on Syria

 

The BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall, who has been following the Syrian talks in Geneva

 

Gena Turgel speaking to BFBS reporter Laura Hawkins about her time in various concentration camps, in the week the world remembers the Holocaust./

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The final round of armed forces redundancies have been announced…so what shape does this leave our Army in?
 
The long road to peace in Syria – has the journey begun?
 
Why the EU wants to send troops to the Central African Republic
 
And ‘Row to Recovery’ -  how four British soldiers completed the gruelling three thousand mile row across the Atlantic.
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS Reporter James Hirst on redundancies
Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Scholarship Programme at City University.
 
BFBS  reporter Cath Brazier

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Is Robert Gates right to criticize Britain’s defence capabilities?

 

What’s going on behind the scenes in Syria and will the West have to talk to Assad?

 

And….who’s odds on favourite to take over the Chair of the Commons Defence Committee?

 

Plus,  deathbed remorse from the inventor of the AK – 47  - but who else lived to regret their invention?

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

The Times’  Correspondent Michael Evans – talking about Robert Gates’ comments on Britain’s defence capabilities

 

 

Sir Andrew Green, former ambassador to Syria

 

BBC’s political correspondent, Rob Watson on the Defence Committee

 

Dr Paul Rogers, from the Department for Peace Studies at Bradford University discussing the AK47

 

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Find out about the book that's causing a stir in The White House & why President Obama's coming under fire over Afghanistan - from one of his own statesmen.

 

What’s behind the escalation of violence in Iraq? 

 

Does the Armed Forces Covenant actually work?  

 

And why Putin's mobilizing his troops ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee  

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

Simon Marks, chief correspondent of Feature Story News discussing Robert Gates’ memoirs & increasing violence in Iraq

 

Chair  of the House of Commons Defence Committee

James Arbuthnot discussing the Armed Forces Covenant

 

BBC’s diplomatic correspondent, Bridget Kendall talking about the forthcoming winter Olympics in Russia

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Sitrep looks back on 2013 & looks ahead to the big issues next year.

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Will the MoD ever manage to sort out its procurement problem ?
 
French Forces are in the Central African Republic, but are they making a difference?
 
What are Putin’s plans for the Arctic?
 
And why a US military command centre is tracking Santa’s worldwide flight.
 
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst on the MoD and  procurement.
 
A report from BFBS’s Ali Gibson who went to Lashkar Gah Durai, the furthest outpost in Task Force Helmand with ‘A’ Company from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in their warrior armoured vehicles
 
Paul Melly from Chatham House looking at the situation in the Central Africa Republics.
 
Sylvain Biville from ‘The Elders’  group discussing Nelson Mandela.
 
An interview with Stacey Knott, the co-ordinator for ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ – how the US military track Santa for children worldwide!
 
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Was it the right decision to name the Royal Marine convicted for murdering a Taliban fighter?

NATO puts pressure on President Karzai sign a new security agreement for Afghanistan.

What does the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement mean for the military?

Find out the latest from the crisis in the Central African Republic

And………. when will we see a female Chief of Defence Staff?

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

Documentary maker and journalist Chris Terrill, discussing the naming of Marine A

Lieutenant General John Lorimer, the Deputy Commander of ISAF, talking to BFBS reporter Ali Gibson

BBC Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding

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In this week's edition of Sitrep.........

What Scottish independence would mean for defence

The significance of the Iranian nuclear deal

Could gamers be the key to the UK’s Cyber Defence?

How British forces have helped Mali get back on its feet

And should soldiers protect cultural heritage in conflict zones?

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

Dr Phillips O'Brien from Glasgow University on Scottish independence.

BFBS Reporter Will Inglis on Cyber threats.

BFBS Reporter James Hirst reports from the capital of Mali, Bamako.

Major Hugo Clarke on UK Blue Shield
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In this week's edition of Sitrep.........

How should Britain decide to go to war?

The UK reviews it’s Navy options in Gibraltar.

What’s the significance of the bomb outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut?

And how do toys shape opinions of war?

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

James de Waal, from Chatham House on changes to the decision process that took Britiain to war in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conservative MP Bob Neill discussing the dispute between Gibraltar and Spain

Child’s play expert Dr Tara Woodyer from Portsmouth University
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In Sitrep this week…….

 

Details of the humanitarian aid British Forces are giving to the Philippines

 

What next for the UN's talks with Iran over its nuclear plans?

 

How much money did this year’s Poppy appeal raise?

