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Building bridges in Geneva

Award winning Sitrep brings you discussion and analysis on defence, foreign policy and the stories affecting the British Forces.  

Presented by Kate Gerbeau.

17/06/2021

Joe Biden says his talks with Vladimir Putin were “good, positive”. The Russian president called them “constructive”. But the US and Russia remain far apart on big issues like cyberattacks. So how did the Geneva summit go? 

Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin followed a NATO summit that included a warning to anyone thinking of targeting alliance members’ assets in Space. We ask if that that could trigger military strikes back on earth. 

We learn about the man who’s likely to be the next President of Iran — and who could be the country’s future Supreme Leader. 

And we find out about the challenges of getting supplies to Royal Marine Commandos deep inside enemy territory.

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10/06/2021

World leaders come face to face 

President Biden is in Europe for a week of intense top-level diplomacy, including a G7 summit, a gathering of NATO leaders, and then face-to-face talks with Vladimir Putin. 

It’s the first overseas trip for the US President since his election — and a chance for him to demonstrate his commitment to restoring America’s relations with allies, strained under Donald Trump’s administration. 

We hear about the issues likely to dominate in the coming days. 

We’ve a special report from a huge exercise in America’s deep south, which saw troops from the Welsh Cavalry training in extremely harsh conditions. 

Three months from the deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, we ask if western powers are willing to stand by and watch the Afghan government be deposed by the Taliban. 

And we report on how military leaders are stepping up the fight against climate change.

03/06/2021

A Moral Obligation 

As remaining international forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, the fate of the thousands of Afghans who helped them has been in doubt — until now. 

Both Britain and the US now say they’ll resettle thousands of people, fearing otherwise they’ll be at the mercy of the Taliban. 

We ask one former Army officer who served two tours in Helmand what that says about the last 20 years of international operations in Afghanistan?  

Denmark’s in the doghouse with some of its international allies after reports claimed it’s helped US intelligence to spy on them. 

The new Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces tells us the system still isn’t working properly. 

And we meet the researcher trying to put right a long-standing wrong in Britain’s military past.

27/05/2021

How to handle “Europe’s last dictator” 

There’s been international outrage after Belarus forced a Ryanair jet to land in the country, and arrested a prominent critic of the country’s regime. 

But how far are western powers willing to go to confront Alexander Lukashenko’s behaviour? And will it make any difference? We hear from a former British ambassador in Belarus. 

Dominic Cummings says Britain’s failure to prepare for emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic cost thousands of lives. We speak to an expert in crisis planning on how to avoid the same mistakes in future. 

We look at why British troops could soon be on the way to Somalia, and speak to the head of a charity trying to fund a study into the use of MDMA — ecstasy — to treat veterans struggling with PTSD.

20/05/2021

What counts as a war crime? 

Almost two weeks of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants has left more than 200 people dead — almost all of them in Gaza. 

The International Criminal Court warns both sides may have committed war crimes — in this week’s Sitrep, we learn more about the laws of war, and ask whether anyone will be held to account if they’re being broken. 

We hear from the RAF’s commander for Middle East operations, who warns the Islamic State group it has “nowhere to hide”. 

A former National Security Adviser tells us Britain needs to decide what role it wants to take in the world post-Brexit. 

And we ask why the Army commissioned a report to establish its economic value to the UK, and find out what it says.

13/05/2021

Northern Ireland legacy issues; Missiles and Drones; Antarctic expedition. 

The government promises to bring forward legislation to deal with legacy issues related to the Northern Ireland Troubles. 

How drones will change warfare.  

 

Royal Marines on training exercises before deploying to the High North. 

And the Antarctic expedition that plans to mark the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

06/05/2021

Mali UN Operation; Russia and US; Army logistics 

British forces on patrol in Mali in West Africa as part of the UN Peacekeeping mission there.  

 

The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken sends a warning to Russia as he arrives in Ukraine for talks. 

The new museum that marks the role of logistics in campaigns from Agincourt to Afghanistan.

29/04/2021

Carrier Strike Group; Training Paratroopers; Australia Defence 

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her carrier strike group prepare for a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. Find out how paratroopers are being trained to fight on the urban battlefield. Why has Australia announced a large increase in defence spending?

22/04/2021

Offensive Cyber Operations; President Putin speech and Ukraine; Help for Heroes. 

Cyberspace has been described as the most contested domain – so how will the new National Cyber Force defend the UK? Sitrep speaks to the head of Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders. 

A former British ambassador to Moscow speaks to Sitrep about President Putin’s State of the Nation speech and concerns over Russian troops gathering on the borders of Ukraine. 

Also this week, how a military charity is helping frontline healthcare workers cope with the stress of dealing with Covid.

15/04/2021

Afghanistan withdrawal; The Duke of Edinburgh's connections with the military; Ukraine and Russia. 

Sitrep hears from a former UK ambassador to Kabul and our panel of defence experts on the future for Afghanistan post NATO withdrawal; The programme looks at the Duke of Edinburgh's connections with the armed forces and his wartime service in the Royal Navy; And find out how an inventor is adapting a vehicle to help protect troops against explosions.

08/04/2021

Uk Space Command; Russia and Ukraine; RAF Scampton 

Sitrep examines UK military plans for Space; We hear from a former NATO ambassador on growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine; Why the Red Arrows, a Lancaster and a Vulcan will feature in a stained glass window.

01/04/2021

Chief of the Defence Staff Interview 

(Title) Chief of the Defence Staff interview 

The CDS Gen Sir Nick Carter speaks exclusively to Sitrep about Army numbers, recruitment for the Rangers Regiment, the future of the Reserve Force, the need for change and new technologies, and the nature of the threats facing the UK.

25/03/2021

What does the Defence Command Paper mean for the UK's Armed Forces? 

After another huge week for UK Defence, Sitrep assesses how the plans in the Defence Command Paper will change the Army, the RAF and the Navy. Sitrep has detailed analysis from a range of experts on what's been described as the biggest review of Defence since the end of the Cold War.

18/03/2021

Sitrep 18th March 2021 

Analysis and expert commentary on the Integrated Review - described as the biggest Review of Defence and Security policy since the Cold War -with former CDS Lord Richards, Professor Michael Clarke, Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government and chair of the For Affairs Comm Tom Tugendhat. Also, flexible working in the armed forces with MOD's Helen Helliwell and Royal Marines on night exercises.

18/03/2021

Sitrep 18th March 2021 

Analysis and expert commentary on the Integrated Review - described as the biggest Review of Defence and Security policy since the Cold War -with former CDS Lord Richards, Professor Michael Clarke, Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government and chair of the For Affairs Comm Tom Tugendhat. Also, flexible working in the armed forces with MOD's Helen Helliwell and Royal Marines on night exercises.

11/03/2021

Military Sexism, Terror Attacks and Integrated Review 

The MoD says the military has “changed enormously” — but while women make up around 1-in-10 Army personnel — some say they face a “hostile environment” if they complain about bullying or harassment. 

As MPs start to look at issues around sexism in the military, we speak to one campaigner who says action is needed. 

We look at a new report that says deaths in terrorist attacks rose sharply last year, even though the number of attacks fell — and we hear about the most likely future threats. 

Why are so many veterans from Commonwealth countries struggling to secure the right to stay in the UK? An England rugby star tells us about his father’s experience. 

And we look ahead to the publication of the integrated review of defence, foreign affairs and security, and find out what to look out for.

04/03/2021

Yemen Aid, Killer Robots and Cyprus Vaccine 

Why has Britain halved its promise of aid to Yemen, scene of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster? 

The Prime Minister says aid must fall because of the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic, but on this week’s Sitrep we hear from a former Cabinet minister who’s been to Yemen to see for himself the devastation threatening the country’s population. 

Could a humanitarian catastrophe become a security crisis, radicalising a generation of Yemeni men? 

We report on a new study that suggests an alternative theory for the series of illnesses collectively described as Gulf War Syndrome. 

Plus as a report says the US must invest more in developing autonomous weapons, we hear from an academic campaigning for a worldwide ban on so-called “killer robots”. 

And we’re in Cyprus, where the coronavirus vaccine roll-out has started among the British military community there.

25/02/2021

Afghanistan Future, Defence Review and Mali Deployment 

Will the west ever be able to leave Afghanistan?  

The final withdrawal of foreign troops, after 20 years, is on hold again after a surge in violence we speak to a former British ambassador in Kabul about what needs to happen for remaining UK and other forces to leave. 

