Acclaimed author and military strategist Dr. Mark Moyar discusses the history and current use of US special operations forces, America’s most elite soldiers. Q. Your book Oppose Any Foe was recently published. The book examines the history of U.S. special operations forces. What are the origins of America’s special operations forces and why were they created? […]Read more "Interview – Mark Moyar"
This article was originally published on OpenDemocracy on June 30th, 2017. With a lower threshold for the use of lethal force, the government must ensure greater clarity over how it avoids individuals paying the ultimate price for UK mistakes. At the start of this year, the UK Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, outlined how the […]Read more "The devil is in the detail: the problem with the UK’s legal basis for self-defence"
This article was first published on RealClearDefense on July 20th, 2017. Following claims that a Special Air Service (SAS) unit “is suspected of executing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan and fabricating reports to cover up potential war crimes,” there have been a number of calls for an investigation into the actions of British troops. The Ministry […]Read more "The Dangers of the UK’s Blanket No Comment Policy for Special Forces"
This article was originally published on Small Wars Journal on Apil 22, 2017. If the government continues to refuse comment on most of its counterterrorism activity abroad it will struggle to win what is increasingly a war of narratives and the strategic use of (dis)information. Terrorist groups around the world are increasingly placing as much […]Read more "Why the UK Will Lose the Information War Against Terrorism"
This article was originally published on Small Wars Journal on February 17, 2017. There were a number of serious problems with the Navy SEAL raid on the 29th of January in Yemen, but at least we know it happened. Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owen died during a raid by his squadron, Navy SEAL Team […]Read more "The US Continues to “Trump” The UK on Special Forces Transparency"
Dr Mark Galeotti is a specialist on Russian security affairs, intelligence, organised crime and similar murky topics. He is a senior researcher at UMV, the Institute of International Relations Prague, where he is the coordinator of its Centre for European Security. He is also principal director of the consultancy Mayak Intelligence. Previously, he was Professor […]Read more "Interview: Mark Galeotti"
This article by Abigail Watson was first published on Real Clear Defense on November 30, 2016 As the situation in Yemen quickly spirals into a humanitarian disaster, the UK must clarify its role in the conflict. Yemen is the site a devastating civil war, in which foreign intervention at best is doing little to stem […]Read more "What Is the UK Doing in Yemen?"