 

And soldier first, Olympian second – Heather Stanning talks about life in Camp Bastion.

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

The RBL’s 'Head of Fundraising’ - Charles Byrne 

Captain Heather Stanning talking to our reporter Tim Cooper.

Mark Hibbs is a Senior Associate on the Nuclear Policy Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and joins us from Germany…

 

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Why Britain’s Intelligence Chiefs have gone public.
 
What’s the future for  British ship building?
 
Nato gets Jazzy in Eastern Europe.
 
And remembering the fallen - the Royal British Legion’s Head of Remembrance shares her thoughts.
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS:  Will Inglis speaks to  First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band in Portsmouth about the Bae job losses.
 
Dr Phillips O'Brien, history lecturer at Glasgow University on the future of British ship building
 
Rob Olver  with Nato’s Exercise Steadfast Jazz in Poland.
 The RBL’s 'Head of Remembrance' - Helen Hill .
 
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A new warning over PTSD…are young and disadvantaged soldiers at greater risk?

 

As violence escalates in Iraq, could the  problems have been avoided.

 

A special report from Bahrain on Exercise Omar.

 

And…how remembrance is being marked by people of all faiths…and none.

 

PRESENTER: Clare Sadler

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

A report on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, by  BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon

 

Jake Wood ,former TA soldier who diagnosed with chronic PTSD.

His book “Among You” is about to be published in paperback

 

Colonel Richard Kemp ,former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan , discussed the situation in Iraq

 

BFBS Reporter Laura Hawkins reporting  form Exercise OMAR

 

BFBS Reporter Kaija Larke reporting on how people of all different faiths, or none at all, will be marking this year’s remembrance day.

 

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NATO defence ministers have met in Brussels as a new phase begins in Afghanistan..
 
As the so-called Sandhurst in the Sand opens for business Sitrep looks in detail at what makes British military training so special….
 
Why the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is the envy of the world and how African Union troops in Somalia have benefited from British military training.
 
Plus:With piracy being  given the Hollywood treatment in the latest Tom Hanks’ blockbuster– hear how the EU Naval Force are winning the real fight off the African coast
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon interviews the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond at a meeting of defence ministers in Brussels.

 
BFBS reporter Ali Gibson at the official opening of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy
 
Colonel Roy Parkinson from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
 
Former commander of IMATT, Colonel Jamie Martin.

by Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia and Commander UK Maritime Forces.
 
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Transition continues in Afghanistan but the fighting goes on.
 
Why there’s a call to postpone more cuts to the army.
 
A preview of the NATO defence ministers meeting, 
 
And retirement plans for HMS Illustrious:, how will she end up: museum, hotel or razor blades?
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
 
Colonel Stuart Tootal who commanded 3 Para discussing Afghanistan.
 
Hugh Milroy,Chief Executive of the charity Veterans Aid, talking about the cuts to the Army and recruitment issues.
 
Bill Ferris, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, who preserve the destroyer ‘Cavalier’ as a tourist attraction.
 
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What’s behind the kidnapping of Libya’s prime minister?

 

How the growing terror threat is challenging the UK’s intelligence services

 

President Karzai’s criticises NATO’s performance in Afghanistan and there’s a warning from The Taliban in Pakistan.

 

Who are the new faces in defence in the Government and opposition party?

 

And the campaign to keep British soldiers clean, fit and healthy.

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

Former Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles.

 

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper from Camp Bastion.

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst reporting on MI5’s Andrew Parker’s speech 

 

The BBC’s Rob Watson looking at the new faces in Defence

 BFBS reporter Will Inglis reporting from Germany on keeping soldiers fit.

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How Britain’s footprint in Afghanistan is getting smaller.

 

Are reservists at greater risk of PTSD than regular troops?

 

How high on the agenda was defence at the Tory Party Conference/

 

And we hear from Jeremy Paxman about his new book “Great Britain’s Great War”

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTBFBS’s defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper speaking to Lieutenant Colonel Jon Swift, CO first Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Afghanistan.

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond speaking to BFBS reporter James Hirst

BFBS reporter Kaija Larke reporting on Combat Stress

 

BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman discussing his new  book "Great Britain's Great War".

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In Sitrep this week, terror in Nairobi.  Who’s behind it and could it happen in Britain?

 

Is Iran coming in from the cold?

 

Why Labour insists it wants to be the political party of the armed forces.

 

And a warning to soldiers to beware of taking gym supplements which could lead to the end of their army career…

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTBFBS’s defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

The BBC’s Mark Doyle, from Kismayo inside Al Shabab territory

 

BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee on what Al Quaida might have planned for America.

