UKNDA Defence Procurement Funding Article by Col Peter Walton

DefenceSynergia is most grateful to Colonel Peter Walton RAOC (Retd) for permission to reproduce his article on the United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA) website – Defence Procurement Funding. Peter Walton has a unique professional insight into the historical background behind why today’s Armed Forces’ often find themselves having to sacrifice numbers (capability) to the ‘bean counter’s’ God, cost! Here is what Peter says: (more…)

Crash! How Future War Would Start

DS is pleased to reproduce Julian Lindley-French’s latest article:

“When do you decide you want to bomb an adversary’s electrical company? It’s the same answer for when you would launch a cyber-attack on their electricity sector – it is just a question of how you do it”.

Buky Carmeli, former Director, Israeli National Cyber Security Authority, August 2018




Alphen, Netherlands. 29 August. Buky Carmeli, former Director of the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority, has called for “…a strategic paradigm shift in thinking about cyber operations” in order to place them squarely at the centre of deterrence and defence. He also warned about the growing danger from a “cyber doomsday weapon”.  His message mirrors what Generals Allen and Breedlove, Admiral Zambellas and I called for in our recent paper Future War NATO in which we suggested threat must be seen as a continuum across a new spectrum of violent escalation from hybrid war to hyper war (including space war) via cyber war. (more…)

Europe’s Defence Gap and the Expanding Bandwidth of War

DefenceSynergia is, as always, grateful to Professor Dr Julian Lindley French for permission to publish his blog, the latest one we reproduce below – Europe’s Defence Gap and the Expanding Bandwidth of War. 
The opening quote, which goes to the heart of the piece, is most pertinent for Defence Analysts to ponder: “I’ve seen comparative numbers of US defense budget versus China, US defense budget versus Russia. What is not often commented on is the cost of labor. We’re the best-paid military in the world by a long shot. The cost of Russian soldiers or Chinese soldiers is a tiny fraction”. General Mark Milley, US Army Chief of Staff, May 2018.”


Arctic report

DS agrees with the HCDC Sub-Committee that the high North/Arctic is an area that UK and NATO must direct serious money, resources and attention to.  Report can be read in full: HERE

Sergeant ‘O’ And Orwellian New Speak That Is Making A Laughing Stock Out Of The British Political and Legal System

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Sergeant ‘O’ And Orwellian New Speak That Is Making A Laughing Stock Out Of The British Political and Legal System

It must seem to most right thinking people that to pursue a former British soldier on a charge of ‘firing into a wall’ 46 years ago is the stuff of satire. Sadly, in Great Britain, in 2018, this is the disgraceful situation in which our political and legal system has placed a loyal serviceman. However, it does not begin or end here. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Kenya to Northern Ireland, Cyprus to Malaya an allegation against a British Serviceman however ancient, vague, spurious or already legally disposed, is pursued. (more…)