BFBS Radio Sitrep
NYF and Sony Radio Award winning Sitrep brings you discussion and analysis on defence, foreign policy and the stories affecting the British Forces. Presented by Kate Gerbeau with defence analyst Christopher Lee.

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 



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./

Direct download: Sitrep_20140130.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:01pm UTC

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 
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

Direct download: Sitrep_20140123.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

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 




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


Direct download: Sitrep_20140116.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:11pm UTC

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  




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



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

Alternatively listen again on the website

Direct download: Sitrep_20130109.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:13pm UTC