 

Patrick Smith, Editor in Chief of Africa Confidential discussing Kenya

 

BFBS Reporter  James Hirst reporting from the Labour Party conference & talking to Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy

 

BFBS Reporter  Will Inglis special report on banned substances that soldiers may have unknowingly taken

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President Assad of Syria says he will destroy his chemical weapons – but will the Americans have to pay for it?
 
What can America expect from Al Qaida
 
And what does the future hold for Afghan women?
 
Find out what the Liberal Democrats have been saying about defence
 
Will Germany drawdown lead to a shortage of school places for Forces’ children?
 
And  find out why Tunnocks Teacakes were banned by the RAF in the 1960s.
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST:  Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute for defence and security studies.
 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Clare Lockhart director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, discussing the plight of Afghan woman.
 
BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee on what Al Quaida might have planned for America.
 
BFBS Reporter James Hirst on the Liberal Democrat party conference that took place in Glasgow this week
 
BFBS Reporter  Ali Gibson speaking to Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory, Chief of Defence Personnel on the New Employment Model,
 
Catherine Spencer, Chief Executive of the Army Families Federation, commenting on fears that Forces families will face a lack of school places in Wiltshire, when they return to the UK from Germany.
 
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The reaction to President Putin’s direct appeal to the American people about Syria.
 
What are the practicalities of removing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile?
 
Why are the Afghan National Army suffering such big losses in Sangin?
 
What’s the future for defence procurement?
 
And,what was life like for the women working at Churchill’s School for Spies?
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee  & Professor Eric Grove, Professor of Naval History and Senior Fellow in Security Studies at Liverpool Hope University
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Chris Abbott, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist, discussing Syria's chemical weapons.
 
BFBS reporter Geoff Meade reporting from Camp Bastion
 
BFBS reporter Will Inglis  Defence Equipment Minister Philip Dunne about the defence industry
 
BFBS reporter Claire Sadler interviews Noreen Riols author of “The Secret Ministry of A G and Fish”
 
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Can the international community agree on a plan of action for Syria?
 
What will be the long-term impact of the growing humanitarian crisis?
 
There’s increased military activity in the Mediterranean, but what does it mean for Cyprus?
 
Find out about the young Winston Churchill’s early battle experience in Afghanistan.
 
And ….discover a place where computers can still take a backseat to old-fashioned maps
 
PRESENTER: Claire Sadler
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee  & Daily Telegraph’s Defence Editor Con Coughlin
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS reporter Carla Prater from Akrotiri , Cyprus
 
BFBS reporter Will Inglis investigating war games
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As the situation grows into a global crisis Sitrep guides you through all the developments…

From the country's origins, after the First World War - to the present day, we ask what went wrong?

What can the UK do?  Plus: the likely consequences & fallout if the West does attack Syria.  That’s all in Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau today at…………………..

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee  & Dr Martin Macauley, international affairs analyst.

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

Sir Andrew Green, former ambassador to Syria

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst looks at Syria’s recent history

 

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science & International Relations at Southern Utah University discusses America’s position

 

BBC’s political correspondent Rob Watson on UK public opinion

 

 

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In this week's edition of Sitrep.........

TODAY'S PRESENTER IS JAMES HIRST

Keeping secrets secret...should we all be concerned about the 9 hour questioning of David Miranda at Heathrow Airport?

As relations between America and Russia turn chilly again...are we in danger of another Cold War?

An Egyptian court orders the release of former President Hosni Mubarak...will that make a real difference to Egypt, or is it just symbolic?

Climate change is as big a threat to world peace as terrorism.

And...we recommend some good military books to get you through what's left of the summer.

PRESENTER: JAMES HIRST

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Paul Rogers who lectures on international security at the University of Bradford.

OTHER INTERVIEWS: Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, William Hague's climate envoy.

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TODAY'S PRESENTER IS JAMES HIRST

 

What next for a divided Egypt?

 

The complicated  logistics of withdrawing men and equipment from Afghanistan

 

Following 20th Armoured Brigade on ex Prairie Thunder

 

Hero, Veteran or simply ex-Forces -  how do you describe yourself?

 

PRESENTER: James Hirst

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee  & Major General Julian Thompson

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

Nadim Shehadi,  from Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme,

 

BFBS reporter Geoff Meade in Camp Bastion on logistics of withdrawal. 