Speculation continues about what’s going to be in next month’s defence review — we hear from a senior Conservative MP worried cuts to the forces could harm Britain’s international reputation. 

We report from Cyprus, where British troops are training to join the most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission in the world. 

And with Prince Harry confirming he won’t return full-time to the royal family, a few honorary military titles are up for grab

18/02/2021

G7 Summit, Afghanistan Future and Christopher Lee 

Sitrep pays tribute to its long-time defence analyst, former presenter and editor, Christopher Lee, who died at the age of 79. 

We’ll hear some highlights from his three decades on the programme, and from some of those he worked with over the years. 

Plus, as Boris Johnson prepares to host a virtual gathering of G7 leaders, what difference will the presence of new US President Joe Biden make? 

NATO discusses its future in Afghanistan, as violence continues in the country. 

And we report on a move to end what the Prime Minister called a “very great injustice” — the removal of medals from hundreds of people thrown out of the forces over their sexuality.

11/02/2021

Yemen Conflict, Army Numbers and Cyber Warfare 

The United States is ending its support for Saudi Arabia’s offensive against Yemen, with Joe Biden saying it’s triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. 

But Britain is so far refusing to follow the US President’s lead, saying it makes its own decisions about arms sales — so should we continue to arm and support the Saudis? And can you seriously claim to be pushing for peace when you’re also selling weapons to one side in a conflict? 

Does the Army have enough battle-ready troops? A previously secret report suggests infantry battalions are running short, and the opposition is demanding action. 

Plus, as Britain reveals more about offensive cyber operations against the Islamic State group, we debate the ethics of cyber warfare. Just because you can take down another country’s computer systems, or shut down their power grid, does that mean you should?

04/02/2021

Navalny Jailed, Myanmar Coup, Captain Sir Tom 

Five months ago Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic was almost killed in a nerve agent attack — now he’s been jailed for 3-and-a-half years. 

Alexei Navalny says it’s Putin’s punishment for surviving the poisoning — and a warning to the huge crowds who’ve joined protests in more than a-hundred cities. 

But what should the west do about it? And how much will countries like the UK be willing to do? 

We look at the coup in Myanmar that’s seen Aung San Suu Kyi deposed and locked up. 

And we report on a new warning about the state of much military accommodation, and claims it’s worsening a retention crisis in the forces. 

Plus we look back at the extraordinary life of Captain Sir Tom Moore, after his death this week at the age of 100.

28/01/2021

Chinese War, Arab Spring and RAF 2040 

Days after Taiwan’s de facto ambassador in the US attended Joe Biden’s inauguration, China sent fighter jets into Taiwanese airspace. 

It’s being seen as a warning to the new US President not to intervene in what China sees as its affairs. 

In this week’s Sitrep, we hear from one expert on China, who fears a conflict over Taiwan is almost inevitable. 

Ten years after the Arab Spring, we ask why the dreams of a transition to democracy failed. 

And as the Chief of the Air Staff sets out his vision for the future of the RAF, we discuss the ethical implications of an autonomous fighter jet.

21/01/2021

Biden Administration, Navalny Arrested and Mental Health 

Sitrep hears from a former British ambassador in the US, and the Chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, on what a Biden administration means for Britain. 

As hospitals struggle to cope with a surge in coronavirus patients, the military is called in to help out. 

Also what will happen to Russia’s most prominent opposition activist, Alexei Navalny, who was detained on his return to the country? 

Plus a new service to help veterans in London struggling with mental health problems, and find out why Boris might be sending his Cabinet ministers to Sandhurst…

14/01/2021

Trump Impeachment, Afghanistan Future and Operation Granby 30 

Donald Trump becomes the first US President to be impeached twice — but he remains in office. This week’s Sitrep asks what would happen if the Commander-in-Chief tried to launch military action in his final days in the White House. 

His successor faces calls from a group of politicians in the UK to keep American troops in Afghanistan — but is their presence vital for peace talks with the Taliban? 

And on the thirtieth anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War, Sitrep speaks to some of those involved in making the big decisions in the operation to force Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, including a former Prime Minister.

07/01/2021

US Chaos, National Lockdown and Defence in 2021 

The first Sitrep of 2021 looks at two huge stories in the first week of the year, whose impact could be felt far longer. 

In the United States, a mob raids Congress, trying to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. 

How will the chaotic scenes in Washington DC be seen in London, Moscow and Beijing? 

Meanwhile, at home, Boris Johnson announces a new lockdown to try to curb spiralling coronavirus cases — the response to the pandemic is now the biggest-ever domestic peacetime military operation. 

We’ll take a longer look too at some of the other big issues likely to dominate the coming year.  

Fresh from its funding boost, is the MoD about to face some more tough spending decisions? 

Will 2021 be the year international forces finally leave Afghanistan? 

And what will the Biden presidency mean for America’s global allies?

17/12/2020

Sitrep Review: Defence and Security in 2020 

Sitrep looks back at an unpredictable and challenging year and assesses how it has changed Defence. 

Key figures involved in the military response to Covid discuss the lessons learned.  

The programme also hears from experts in the domains of Cyber and Space. 

And Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director of RUSI, gives his assessment of 2020 for the armed forces.

10/12/2020

Defence budget; NATO's ARRC; Pandemic logistics 

What could be the impact of planned budget cuts on Navy and Army reservists training? 

We ask what are the challenges facing NATO and how should the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps respond? 

And we hear how military logistics experts have worked through the Covid 19 pandemic and what lessons have been learnt

03/12/2020

Armed forces complaints; Type 32 Frigate; Royal Marines 

The Service Complaints Ombudsman tells Sitrep that - despite progress - the system for raising and addressing grievances in the military is not efficient, effective, or fair.

Sitrep looks at what we know so far about the promised Type 32 Frigate first mentioned by the Prime Minister in the funding settlement statement.
And you can hear a special report from Cyprus where Royal Marines are testing new technology and systems.

26/11/2020

Future shape of UK Defence after Funding Settlement. 

Sitrep focuses on future Defence priorities and funding with the Armed Forces Minister James Heappey, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey, the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Richards and Professor Michael Clarke from RUSI .

Plus Hannah King reports on how 'gun bubbles' are helping troops train for a deployment to Estonia.

 

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19/11/2020

Defence Spending; Afghanistan drawdown; Hurricane aid. 

Defence is to get a four year funding deal - what should the new money be spent on and how will it reshape the UK's defence policy? 

President Trump orders more US troops out of Afghanistan - but what does that mean for the fragile peace process?

And how RFA Argus is supporting Hurricane relief efforts.

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12/11/2020

US and NATO; Falklands mine-clearing; Space and Defence 

What is the future for US-NATO relations under a Joe Biden Presidency?  

The mission to rid the Falklands of landmines nearly 40 years after the conflict

And we look at the role for defence in Space.

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05/11/2020

Covid military response; US Election; Remembrance 

The armed forces helping to carry out rapid coronavirus testing in the government’s first mass pilot...

What are the future defence, foreign and security challenges for the winner of the Presidential election in the US? 

And how different will Remembrance be this year due to the Covid pandemic?

 

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29/10/2020

America’s knife-edge election & special forces raid oil tanker 

In less than a week, the United States chooses its next President. In this week’s Sitrep, we get the latest on the race for military votes, and ask what four more years of Donald Trump, or a new start under Joe Biden, would mean for the UK, and for Nato.

In the week special forces raided an oil tanker in trouble off the Isle of Wight, we ask whether the military could dragged into the ongoing Channel migrant and refugee crisis.

We’ll find out how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted Gurkha recruitment, and hear from a former head of GCHQ who says we could all learn a lot by thinking the way spies do.

Plus the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, tells us about his own relationship with the military, and why he thinks MPs should spend time with the forces learning how they work.

22/10/2020

Integrated Review: Drone Technology; GCHQ History. 

The future of the Integrated Security and Defence Review. 

Why is NATO planning to open a new Space Centre?

How will Drone technology change combat?

And what impact did GCHQ have in the Falklands War? 

 

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15/10/2020

Army Recruitment; North Korean missiles; Submarine Hunters 

How has Army recruitment been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic?  Sitrep speaks to the Assistant Director of Army Recruiting.

What lies behind North Korea’s decision to showcase its latest missile?

The RAF has welcomed the arrival of the first of the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft to its permanent home at RAF Lossiemouth.

