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.

 

Follow us on Twitter @BFBSSitrep

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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.

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

 

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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

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

Direct download: Sitrep_20160804.mp3
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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

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

Direct download: Sitrep_20160609.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Sitrep_20160512.mp3
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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

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

Direct download: Sitrep_20160505.mp3
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