 

BFBS reporter  Ali Gibson on EX PRAIRIE THUNDER

 

Hugh Milroy, Chief Executive of Veterans Aid.

 

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How dangerous was the threat of a major terrorist plot in Yemen?
 
Could Iran’s new leadership lead to a thawing of relations with the West?
 
Why Gibraltar’s residents are asking for a stronger Royal Navy presence on the Rock….
 
And, find out why August is the month for conflict.
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee  & Middle East analyst Hazhir Teimourian
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
Mike Evans, security specialist writer for The Times,
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst  speaks to the first minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, is there and sent this report
 
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The latest attitudes survey is out but why do a third of military personnel say morale is low?

 

Are our soldiers being discriminated against?

 

What’s behind the latest prison breakouts in Pakistan and Iraq?

 

And why changes to military music could mean fewer marches and more Muse.

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

Louise Simpson, Evidence Director from the Army Families Federation

 

Professor Michael Clarke, Director of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies,

 

Professor Sir Simon Wessely of  the King's Centre for Military Research

 

BFBS Reporter Geoff Meade Camp Bastion

 

Nigel Ellis is the Chairman of The International Military Music Society

 

 

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Is Iraq heading towards another civil war?

  

60 years on from the end of the Korean War, what did the conflict actually achieve?

 

Should politicians have the final say on deploying our Armed Forces overseas?

 

And… what’s in a name? Could a Janet or a John lead an Army into battle?

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

The Daily Telegraph’s Defence Editor and author Con Coughlin discussing Iraq.

 

BFBS Reporter Tim Cooper reporting gon the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean war.

 

John Sweeney from BBC Panorama programme discussing modern day Korea – north and south.

 

Baroness Jay,Chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, on whether Parliament should have more involvement in deploying British troops

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The outgoing CDS General Sir David Richards issues a final warning over Syria

 

Are the alternatives put forward for replacing Trident viable?

 

The morality of arms sales is questioned in a new report

 

And find out why the Kremlin might be turning its back on modern technology in a bid to prevent cyber attacks……….

 

 

PRESENTER: Tim Cooper

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & former Royal Marine commander Major General Julian Thompson

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

Professor Eric Grove, the Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies at Salford University, discussing Trident.

 

 

Arms Sales, BFBS Reporter Rosie Laydon

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What impact are events in Egypt and Syria having on the Middle East?
 
A study says the Taliban’s planning to re-take Helmand. – but how are they going to do it?
 
And how many troops will the US leave in Afghanistan  post 2014
 
Plus: will Trident be homeless?
 
And the new Chief of the Defence Staff – find out what happens in his first few days.
 



PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Professor Michael Clarke, director of the RUSI, the Royal United Services Institute
 
Professor Theo Farrell is Head of the Department of War Studies at King's College London
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A new interim President for Egypt after military intervention - but is it a coup?
 
What does the future hold for Trident?
 
The government wants thirty thousand Army reservists by 2018 but can it be done
 
And…..why the the PM David Cameron believes Kazakhstan (pro: Kaz-ak-stan)  is strategically important
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BBC Correspondent Quentin Sommerville in  Cairo
 
Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb  & Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Minister Mark Francois on the Reserves.
 
Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a strategic forecaster discussing the various options were for Trident…
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst reports on his travels with the Prime Minister David Cameron
 
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The Treasury’s told the MOD how much cash it’s got to spend…….but did the Defence secretary get the deal he wanted?

 

The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall , explains the future of land-warfare

 

Find out how senior Afghan officers are getting trained at Shrivenham.

 

There’s an update from the Army Families Federation conference in Germany

 

And “Our Wives and Sweethearts” – how a Royal Navy toast has been modernised.

 

PRESENTER: Tim Cooper

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

BFBS reporter James Hirst on defence spending

BFBS reporter  Claire Sadler reporting on the CGS’s speech

BFBS reporter Charlotte Cross visits the UK’s Defence Academy at Shrivenham

Sitrep’s Kate Gerbeau reports from the AFF conference

 

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As Afghan forces take control of security in Afghanistan Britain’s most senior commander there tells Sitrep that the future of the country is in the hands of it’s people…
 
The Supreme Court has ruled human rights do apply on the battlefield but what does that mean for future conflicts
 
There’s been more army job losses – but what’s life really like for those who’ve taken redundancy?
 