And the campaign to honour armed forces personnel from the Caribbean with a new monument at the National Memorial Arboretum

 

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08/10/2020

Russian armed forces; Women in Royal Navy; Gurkha training 

A new report from the IISS think tank says the Russian armed forces are significantly smaller than their Soviet predecessors, but better equipped with more professional personnel. 

We mark thirty years since women were first deployed operationally at sea with the Royal Navy... 

And why the Gurkhas are doing ‘wet gap crossing’ training in Northumberland.

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01/10/2020

Integrated Operating Concept; HMS Queen Elizabeth; NHS & Military 

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, has set out the 'Integrated Operating Concept' this week. It's been described as the most significant shift in military thinking in generations. What is it and what impact could it have on the armed forces in the future?

The new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is to join a major NATO exercise from this weekend. We hear from a former Naval commander.

What’s the best way to improve NHS services for serving armed forces families and veterans?

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01/10/2020

Integrated Operating Concept; HMS Queen Elizabeth; NHS & Military 

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, has set out the 'Integrated Operating Concept' this week. It's been described as the most significant shift in military thinking in generations. What is it and what impact could it have on the armed forces in the future?

The new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is to join a major NATO exercise from this weekend. We hear from a former Naval commander.

What’s the best way to improve NHS services for serving armed forces families and veterans?

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24/09/2020

Former National Security Adviser on Chemical and Bioweapons. 

Lord Sedwill, the former National Security Adviser and Cabinet Secretary who stepped down this month, talks exclusively to Sitrep about chemical and biological weapons, the changing nature of threats and the Integrated Defence Review.

Why a new institute has been set up to study air and space power issues in defence and security and - out mortar training with the Duke of Lancaster’s regiment.

 

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17/09/2020

NATO on Future Extreme Threats; Battle of Britain 

NATO’s Assistant Secretary-General talks exclusively to Sitrep about the possible long-term extreme threats to the UK and other NATO members

And remembering the Battle of Britain 80 years on - we hear about the letters written by a Pilot Officer about the battle to his wife in occupied France.

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10/09/2020

Cyber security; US troops; British Army in Germany 

Where are the Cyber threats to the UK coming from? The former head of the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, on Russia, China and the impact of Covid 19.

More than two thousand US troops are to leave Iraq but is it the right time to draw down forces? We speak to the Chair of the Commons Defence Committee Tobias Ellwood.

More than a million British soldiers have lived and served in Germany over the past 75 years. A new exhibition at the National Army Museum opens on Saturday looking at this unique deployment . 

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03/09/2020

Novichok Poisoning; Gurkha Recruitment; Tensions in Eastern Med 

Germany says that Novichok has been used on a rival of President Putin - how will the international community react this time?

What’s behind the recent tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Plus, Sitrep looks at how the Gurkhas are changing their recruitment process. We join the Royal Marines on training exercises and how some of Britain’s rarest reptiles are thriving in a military fuel site.

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27/08/2020

Defence Review; Mali deployment; Sennelager training 

We look at the options facing the government as part of their Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence and security. Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, tells us that the government must find more money for defence. 

We ask what will be the impact of the recent coup in the West African state of Mali on plans to send 250 British troops there as part of a UN mission?  

Sitrep reports on how German soldiers are using the British run Sennelager training area to prepare for a mission in Afghanistan next year - and we hear how the last surviving landing craft from D-Day has finally reached its new home.

 

20/08/2020

Belarus Instability, Principled Spying and The Hardest Day 

As protests continue in Belarus, Sitrep looks at the wider implications.

We hear from the man who was Britain’s ambassador in Minsk when Lukashenko took power 26 years ago on what’s likely to happen next.

In the United States, the race for the White House is hotting up, with Joe Biden setting out his pitch to American voters.

We ask a former head of the Royal United Services Institute what a Biden victory could mean for US allies, and find out why there’s talk about the military potentially being asked to remove Donald Trump from the White House if he loses, and then refuses to leave.

A former head of GCHQ joins us to discuss the idea of “principled spying” — is it even possible?

And we find out why Chelsea Football Club has adopted an historic Lancaster bomber.

Plus we report from Biggin Hill airfield, 80 years after it played a key role in the “hardest day” of the Battle of Britain.

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13/08/2020

Legacy of VJ Day; Defence Review; Beirut Explosion 

75 years on - what’s the legacy of VJ day?

How should the government review the UK’s security and defence needs?

We hear what military personnel are doing to help after the devastating explosion in Beirut

And why the script of the film 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' caused concern in the War Office.

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06/08/2020

Covid 19 and food supplies; Gurkha training; Balaclava medals. 

The Government offers aid and help from military personnel after the massive explosion in Beirut.

What impact is the Covid 19 pandemic having on food supplies around the world? 

Sitrep has a special report on training with the UK Gurkha Company   

And the Battle of Balaclava, one man’s story as part of the Charge of the Heavy Brigade.

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23/07/2020

Russia report; Commando Helicopter Force; Covid response. 

What should be done to counter cyber threats from Russia?

A new report says there needs to be more investment in armed forces personnel and their families to keep them in the military.

We report on Exercise Merlin Storm with Commando Helicopter Force

And a reservist’s personal insight into what it's been like to work in hospitals throughout the Covid pandemic.

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16/07/2020

HMS Queen Elizabeth, Yemen appeal, Potsdam conference. 

Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham on the future deployment of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. 

The Red Cross tells Sitrep how the conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the treatment of those affected by COVID-19.

And we report from Germany on the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference that shaped the future of post-war Europe. 

 

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09/07/2020

Integrated Defence Review; Libya; Huawei; Battle of Britain 

The Chief of the Defence staff on the future shape of the armed forces.

Why have so many countries become involved in the conflict going on in Libya?

A day in the life of military personnel working on coronavirus Mobile Testing units.

What will the Government do about Huawei and 5G? The significance of the Battle of Britain in the Second World War.

 

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02/07/2020

Afghanistan deployment; Covid 19 testing; Mental Health. 

As Afghanistan deals with the spread of Coronavirus, a British Army spokesperson tells the programme what precautions are being taken on their deployment in the country.

A new National Security Adviser has been appointed but what will be the impact of the change at the top of Whitehall? Professor Michael Clarke unpicks the changes.

And searching for the right words to find fitting inscriptions for military graves. We speak to Peter Francis from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 

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25/06/2020

Armed Forces Week, Russian Power And Perfect Tea! 

We assess the impact of the military's response to Covid 19: Russia's security services under the spotlight.

One of the RAF’s first female fast jet pilots tells Sitrep what it was like to be a pioneer in her field and our ambassador to Washington enlists the help of the Army, the Navy and the RAF in making the perfect cup of tea!

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18/06/2020

Tributes Paid To Dame Vera Lynn. US Troops In Germany 

Tributes paid to Dame Vera Lynn, the forces sweetheart.

President Trump has confirmed that 9,500 US troops are to leave Germany, so how will that affect NATO's strategy in Europe?

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee tells Sitrep of his deep concern over the fatal clashes at the border between China and India

Plus -  why a new research project has been launched to see how veterans are coping during the Covid 19 pandemic. 

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11/06/2020

The Army confronts racism, NATO warns the world about the economic and military rise of China and the oldest Admiral in the Royal Navy turns 99. 

One of the Army’s most senior officers has told BFBS Sitrep why he wrote an open letter about tackling racism, following the protests over the death of George Floyd.

Commander, Home Command, Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch told Sitrep that the British Army was not immune to incidences of racism and he's written to all commanders saying he is determined the army will push back against racism, hatred and division.

We also hear from a former United States permanent representative to NATO about a warning this week from the organisation's head about the growing economic and military power of China. Jens Stoltenberg said the West must stand together to face any challenges.

And the oldest Admiral in the fleet... we look at Prince Philip's war time experiences - including witnessing  Japan's surrender - in the week he celebrates his 99th birthday.

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04/06/2020

The Army forms a new regiment to combat digital attacks, the impact of Covid on defence spending and and leadership tips from No 10. 

We hear about the new regiment being formed to counter the threat from digital attacks. The first dedicated Cyber regiment is designed to protect defence networks at home and on operations overseas. Brigadier John Collyer - the Commander of 1st Signal Brigade - tells us about the threats and explains how the 13th Signal regiment is made up from different specialist teams. The military have been widely praised for their work throughout the COVID 19 crisis but questions are being asked now about the impact of the pandemic on government spending overall, and on defence spending in particular. We hear from the Defence Secretary giving evidence in parliament and from defence experts. And what advice on leadership and motivation would you give a 14 year old? We hear from a father who, when working at Downing St, asked world leaders, authors and sports stars to write down their life advice for his son we hear what George W Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and J.K. Rowling, among others. Follow us @bfbssitrep

28/05/2020

Rare access to the scientists at Porton Down supporting the Covid-19 fight, what was the impact of the Dunkirk evacuation 80 years ago and gamers h... 

We hear from scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down who have been using their expertise to assess how the coronavirus behaves and to support the government's testing programme. We assess the impact of Dunkirk 80 years after the evacuation of over 300,000 thousand British and Allied troops from the beaches and hear from a 100 year old veteran who was taken prisoner.  

And we hear how the US Army is using skilled gamers in its ranks to reach out to prospective recruits  at a time when coronavirus makes career fairs difficult. The army e-sports team competes full time and organises large online tournaments where they can meet prospective soldiers. Follow us @bfbssitrep

21/05/2020

It’s Mental Health Awareness week during lockdown, how are military charities helping. Combating disinformation around the virus and the Red Arr... 

It’s Mental Health Awareness week, and this year’s theme is “kindness” — in this week’s Sitrep we hear how one military charity’s helping some of those struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ll find out how NATO’s combating disinformation around the virus — with help from the British military.

And we’ll hear from the head of the UN relief mission in Yemen — a country battered by years of civil war, and now struggling with Covid-19.

Plus updates on how the pandemic’s affecting British forces communities in Canada and Cyprus — and the Red Arrows have a new home — not too far from the old one.

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14/05/2020

An inquiry is launched into the defence contribution to the Covid crisis, why is the US sending bombers overseas and the service complaints system,... 

MPs on the Commons Defence Select Committee want to know if the military could have been used sooner to boost Britain's response to the coronavirus pandemic -- we'll speak to the committee's chairman.

We'll also ask why America sent its fleet of bombers into the skies above Europe and the Indo-Pacific this week in a show of strength — aimed in part at China.

Most military personnel who think they have a valid complaint about their treatment don’t actually make one. And according to the Ombudsman overseeing service complaints, the system is neither efficient or fair.

We hear from Nicola Williams about what’s working, what’s not, and why women in the military are nearly five times more likely to file a complaint than men.

We’ve updates on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting reserves in Northern Ireland, and the impact of a slight easing of restrictions in Germany.

Plus we take to the skies with the Covid Aviation Task Force, which has been helping the NHS in its response to the pandemic.

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07/05/2020

What restrictions need to be in place for the military to resume training? Who could be trying to hack into the labs working on a coronavirus vacc... 

We look at the government’s plans to re-start military training programmes, despite the continuing coronavirus lockdown. Ministers say it’ll be done in a “responsible, socially distanced way” — but how?

Who could be trying to hack into the labs working on a coronavirus vaccine? A warning this week pointed the finger at “hostile actors” — we’ll look at why it’s happening.

We’ll hear from one military charity worried about the mental health of veterans dealing with the pandemic.

And ahead of the VE Day anniversary, we’ll find out how it’s being marked at home and online, hear from Cyprus about the role the island played in the war, and we’ve a special report from Germany on what surrender meant for its citizens.

 

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30/04/2020

What will the world look like when the coronavirus pandemic is in the past? Will relations with China collapse? How will Russia respond and where d... 

What will the world look like when the coronavirus pandemic is in the past? Will relations with China collapse? How will Russia respond? And where does it leave Britain? We’ll discuss the potential for major change with the director-general of RUSI

We report on the military’s latest role responding to the pandemic — setting up dozens of mobile testing facilities

We get updates on how forces communities around the world are coping with the lockdown.

And on Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, we hear from the postmaster who’s had to cope with more than 100-thousand cards.

Plus, a former MoD expert on UFOs tells us why the Pentagon’s suddenly being so open about potential close encounters.

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23/04/2020

More military deploy in response to coronavirus, what are the parallels with a warzone and how are military charities coping? 

Thousands of military personnel are part of Britain’s response to the Coronavirus crisis, but should they be doing more?

What are the parallels between being in a war zone and being on the frontline of the medical battle against Covid-19?  Sitrep speaks to an expert in military mental health,

And, as the head of MI5 steps down, what are the security threats we need to be worried about once the pandemic has passed?

Plus, how are military charities coping as many face financial crisis?

 

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16/04/2020

Coronavirus: How will it change our world? 

The coronavirus pandemic respects no borders, striking the wealthiest countries, and the poorest. This week, we look at the potential impact on conflict zones.

A former adviser to the US State Department tells us Afghanistan will have to cope without much international support.

In the United States, Donald Trump comes under more pressure over his response to the pandemic. Will it prompt him to withdraw even further from America’s decades-old role as global leader?

We get an update from Cyprus on how the outbreak is affecting the lives of the British forces community.

And we tell the story of Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old veteran who’s raised millions for the NHS.

09/04/2020

Coronavirus: The military prepares for a long haul 

With the Prime Minister in hospital, who’s in charge of Britain’s security? As the Government continues to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, former RUSI head Professor Michael Clarke tells us some will see an opportunity to exploit.

The Chief of the Defence Staff is telling the forces to treat the virus response as a long-term operation — we speak to retired Major General Tim Robinson, formerly in charge of military assistance to civilian authorities, about the different mindset that’s required.

And as the coronavirus reaches Africa, are there lessons from the way British forces helped to tackle the Ebola outbreak there in 2014. We hear from Kate Dooley, from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, who’s normally based in Sierra Leone.

Plus care homes call on the public to get in touch with lonely veterans, forced to isolate while the outbreak continues.

02/04/2020

Coronavirus: The Forces join the fight 

The giant NHS Nightingale Hospital in London’s docklands prepares to receive patients — built in just a few days with help from the Army. We’ve a special report from inside the hospital.

As thousands of reservists are called up and the RAF and Royal Navy make their own contributions to the national response to the pandemic, we’ll hear from the First Sea Lord, and get updates from forces communities in Germany, the Falklands and Cyprus.

Plus we learn more about the call to veterans to help their local communities cope with the virus.

Fake news connected to the pandemic is spreading around the world — we’ll explore the task facing the new government unit set up to combat conspiracy theories.

And we hear how a group of veterans in Scotland are using technology to keep in touch despite the rules on social distancing.

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26/03/2020

Coronavirus: The Army builds a hospital 

We hear from some of those in the forces helping the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Richards tells us the Army’s “perfect” to help build a giant new hospital in London — and remembers his experiences of being drafted in to help in past civil emergencies.

We learn about the military personnel training to deliver vital oxygen supplies to hospitals up and down the country, and find out how the outbreak could threaten charities working with veterans.

Plus we look at how prepared the UK was for this emergency — do we need to think more about civil defence?

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19/03/2020

Coronavirus: Britain's biggest fight in generations 

After an extraordinary week for the UK and the world, this week’s Sitrep looks at the role the military is likely play in the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We’ve a full update on the MoD’s plans so far, and former defence minister Tobias Ellwood tells us how the military will fit into the overall response.

Michael Clarke, the former director-general at the Royal United Services Institute, remembers past occasions where the military’s been called in to help out, and chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton Gordon talks through the lessons from the Novichok attack in Salisbury that could come in handy in the coming weeks.

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12/03/2020

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Britain's growing military mission in Africa and can Putin be president for life? 

It’s five years since Saudi Arabia first intervened in the fighting in Yemen. Since then it’s escalated into the world’s worst humanitarian disaster — and this week aid agencies have warned the situation could get even worse. 

We’ll hear from the Red Cross, on the ground in Yemen, on the crisis facing its population — and learn more about Saudi Arabia’s huge surge in arms imports during the conflict — and who’s selling them the weapons. 

Plus a special report from Africa on Britain’s growing military role in the continent, and find out more about the coming deployment to Mali. 

And if you thought you’d soon see the back of Vladimir Putin — think again. Find out how Russia’s leader plans to effectively become president for life with Russia analyst Stephen Dalziel 

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05/03/2020

Can the military help with the coronavirus outbreak, the Brits training African soldiers in Senegal and International Women's Day 

Should the military be helping in the fight against coronavirus?  

Lord Dannatt, former head of the Army, tells Sitrep his thoughts.

How British troops are training African soldiers to combat the Islamist extremists in the Sahel.