And the importance of  Exercise Askari Thunder in Kenya
 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
Deputy Commander of the international forces in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General Nick Carter
 
BFBS reporter in Camp Bastion Geoff Meade
 
 
BFBS reporter Tim Cooper interviews legal commentator Joshua Rosenberg
 
Journalist Paul Osbourne discusses the impact of redundancies on those affected
 
BFBS’s Ali Gibson reports from Kenya on  Exercise Askari Thunder
 
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There’s more calls for international support in Afghanistan post 2014, and criticism from a former military intelligence officer who says Britain should never have gone..
 
What’s behind the protests in Turkey?
 
As the humanitarian crisis in Syria deepens what more can the international community do?
 
Plus: who’s been snooping on your emails?  Find out in Sitrep (later) today
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Frank Ledwidge author of  ‘Investment In Blood’ - The True cost of Britain's Afghan War
 
 Middle East expert Hazhir Temourian, talking about the trouble in Turkey and forthcoming elections in Iran
 
Richard Norton Taylor who writes on defence and security affairs for The Guardian.
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You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
 
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As the international community continues to agonise over Syria, find out about one man’s personal experience of the conflict.
 
Is national security being but at risk by a Chinese telecoms company working in Britain?
 
And Sitrep explores the relationship between defence and space & talks to European Space Agency Astronaut and former Army Pilot, Major Tim Peake
 
 
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Photo-journalist & former soldierPaul Conroy, talks about his new book on Syria.
 
James Blitz, Defence and Security Editor at the Financial Times discusses Cyber warfare
 
European Space Agency Astronaut Major Tim Peake
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You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
 
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There’s more calls for international support in Afghanistan post 2014, and criticism from a former military intelligence officer who says Britain should never have gone..
 
What’s behind the protests in Turkey?
 
As the humanitarian crisis in Syria deepens what more can the international community do?
 
Plus: who’s been snooping on your emails?  Find out in Sitrep (later) today
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Frank Ledwidge author of  ‘Investment In Blood’ - The True cost of Britain's Afghan War
 
 Middle East expert Hazhir Temourian, talking about the trouble in Turkey and forthcoming elections in Iran
 
Richard Norton Taylor who writes on defence and security affairs for The Guardian.
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You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:03pm UTC

Is the detention centre in Camp Bastion Britain’s Guantanamo Bay?
 
How will the lifting of the EU arms embargo affect the Syrian conflict?
 
Will the MoD meet the Treasury’s demands for cuts to the defence budget?
 
Plus,  Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, comes to life in  a new museum in Portsmouth
 
And …discover which toys were influenced by war over the last 200 years
 
 
PRESENTER: CLAIRE SADLER standing in for Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS Reporter Will Inglis reporting from Camp Bastion on the suspected Afghan insurgents.
 
International Affairs analyst Martin McCauley from university College London discusses the Camp Bastion detainees and the Syrian conflict.
 
BFBS Reporter Liz Mullen on defence cuts to the MoD police
 
BFBS reporter Tim Cooper visits the new Mary Rose Museum
 
V&A’s Museum of Childhood, curator Sarah Wood discusses the museum’s “War Games” exhibition
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After a British soldier was killed in Woolwich – today’s Sitrep programme analyses the terror threat ….were they lone operators or part of a more sinister group -  and what does this mean for our Service men and women?
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
PM David Cameron speaks to BFBS Reporter Claire Sadler
 
Admiral Lord West, former minister for security and counter-terrorism
 
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute
 
 
You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
 
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How longer tours of duty in theatre may be beneficial.
 
If the UK left the EU what impact would it have on defence?
 
Discover what it takes to be a great foreign secretary.
 
What’s behind the spy story in Moscow?
 
And a special report from Colorado Springs on the Warrior Games
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
 Major General Patrick Sanders, the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Operations), talks about extended tours of duty
 
Alexander Nekrassov, former Kremlin advisor on spies.
Jonathan Powell, who was Tony Blair’s Chief of Staff, discussing foreign secretaries
The BBC’s political correspondent, Rob Watson on EU & defence
BFBS reporter Tim Cooper reporting from the Warrior Games in the US.
You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)
 
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Why the Defence Reform Bill plans to change the way military equipment is bought

 

Securing Somalia – the country’s top soldier talks about building his army from scratch.

 

Could drones spell the end for those magnificent men in their flying machines?

 

The mother of one of the four soldiers who died at the Deepcut Army barracks tells us why she’s pushing for a public inquiry.

 

And the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic – why it was the longest continuous military campaign of the Second World War.