And find out what it's like to be a RAF reservist....

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27/02/2020

The defence review to end all defence reviews, life after service and the high tech piracy threat on the high seas. 

Downing Street has launched a huge review of defence, security and foreign policy. It's like nothing we've seen before.  Lucy Fisher, Defence Editor at The Times and Professor Michael Clarke, Distinguished Fellow at RUSI explain how it might work.

Our reporter Sian Grzeszczyk talks to former Major General John Henderson who is now Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council about life after service.

And Ed Jennings reports on the new technology which could make it easier for pirates to operate at sea.

Presented by Kate Gerbeau with Christopher Lee.

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20/02/2020

Assad claims victory is close, have the West failed Syria? A virtual no show by the UK at an important Security conference and 20 years since the M... 

The scale of the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Syria is hard to comprehend.   Close to 1-million civilians — the majority women and children — have fled towards the Turkish border in the depths of winter.  Western nations, though, appear unwilling to do anything.

Germany’s president criticises the US, and Mike Pompeo insists the transatlantic alliance remains strong. We’ll look at those competing claims, and why the UK only sent a very junior representative to the first big international security conference since Brexit.

 

Sir William Patey talks about the impending peace deal in Afghanistan, the way the Taliban has managed to win a key role in deciding the country’s future, and the political pressure pushing Trump to sign the deal.

 

A lot has changed in the two decades since the government lifted the bar on gay and bisexual people serving in the armed forces.  Now a group of veterans and serving personnel - some of them instrumental in fighting to remove that ban - are giving their backing to a new charity called "Fighting with Pride".

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13/02/2020

Army recruitment hits its target, the PM wields the axe in the reshuffle and Sinn Fein gains influence in the Irish election 

The Army has some rare good news on the shortfalls in its ranks.  It is about to meet its recruitment target for the first time since it started a controversial private partnership with Capita in 2012.

The cabinet reshuffle didn't go quite as expected but are there any defence implications?  We talk to Lucy Fisher, Defence Editor at the The Times

Africa’s Sahel region, is currently at the centre of huge conflict and displacement with different armed groups, including Al Qaeda and Islamic State moving in. We talk to Paul Melly, consulting fellow at Chatham House.

The United States is a hundred percent committed to NATO.  So says a US General involved in the planning of the largest deployment of U.S.-based forces to Europe for an exercise in more than 25 years.

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06/02/2020

The Defence Committee has a new chair, Trump's State of the Union address and the P-8A arrives in Scotland 

President Trump’s made his annual State of the Union address to Congress.  Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington explains how it went down with the voters and Dr Karin von Hippel the Director General of RUSI talks about the current state of Britain’s relationship with the US.

Does the United Nations need reform? Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the UN, is angry because countries are ignoring security council resolutions. 

The new chairman of the House of Commons Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood, tells us what he hopes to achieve in the job.

And aviation expert Paul Beaver gives his view on the RAF’s new Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

Presented by Kate Gerbeau with Christopher Lee.

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30/01/2020

Does Huawei pose a risk to UK security, the 6th generation Tempest and finally it's Brexit! 

The Government’s made its decision on Huawei and the new 5G Network – but is it the right one?  James Sullivan, head of Cyber Research at the Royal United Services Institute looks at the concerns surrounding the announcement.

As we remember the Holocaust, why are we ignoring the human-rights atrocities happening right now?  Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, reminds us of today’s brutalities.

Sian Grzeszczyk speaks to Bae System’s Human Factors lead researcher, Suzy Broadbent, about the new technology that will read the minds of future fast-jet pilots to improve their performance. 

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23/01/2020

A Defence review is imminent, the Type 45 power problems to be fixed and farewell Peter Hobday. 

The 2020 Defence Review – is it big enough to shape Britain’s future defence policy?  Defence analysts Francis Tusa and Christopher Lee discuss the possible options.

The former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West explains why is there concern over the repair programme for the Type 45s.

Did the government do a deal with Sinn Fein that could lead to more veterans being prosecuted?  Former defence minister Mark Francois voices his concern.

And remembering Peter Hobday, the first presenter of Sitrep.

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16/01/2020

Iran, Putin's big plan, Libya and Millennials' war worries. 

Higar Chemali, the former spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations and Professor Scott Lucas from Birmingham University tell us

why the UK has changed its policy on the  Iran nuclear deal, and look at America’s reaction one week after the air strikes against US forces in Iraq.

Former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov looks at President Putin’s big plan for the future leadership of Russia

Who’s fighting who in Libya? Mary Fitzgerald is a writer and frequent visitor to the beleaguered country and explains all the different factions in the current crisis.

According to a recent survey carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross, millennials across the globe are worried about war, but why?

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09/01/2020

Iran, foreign policy alignment and the consequences 

This week Sitrep takes an in-depth look at the Iran-US crisis,

Was it a bad decision by the United States?  Should the UK's foreign policy should be aligned so closely with America's?

How have Europe & Russia reacted to the rising tensions?

And where does this leave British and American troops based in Iraq and what are the longer-term consequences for the Middle East?

That’s all in this week’s Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee

 

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02/01/2020

Real Cold War Spies: BRIXMIS 

BRIXMIS was a unit of the British Army set up at the end of the Second World War as part of a liaison mission between the wartime allies: Britain, France, America, and The Soviet Union.

BRIXMIS stands for the 'British Commander-in-Chief’s Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany'.

However, BRIXMIS rapidly became, in common with United States (USMLM) and French Allied Military Liaison Missions (FMLM), something quite different.

In this special edition of Sitrep, BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon tells Kate Gerbeau how she took former BRIXMIS operative Dave Butler back to Germany, where he spied on Soviet troops at the height of the cold war.  As well as Dave, Rosie spoke to other former spies from Britain, the US and the former Soviet Union, who all have dramatic tales of espionage in plain sight.

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19/12/2019

Sitrep 2019 Review of the Year 

So what’s the state of British Defence as 2019 draws to a close? 

That’s the question being asked on Sitrep this week as Britain’s newly elected government goes to work.

In an extended programme, Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee will be joined by a panel of experts to assess current and future security threats to the UK and NATO.

They’ll also be looking ahead to Brexit, the US Presidential election and the security issues surrounding climate change.

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12/12/2019

The Afghan Papers, Russian-Ukraine cease fire and protecting fish. 

Did major allies fail to tell the truth about the state of the war in Afghanistan?  The former ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir William Patey, gives us his unique perspective.

Russia and Ukraine talk peace, but is President Putin listening? Jonathan Eyal ,International Director at the Royal United Services Institute, discusses the ceasefire.

BFBS Reporter Rebecca Ricks has a special report from Portsmouth looking at how the Royal Navy fishery protection. 

And cricket returns to Pakistan, but why is it so important?  Cricket commentator, Guy Swindles explains.

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05/12/2019

RBL manifesto, Libya and NATO's big birthday 

The Royal British Legion has  launched its own manifesto asking what’s in the general election for service people and veterans?

Happy Birthday NATO, but not everyone’s celebrating.

And why is NATO still obsessed with the threat from Russia but forgetting all about Libya?

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28/11/2019

Russian military advantage, election manifestos and defence in 2020s 

As Nato celebrates its 70th birthday, Sitrep looks ahead to next week’s summit hosted in the UK with Elizabeth Braw from the Royal United Services Institute, Professor Scott Lucas from the University of Birmingham, and former director general of RUSI, Professor Michael Clarke.

A new report says that Russia could ‘outgun’ the UK on the battlefield, Professor Michael Clarke looks at the evidence.

The Tories and SNP launched their election manifestos this week, but with two weeks to go, who will get your vote for defence?  BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee looks at the details.

And a fascinating new book  "Tipping Point, Britain, Brexit and security in the 2020s" by Michael Clarke and Helen Ramscar looks at Britain and its security strengths and weaknesses in the 2020s.

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21/11/2019

Duke of York quits, defence in the election and M talks. 

The Duke of York steps down from public duties, but what does it mean for his military roles?  BFBS reporter Claire Sadler and royal historian Christopher Lee look back on his military career and achievements.

Chris Curtis, the Political Research Manager at YouGov, tells us how defence and security rate as an issue for voters ahead of the General Election.

And we find out what Labour,  the Lib Dems and the Green Party are they saying about defence as they launch their manifestos.

In a rare interview, the head of MI6 speaks about his life in the Service and how the world of espionage is changing.  He spoke to Sky’s Defence Correspondent, Alistair Bunkall.