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS 

James Blitz, Defence and Security Editor at the Financial Times discusses the Defence Reform Bill 

 

BFBS reporter Laura Hawkins meets General Dahir Adan Elmi, Commander-in-chief of the Somali National Army

 

Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for military aerospace at the international Institute for Strategic Studies discusses the increased use of drones.

 

Yvonne Collinson Heath author of a new book "A Mother's War: One Woman's Fight for the Truth Behind Her Son's Death at Deepcut” which is published today…

 

You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and at 1830 (UK time) on BFBS (via webb, App & DAB in the UK and on FM in Scotland, Colchester, Salisbury Plain, Aldershot, Catterick & Blandford Forum)

 

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As the Government prepares to tighten its belt further how safe is defence from more cuts and what impact would a cut in the counter-terrorism budget have on Britain’s security?
 
Are chemical weapons being used in Syria?
 
What does the future hold for Afghan interpreters post 2014?
 
And ...... find out the definitive reading list for military minds
 
 
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Professor Eric Grove, the Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies at Salford University and Richard Norton Taylor who writes on defence and security affairs for The Guardian.  They discuss the forthcoming spending review and implications of a cut to the counter-terrorism budget.
 
Tom Porteous, the program director for Human Rights Watch – looks at the claim that Syria has used chemical weapons.
 

BFBS Reporter Rosie Laydon interviews ………………………
Who are fighting for the right to live in the UK
 
Christopher Lee and Eric Grove discuss the former CDS Sir David Richards' recommended reading list which You can view the full  list here
http://www.da.mod.uk/recommended-reading
 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:52pm UTC

As transition in Afghanistan’s continues there’s still concern over insurgency

 

The Syrian President’s Al Qaida warning to the West

 

North Korea says it is ready to talk but is China running out of patience?

 

Remembering the Iron Lady & her military legacy.

 

Plus there’s an exclusive look at the F35 Lightning Two jet simulator.

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS’s Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS 

 

Brigadier Bob Bruce discusses transition & insurgency in Afgfhanistan

 

Andrea Berger – from the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University discussies North Korea and China

 

Major General Julian Thompson, who commanded the Marines during the Falklands campaign, shares his memories of Baroness Thatcher.’s funeral

 

BFBS Reporter Tim Cooper, goes to an excusive preview of the F35 Lightning, the new jet for the Aircraft Carriers.

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In Sitrep this week..........

 

Why there’s continued concern for Afghanistan’s future after ISAF forces leave

 

Find out who’s the power behind the throne of North Korea’s young leader

 

The military legacy of Baroness Thatcher & why the Lady loved Milk Tray…..

 

And it’s been 15 years since the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement, but how much of a difference has it made to lasting peace?

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS 

 

Professor Paul Rogers – from the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University discussing Afghanistan and North Korea

 

 

Major General Julian Thompson, who commanded the Marines during the Falklands campaign, shares his memories of meeting Baroness Thatcher.

 

Northern Ireland analyst Chris Ryder, reflecting on the 15th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

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There’s warnings from UK and US commanders in Afghanistan ahead of the summer fighting season

 

And there’s concern in Pakistan as they head towards national elections

 

As America reacts to North Korea’s rhetoric just how seriously should we be taking the threat?

 

Plus:  the RAF celebrates 95 years – but what will the air force look like in the future?

 

 

PRESENTERKate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS 

 

Forces News’ reporter James Hirst reporting from Camp Bastion

 

Jason Strother, a reporter based in Seoul, discussing the North Korean crisis

 

Air Marshall Sir John Walker –Chief of the Intelligence Staff from 1991 to 1994, discussing the Korean crisis and also talking about the RAF

 

Elizabeth Quintana – an expert in unmanned air vehicles and the use of space assets at the Royal United Services Institute, looking at the future of the RAF

  

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Why there’s going to be more cuts to the defence budget
 
Who are the different rebel groups  in Syria and what do they want?
 
Now the banks are open – what does the future hold for Cyprus, and could it happen here in the UK?
 
And, It’s the end of an era for the military’s Search and Rescue.
 
 PRESENTER:  Kate GerbeauSTUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Professor Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East policy studies at City University discussing Syria.
 
Forces News’ reporter Tim Cooper reporting on the financial crisis in Cyprus.
 
Forces News’ reporter Julie Knox on the Search & Rescue team
 
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Ten years since the invasion of Iraq Sitrep reflects on the anniversary and speaks to former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Colonel Tim Collins, who led his men into Iraq.
 