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14/11/2019

NATOs 'brain dead', election defence themes and RIP Lord Bramall 

Why does French President Emmanuel Macron think NATO is suffering brain death and that Europe should be more powerful? 

Find out what the two main party leaders are saying about the main defence and security issues on the campaign trail.  We talk to The Times' defence correspondent Lucy Fisher.

And, remembering Lord Bramall -  looking back at a long & distinguished military career from D-Day to Hong Kong and the Falklands War.

 

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07/11/2019

Russian political interference, Fallon retires and 30 years since the Wall fell 

Jonathan Eyal, International Director at the Royal United Services Institute, explains why a report into Russian interference with British politics hasn’t been published.

 

Sitrep talks to the former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon as he steps down from political life.

 

It’s 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sitrep hears from former British Army spy Dave Butler who worked on the BRIXMIS mission which spied on Soviet military activities in East Germany.

 

Plus – BFBS presenter Jamie Gordon gives his account of broadcasting from Berlin during one of the most iconic moments of the 20th Century

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31/10/2019

Al Baghdadi is killed, defence election issues and have we reached Tipping Point 

For years he’s been the world’s most wanted terrorist. Now Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. In this week’s Sitrep, we examine the implications of the death of the IS leader, and what’s likely to happen next with Fawaz Gerges, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Professor Michael Clarke, former director-general of the Royal United Services Institute.

After months of political deadlock, Britain is set for a pre-Christmas election. The Times' political Correspondent, Lucy Fisher, looks at whether defence issues will get a mention in a campaign likely to be dominated by Brexit.

Professor Michael Clarke has written a new book how Brexit is creating a new world of security challenges

And a former Army officer explains how he helped track down one of the suspects in the Sergei Skripal poisoning, and explains how much vital intelligence is just out there, waiting to be discovered.

 

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24/10/2019

Climate change protests, a press blackout down under and issues for the Royal Navy 

People all over the world are taking to the streets in protest against their governments for different reasons.  Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford explains why this is happening now and what it could mean for the future.

President Trump is pulling America out of the Paris climate change agreement.

Paul Osbourne explains what the Australian newspaper black-out has to do with defence.

Why the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has concerns about the Royal Navy fleet.

And military thinking outside the box with The Wavell Room.

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17/10/2019

The fallout as US leaves Syria, new head of veteran' affairs and a royal visit in Pakistan 

President Donald Trump says the crisis which has followed the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is not America's fight.  As Russian forces appear to fill the void left we talk to Mary Dejevsky about why this is a good and bad situation for President Putin. 

Simon Marks gives us the low down on the Republican vote, supported by some Democrats, condemning Trump's decision on Syria and the increasingly incendiary rhetoric.

We talk to Pakistan's High Commissioner in London about the Royal visit to his country.

As David Richmond is announced as head of the newly created Office for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer explains its remit, funding and long term ambitions.

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09/10/2019

Turkey bombs Syria, will the US withdraw from Open Skies and protection for veterans 

Turkish forces are stepping up air strikes and a ground offensive, as their incursion in Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria continues. It follows the withdrawal of US troops, who fought alongside Kurdish forces in north-east Syria against so-called Islamic State.  Former soldier and Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely joins us along with former US intelligence officer Michael Pregent.

The American press are suggesting President Trump is about to bin yet another east west treaty. It's called the Open Skies treaty and it says Russians and Americans should be able to fly over and look over each other's territory and so lesson the chances of building undeclared weapons. Jonathan Eyal joins us.

Pressure mounts on the Prime Minister to announce a Bill protecting veterans of Northern Ireland in the Queen’s Speech. Lord Dannatt, ex Army chief, and Michael Fallon, former defence sec, are among those who have written to The Times.  We speak to the paper's defence correspondent Lucy Fisher.

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02/10/2019

Hong Kong violence continues, will Brexit involve the forces and a new US military boss 

An RAF pilot has been selected to join Virgin Orbit's small satellite launch programme on secondment

Brexit is four weeks away, so what preparations are being made for any potential civil disobedience and will the military be involved? 

Hiding in plain sight Exercise Iron Viper challenges the art of camouflage in an urban environment.

As the violence in Hong Kong gets worse we speak to Professor Steve Tsang from SOAS at the University of London on what happens next. 

The US has a new top military officer, General Mark Milley takes over as the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

And why is Sweden’s Navy HQ returning to a vast underground fortress designed to withstand a nuclear attack  

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26/09/2019

Can climate change lead to conflict, exclusive access to a sniper course and soldiers jumping ship! 

We are joined by Professors Paul Rogers and Michael Clarke to talk the constitution, law and the military after this week's Supreme Court decision.  

Can climate change send us to war?

Forces News has been given exclusive access to a sniper course and Amy Wiltshire has been speaking to one of the them about their job.

And soldiers jumping ship to join the Royal Navy.

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19/09/2019

The PM praises the military, paratroopers were racially harassed and the second carrier starts sea trials 

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has praised the military at a Downing Street reception for the Armed Forces. The Iran/Saudi stand off continues but what does this mean for the US we hear from experts Dan Plesch and Mike Evans. 

Two former paratroopers who took the Ministry of Defence to a tribunal were subject to "highly offensive" racial harassment, an employment judge has ruled.  Why is this still happening in the Army?

And Britain's second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales begins sea trials.

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10/09/2019

The new Type 31 building contract announced, more violence in Northern Ireland and Bolton gets the boot 

This week the First Sea Lord is at DSEI as the MOD announce Babcock will build the new Type 31 frigates.

Police chiefs in Northern Ireland say a bomb in Londonderry was built with the aim of killing police officers.  We talk to the Chair of the Police Federation of Northern Ireland Mark Lindsay.

We are joined by Dr Karin Von Hippel, the Director General of RUSI to talk about the sacking of the US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Fawaz Gerges explains what it means for American foreign policy.

Chris Ryan, the former SAS soldier turned author has a new book out called Black Ops.  It's firmly based on his knowledge of how the regiment operates, so what's life like as member of the elite unit in today's trouble times?

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05/09/2019

Does the UK need a National Security Adviser, Taliban piece talks and a shortage in aircrew training 

This week we are joined by Dr Julian Lewis, Chair of the Commons Defence Committee to discuss defence spending and why the UK needs a full time National Security Adviser.

Christina Lamb, chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times talks about the Taliban peace talks and whether they will bring long term peace to Afghanistan.

We're tracking the Adrian Darya 1.  The oil tanker that was seized by Royal Marines off Gibraltar back in July has been hanging around in the Eastern Mediterranean  - what is it waiting for?

Paul Beaver is an aviation expert and we talk to him about the National Audit Office report suggesting military aircrew training is coming up short.

And we remember the start of the Second World War, 80 years ago this week.

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29/08/2019

Sitrep August 29th 2019 

The Prime Minister's decision to temporarily suspend parliament and have a new Queen's Speech means the Chancellor is planning his spending.  Defence analysts Francis Tusa and Professor Michael Clarke discuss whether defence could lose out. We track the Iranian tanker formerly known as Grace 1.  It's now called Adrian Darya 1 and is trying to find somewhere to refuel in the eastern Mediterranean, but this is more than a story about a ship as Professor Michael Clarke explains. What happens at BATUS, the British Army's training unit on the prairie in Canada? Our reporter Sian Grzeszczyk talks to BATUS Commander Colonel Mark Ellwood. And Churchill established his war rooms in a bunker beneath Whitehall 80 years ago this week. Imperial War Museum Curator James Taylor has some stories from that time. Presented by James Hirst with Christopher Lee.

22/08/2019

Sitrep August 22nd 2019 

Talks between the US and the Taliban on a peace deal in Afghanistan are said to be close to completion — with the White House keen to get American troops home before Donald Trump seeks re-election next year. We hear from a correspondent who’s been talking to the Taliban’s chief negotiator in Qatar. The latest figures on UK military personnel numbers again show the forces are under their target strength. But the Chief of the Defence Staff has claimed that doesn’t matter, in an age of autonomous and unmanned equipment. We’ll ask whether he’s right. Donald Trump and Boris Johnson head to the G7 summit this weekend, and the tension with Iran is likely to dominate — we’ll look ahead. And we’ll ask why Donald Trump was so keen to buy Greenland, and so offended when his bizarre suggested was rejected out of hand.

15/08/2019

Sitrep August 15th 2019 

On the 14th August 1969 the British Army deployed to Northern Ireland in response to sectarian riots on the streets of Londonderry and Belfast.  Op Banner, as the Army came to call it, was the longest ever continuous operational deployment of troops in the history of the British Armed Forces.

In this programme, 50 years on, you'll hear from:

  • Ben Wallace, the Secretary of State for Defence. 
  • General Sir Mike Jackson who served as a Captain with the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday and went on to become Chief of the General Staff.
  • Baron Caine, a former government advisor to the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Richard White, a former Royal Marine who served in Northern Ireland.

Presented by James Hirst with Christopher Lee 

01/08/2019

Sitrep August 1st 2019 

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In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

The UN hears pleas to intervene in Syria, but why the is the west is seemingly so reluctant to intervene?

As Britain’s stand-off with Iran continues, is there a diplomatic way to end it? 

One week into Boris Johnson’s premiership, what have we learned about his commitment to the forces? And are the repeated comparisons to Winston Churchill really justified?

Plus, as an American teenager wins $3-million playing the video game Fortnite, how the military views gamers as a potential source of new recruits

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25/07/2019

Sitrep July 25 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

We have a new Prime Minister and now a new Defence Secretary, so who is Ben Wallace?

The UK wants to put together a European-led maritime protection mission in the Gulf – but what ships are needed and how will it work?

Britain is going to deploy troops to Mali in Africa, but what will they be doing?

And Sitrep’s summer reading list:  delve deep into military history and foreign affairs with Sitrep’s reading list.

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18/07/2019

Sitrep 18th July 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

04/07/2019

Sitrep July 4th 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

The controversy surrounding the Royal Marines capturing an oil tanker off Gibraltar.

Hong Kong riots - has the UK gone too far in condemning China?

Putin says it's time the West changed its liberal ideas.

The British Ambassador to the United Nations who wanted to be a fighter pilot.

And why Trump won't let the generals rain on his parade.

27/06/2019

Sitrep 27th June 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

20/06/2019

Sitrep 20th June 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

14/06/2019

Sitrep 13th June 2019 

13th June 2019

This week on Sitrep:

No more street-fighting. The RAF tracks down IS to the Iraqi mountains.  Air Commodore Justin Reuter talks to Simon Newton

Why two oil tankers were on fire in the Gulf.

Pressure builds in Sudan.  Michelle Gavin, senior fellow for Africa Studies at the Council for Foreign Relations says the country is on a knife edge.

British Forces lead Exercise Baltic Protector.

And what do the Tory Leader hopefuls think about Defence?  Robert Fox from the London Evening Standard has the low-down. Sitrep is presented by Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee.

 

06/06/2019

Sitrep June 6th 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

30/05/2019

Sitrep May 30th 2019 

In Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee…

 

As Theresa May prepares to step down — what will her legacy be on defence? We hear from one expert who thinks she was never that interested in the forces, and find out which of the candidates vying to replace her has the best defence pedigree.

 

Before she resigns, Mrs May has to host Donald Trump on his state visit to the UK next week — we head to Washington to find out what’s likely to be on the agenda.

 

Fierce fighting resumes in Syria, as government and Russian forces try to wipe out the last remaining rebel stronghold. We’ll ask why the west appears to have stopped paying attention.

 

And ahead of events next week to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we hear one veteran’s story from the 6th of June 1944.

 

Guests include:

Lucy Fisher, Defence Correspondent of The Times

Professor Michael Clarke, former director of RUSI and Professor Paul Rogers, Dept of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.

 

23/05/2019

Sitrep Thursday 23rd May 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

Why did the Carrier’s Captain have to leave his ship? 

Is Turkey hungry for war with Cyprus?

Should Britain hand back the Chagos (PRO: Chay-gos) Islands?

What are the modern day challenges of UN Peacekeeping operations?

And the essence of being a soldier – the warrant officer’s speech that’s a must-watch for MoD recruiters.

16/05/2019

Sitrep Thursday 16th May 

Former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Dannatt welcomes the Defence Secretary's plans to examine the way historical allegations are handled.

Tensions rise between the Iran and the United States but are they heading towards confrontation? Professor Joshua Landis from the University of Oklahoma explains what's happening and Michael Evans, former Pentagon Correspondent for The Times talks about the mixed messages from the US and UK on the threat level.

US General Michael Garrett explains the how his men will fight in the future.

And the Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Israel.  Paul "Dr Eurovision" Jordan talks about the politics surrounding this non-political event

10/05/2019

Sitrep May 9th 2019 

Why MP Johnny Mercer has withdrawn support for the government over historical allegations in Northern Ireland.

 

Is the special relationship is back on as Pompeo and Hunt have talks in London.

 

Is Iran a threat to the UK and is Libya being ignored?

 

And army boxing, why it’s attracting an online audience.

 

02/05/2019

Sitrep May 2nd 2019 

This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

Gavin Williamson has lost his job as Defence Secretary.  He was sacked by the Prime Minister because she believes he was the source of a leak from the National Security Council.

The Chairman of the House of Commons Defence Committee Dr Julian Lewis gives his views on Williamson, the new woman in the job Penny Mordaunt and Huawei.

He's joined by Professor Anthony Glees from the University of Buckingham.

And Professor Eric Grove talks discusses the growing naval strength of China and Japan.

 

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25/04/2019

Sitrep April 25th 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

11/04/2019

Sitrep April 11th 2019 

Presented by Kate Gerbeau with Christopher Lee.

05/04/2019

Sitrep April 4th 2019 

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28/03/2019

Sitrep March 28th 2019 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee -

Is India now a super-power?

How London and Moscow are trying to improve relations.

Plus, why do people leave the armed forces?  And what should the Mod do to increase retention

And, how one part of Brexit IS happening on time tomorrow.

21/03/2019

Sitrep March 21st 2019 

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15/03/2019

Sitrep March 14th 2019 

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07/03/2019

7th March 2019: International Women’s Day Special 

This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

It's 2019 and if you're a woman, you can now apply to do every single job in the British Armed Forces.

We celebrate International Women's Day by hearing from some of the top female voices in defence, including:

  • Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.
  • Colonel Lucy Giles, President of the Army Selection Board.
  • Madeleine Moon MP, a long-serving member of the House of Commons Defence Committee who says the Ministry of Defence isn't doing enough to recruit more women.
  • Commodore Ellie Ablett MBE, who founded the Naval Servicewomen's Network.
  • Maria Stuttaford who has been studying the impact of the unpaid work done by military wives.

And Sarah Brown, Chair of Theirworld and wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks about a forgotten casualty of war; the education of girls.

 

28/02/2019

Sitrep February 28th 2019 

28th February

This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

President Trump and Kim Jong-un have said no deal this time on nuclear warheads.  We hear from Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan University in South Korea and Professor Michael Stathis from the University of Southern Utah in the USA.

Why has nobody managed to find a solution to the conflict over Kashmir?  Dr Dan Plesch from SOAS at the University of London explains.

The UN's highest court says Britain should end its control of the Chagos Islands, but what about Diego Garcia where the US keeps its B-52 Bombers?

Officer cadets at Sandhurst are trained by the Red Cross.  It's to teach them how to work with humanitarian agencies in conflict zones. Retired Brigadier Ian McLoed has worked for the ICRC for 20 years and explains why this is so important.

And the former soldier who says his optician refused to make a note of his military service on his medical records.  We hear from Hugh Milroy the CEO of Veterans Aid about the confusion over the Armed Forces Covenant.

21/02/2019

Sitrep February 21st 2019 

21st February

This week on Sitrep with Tim Cooper and Christopher Lee:

Putin has told Moscow's federal assembly that Russia will deploy new weapons and aim them at the west if the US deploys new short and medium-range missiles in Europe.  So what's Putin's game?  We hear from RUSI's Professor Mark Galleotti and writer on Russian affairs Mary Dejevsky.

Simon Marks reports from Washington on President Trump's plans to give US nuclear powered technology to Saudi Arabia, a sworn enemy of Israel.  Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford explains what this could mean.

The UK's signed a new military pact with Oman which will allow Royal Navy ships and submarines to dock in a new port being built there, putting British "East of Suez" plans into action.

And we mark LGBTQ History Month with a look ahead to next week's special programmes on Forces Radio BFBS including an interview with Caroline Paige, the first transgender officer to serve openly in the British Armed Forces.