Plus, the man dubbed the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ who initially supported the war explains why he’s now changed his mind
 
The latest from Cyprus where the financial crisis continues
 
And find out what the new Chief of the Defence Staff has in his in-tray
 
 PRESENTER:  Kate GerbeauSTUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Colonel Tim Collins, who commanded the 1st Batallion, Royal Irish Regiment during the Iraq war in 2003
 
Canon of Baghdad Andrew White, dubbed the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, he runs a Christian church in Baghdad.
 
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 
Forces News’ reporter Carla Prater from Cyprus discussing the financial crisis and its affects on British Forces over there.
 
You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio at 1830 (UK time)
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Two years on & the Syrian conflict is ongoing – is there anything the international community can do end hostilities?

 

Concerns what an Independent Scotland will mean for defence…

 

How serious are North Korea’s threats to use nuclear weapons

 

How advances in frontline trauma care benefit not only the armed forces but also the NHS

 

And, find out what the new Pope thinks about the Falklands Islands……..

 

PRESENTERKate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Sir Andrew Green, former ambassador to Syria

Andrea Berger, an expert on nuclear issues at the Royal United Services
Institute,

British Forces News reporter Fiona Weir reporting from the hospital at Camp Bastion.

Surgeon Commodore Alasdair Walker, Medical Director at Joint Medical Command

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This week……

How the Army’s move from Germany will impact on local services in the UK

How Britain is helping the Syrian rebels

Why the Falkland Islanders will show a united front this weekend

And find out who’s in line to be the next Chief of the Defence Staff?

 

 

PRESENTERKate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee and Professor Michael Clarke from the Royal United Services Institute

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

British Forces News reporter Ali Gibson speaks to Maj Gen John Henderson about drawdown in Germany

British Forces News reporter Rosie Laydon reporting from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps HQ.

British Forces News reporter Cath Brazier reports from the Falkland Islands on the forthcoming referendum.

 

 

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Western leaders meet Syrian rebels in Rome - but will they give them what they want?

 

Can the MOD make 11 billion pounds worth of cuts over the next ten years?

 

Find out everything you need to know about America’s new Defence Secretary.

 

And after a long campaign the Arctic Convey veterans finally receive the recognition they’ve fought so long for.

 

PRESENTERJames Hirst

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Professor Paul Rogers from the Department for Peace Studies at Bradford University on Syria and defence spending.

 

Professor Malcolm Chalmers from the Royal United Services Institute on defence cuts

 

British Forces News reporter Victoria Smith meets one of the Arctic Convoy veterans.

 

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The aid budget could be used for defence-related operations but what does that mean for British forces?

 

Was he PM’s visit to India a success?

 

The truth about war – are today’s reporters telling the full story?

 

Plus - cyber warfare, Chinese style

 

And find out why British soldiers are training in extreme conditions in the arctic

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

British Forces News reporter Rob Olver at the Nato Defence Ministers’ meeting in Brussels.

 

The BBC’s Andrew North on the PM’s visit to India

 

Journalist and former Grenadier Guards Vaughan Smith on the media and the military.

 

British Forces News reporter Julie Knox on Exercise Arctic Norway

 

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Heading for exit – but what will Afghanistan look like after 2014?

 

What  can the international community  do about North Korea's nuclear tests?

 

How Mali and Algeria can learn from the democratic progress made in Somalia

 

And the TA on TV - but will the recruitment drive work?

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

Michael Evans, the Pentagon correspondent from The Times looking at withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

 

Andrea Berger from RUSI on North Korea and arms control

 

Author James Fergusson discussing Mali and Somalia

 

British Forces News reporter James Hirst discussing Argentina’s Foreign Minister’s visit.

 

British Forces News reporter Charlotte Cross on the TA

 

 

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How long will French troops stay in Mali; and could Tunisia see more unrest?

 

What’s behind the MoD’s announcement on international soft defence?

 

Why the Argentine minister refused to meet the representatives from the Falklands Islands

 

And why the Forces Snow championships in Meribel are key to good morale

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

Dr Berny Sebi from Birmingham University looking at the French military involvement in Mali.

 

Professor Michael Stathis from Southern Utah University discussing the use of drones.

 

British Forces News reporter Will Inglis speaking to Lt Gen Adrian Bradshaw, Commander Land Forces and Afghanistan’s chief of the General Staff, General Sher Mohammed  Karimi

 

British Forces News reporter James Hirst discussing Argentina’s Foreign Minister’s visit.

 

British Forces News reporter Jon Knighton from Mirabel.

 

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

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The Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond speaks to Kate Gerbeau on Sitrep and discusses the British deployment to Mali and today's news about defence spending......

 

Also this week: how do you stop extremism – is education the answer rather than conflict?

 

And find out why the Defence Select Committee want to hear your views on the provision of Service children’s education

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

The Secretary of State for Defence Phil Hammond discussing Mali, defence cuts and Syria

 

Lt Gen Jonathan Riley on the British Forces mission to Mali

 

President of the Quilliam Foundation Noman Benotman on extremism

 

The Chair of the Defence Select Committee James Arbuthnot on Service children’s education

 

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Should more troops should go to Mali and why North Africa is now a global concern?

 

What shape will the Army be in after the latest round of redundancies?  And can the Reserves plug the hole?

 

Who are the new names at the top of the military command?

 

How should the centenary of the First World War be commemorated?

 

And how does the Prime Minister’s Europe speech affect the Armed Forces?

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

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

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

Forces News reporter Charlotte Cross with a report from Mali

The Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Jim Murphy discussing Mali, defence cuts and women on the front line

WW1 Centenary commemorations with Professor Sir Hew Strachan (pro: STRAWN) and Major Sir Michael Parker – organiser of many Royal Tournaments and military events.

 

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Is the Hostage crisis in Algeria retaliation against the French intervention in Mali or something else?
 
Why Russia’s top general tells Nato that Afghanistan pull out spells disaster
 
Are forces children getting a good deal when it comes to their education?
 
And what prompts A-listers like David Beckham and Ray Winstone to visit injured troops in hospital?
PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS:
Analytst Jon Marks on Algeria
BBC Mark Doyle in Mali
Headteacher Su Scrimshaw telling us what it’s like to run a school where the majority of students are from Forces’ families.
Sir Bob Russell from the Commons Defence Select Committee discussing Service children’s education
Forces News reporter Claire Sadler talking to actor Ray Winstone
 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

 

Will America keep its commitment to Afghanistan post 2014

 

And what difference will the new faces in the US Administration make to the transition?

 

What can we do to increase our cyber security awareness?

 

Why there’s an increasing worry that Syria will use chemical weapons

 

And how do you stop the violence and demonstrations in Northern Ireland…..

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUESTS:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee & Dr Martin Macauley from University College London

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Professor Michael Stathis, political scientist from Southern Utah University

 

Forces Radio reporterTim Cooper on the National Audit Office Report, speaking to Phillip Hammond

 

Forces Radio reporter Rosie Laydon on Cyber Security interviewing Major General Jonathan former head of cyber-security at the MoD.

 

Northern Ireland analyst Chris Ryder on Belfast.

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This week there’s more pressure from Argentina over its claims to the Falklands Islands

 

Why America thinks Europe should pay for its own defence and security including Afghanistan.

 

There’s a warning over military intervention in Syria & the consequences of drone strikes in Yemen.

 

And there’s concerns over the future capabilities of the Royal Navy.

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee & Professor Paul Rogers, from the Dept of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Jonathan Foreman from Civitas Institute discussing moving the international aid budget to the armed forces.

 

Professor Sir Paul Newton on Syria 

 

Iona Craig, the Times Yemen correspondent, on drone strikes in Yemen

 

Steve Bush editor of British Warships And Auxiliaries 2013/14

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This week Sitrep looks back at events that have shaped 2012  & Britain’s Armed Forces
 
From transition in Afghanistan to civil war in Syria
 
A year that remembered the Falkland's conflict & saw trouble returning to the streets of Belfast
 
It was a summer of celebration and ceremony for the military, but what’s in store for 2013?
 
Listen to this week’s Sitrep and find out…
 
You can listen on BFBS Radio 2 at 1630 (UK time) and on BFBS Radio at 1830 (UK time)
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 PRESENTER:  Kate GerbeauSTUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee and Major General Julian Thompson
 
OTHER Contributors:
 
BFBS Reporters Tim Cooper in Cyprus, Rob Olver in Germany and Steve Britton in Brunei.

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What next for Syria as the violence continues to escalate?

 

What’s behind the latest trouble in Northern Ireland ?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

PRESENTER:  Kate Gerbeau

STUDIO GUEST:  BFBS’s defence analyst, Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

Northern Ireland analyst Alan Murray on the latest troubles

 

Aidan Foster Carter, Korean expert on the rocket launch

 

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

 

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

Alternatively listen again on the website.

Direct download: Wk50_Sitrep_pcast.mp3
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