15/02/2019

Sitrep February 14th 2019 

This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

Professor Michael Clarke from the new counter-terrorist think tank Co-Jit UK explains why British Intelligence Officers might like to speak to the IS bride who wants to come to the UK.

Forces News reporter Laura Mackin-Isherwood reports from the NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.

The London Evening Standard's Defence Editor Robert Fox gives his take on the Defence Secretary's "Paper Tiger" speech.

Naval Historian Professor Eric Grove explains why the Defence Secretary wants to send HMS Queen Elizabeth to the South China Sea.

 Dr Julian Lewis talks about his concerns about French involvement in the production of the Type 26 frigate.

And Christopher Lee has a soppy story about Valentine's Day!

07/02/2019

Sitrep February 7th 2019 

In (today’s) Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

Are Islamic State really defeated in Syria or is it wishful thinking by President Trump?

The UK hosts the Nato’s 70th summit later this year – is it chance to modernise the alliance?

Find out why there are now more Gurkhas joining the British Army than in the past 30 years.

And as we wave goodbye to the Tornado, Sitrep looks at how it will compare to other “iconic” RAF aircraft

That’s all in  Sitrep, Thurs at 6.30 UK time, or listen to the Podcast at any time.

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01/02/2019

Sitrep January 31st 2019 

This week on Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood explains why Brexit defence planning is the number one priority at the Ministry of Defence.

Professor Paul Rogers explains the INF treaty and why President Trump is warning the US may pull out.

The new Commander of British Forces in the Falklands, Brigadier Nick Sawyer, gives his first interview and tells Gini Carlin about his plans to improve training there.

RAF Marham is now running on Biofuel - so how does that work?

And new details about work carried out by the Pentagon's top secret UFO research programme with former MOD UFO man Nick Pope.

24/01/2019

Sitrep Thursday 24th January 

What’s behind last weekend’s car bomb in Londonderry?  We speak to Dr Marisa McGlinchey whose forthcoming book "Unfinished Business: The politics of Dissident Irish Republicanism" is out soon.

 

President Trump and North Korea are planning another summit  - but is North Korea still developing nuclear warheads?  Sitrep looks at the meeting from both the US and North Korean perspective with Robert E Kelly, Professor of Political Science at Pusan University in South Korea and Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern Utah.

 

Michael Stathis also comments on the US shutdown and how it’s affecting defence and security.

 

And Glynn Prysor from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission talks to us about memorials and why they get vandalised.

24/01/2019

Sitrep January 17th 2019 

17th January edition

 What would a no-deal Brexit mean for defence?

 

Why France and Germany are strengthening their defence and foreign policies with a new Treaty.

 

The US Shutdown - how does it affect US Defence? 

 

Plus what’s the Royal Navy up to in the South China Seas and what was the SAS man doing at a Nairobi Hotel?

10/01/2019

Sitrep January 10th 2019 

It's out with the old and in with the new for the RAF.  The F-35s are deployment ready while the Tornadoes are being prepared to retire, Aviation Expert Paul Beaver explains the significance.

We speak to Christina Lamb, the Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent, who was recently in South Sudan, about how British soldiers intervened to stop the repeated rape of a group of women there.

What will Turkey do if the US withdraws its forces from Syria? Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace studies at the University of Bradford, explains the impact on the region.

And after Captain Louis Rudd’s successful solo Antarctic trek, Sitrep asks Colonel Neil Wilson, Commander of the Army’s Adventurous Training Group, why adventurous training is so important for the forces.

We also have a tribute to Lord Ashdown.

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21/12/2018

Sitrep Review of the Year 2018 

Sitrep looks at the highs and lows of 2018

 

From the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury to President Trump’s historic talks with North Korea’s leader.

 

The RAF celebrated 100 years, the Royal Navy put its new Carrier to sea and we remembered the fallen of first World War in the centenary of the Armistice

 

Plus: will the Modernising Defence Programme deliver what it promises?

 

And what’s in store for 2019?  – How will Brexit change British and European Security?  And what other global threats might our Armed Forces face?

 

GUESTS

General The Lord Dannatt, former CGS

Professor Michael Clarke, defence analyst

Dr Julian Lewis, Chair of the HoC Defence Select Committee

Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI

Christopher Lee, BFBS' defence analyst

 

 

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13/12/2018

Sitrep December 13th 2018 

In this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

 

In today’s programme Sitrep hears from the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, and General Sir Nick Carter,  the Chief of the defence staff  who is rated by many as one of the best modernisers in the army

 

The carnage in Yemen - is there a chance to bring some hope to more than a hundred thousand people made homeless and starving as a result of this war?

 

Why the Afghan interpreters for the British Army fear that they or their families may be killed if the UK sends them back home

 

And has the navy scooped the PR opportunity of the year?  Find out, in today’s Sitrep

06/12/2018

Sitrep December 6th 2018 

In this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

Should we be banning one of China’s biggest telecoms firms from involvement in Britain’s next-generation mobile networks? The head of MI6 is asking that question, and many of Britain’s global security partners have already taken action – should the UK follow suit?

As Russia threatens to escalate missile production – are we heading into a new Cold War era?

Could climate change create a security crisis triggering a military response?

Plus the ethic of autonomous weapons – as the Army tests a potential killer robot.

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22/11/2018

Sitrep November 22nd 2018 

In this week’s episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee….

Has the Matthew Hedges’ case made for tricky relations between Britain and the UAE?   

Is it time to ditch the Russian-American missile treaties and start again?

It’s Thanksgiving in America but is it a bad time to say thank you?

And the Armed Forces Covenant - what has it done for you?

 

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15/11/2018

Sitrep November 15th 2018 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…..

Brexit – what happens to the military?  Is the Defence Budget threatened and what about NATO?

Does Britain still have influence in the Middle East and has the US lost its global military edge ?

Plus - how does the MoD monitor big defence contracts?

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08/11/2018

Sitrep November 08th 2018 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…..

 

A boost to improve care for veterans, but why has it taken so long?

 

America's top thinking General tell us what's wrong with leadership.

 

The US mid-term elections, who are the winners and losers?

 

And, as we look towards the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday - Dan Snow looks back on 100 years of PTSD and …are we getting remembrance right?

 

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01/11/2018

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 1st November 2018 *JAMES HIRST presents today* 

Do millennials understand the Armed Forces?

Defence gets a million in the budget – or does it?

Plus - war games in the snow and the sand

And – what is modern deterrence?

Find out in today’s Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee

 

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25/10/2018

Sitrep October 25th 2018 

In today’s Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee…..

As the US prepares to walk away from a nuclear pact with Russia — should we be worried?

A Brexit deal’s agreed for Gibraltar — but what if there’s no deal?

Plus the continuing political row over the treatment of veterans of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and we’re in Australia with

And a special report from the Invictus Games in Australia, hearing from some of those taking part, and some of their supporters...

 

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11/10/2018

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 11th October 2018 *Kate Gerbeau presents today* 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau

 

The bungling Russians spies – and President Putin’s political war on the West,

 

There’s recruitment problems in both Britain and America.

 

Why far-right extremism likes a man in uniform.

 

And the new documentary bringing colour and sound to film footage of the first world war.

 

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04/10/2018

Sitrep October 4th 2018 

In this episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee…

Britain accuses Russia of cyber-attacks.  We hear from Sky’s defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall in The Hague plus analysis from Professor Paul Rogers from the university of Bradford.

British troops make history by joining in Japanese war games for the first time. We hear from Paul Madden, the British Ambassador to Tokyo.

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson tells us why he’s sending the Royal Marines back out into the snow.

And the human faces behind RAF Drone warfare with the author of Reaper Force, Dr Peter Lee.

20/09/2018

Sitrep September 20th 2018 

In today’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee

Is the Syrian war over, and if so - who runs the peace?

Why the Taliban are talking peace to an unlikely mediator…

Could Russian hackers fix the next general election?

And… Flying high at a hundred.

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13/09/2018

Sitrep September 13th 2018 

In this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee………..

The two Novichok suspects make a public appearance on Russian TV – is Putin playing games with the UK?

Why a British General says don’t write of IS….

Why we need a new counter-terrorism organisation.

And spy stories from behind the iron curtain from a former SAS soldier.

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30/08/2018

Sitrep August 30th 2018 

In this week’s Sitrep with Tim Cooper and Christopher Lee………..

 

The UK’s new fighter jets, the F35B,  moves one step closer to front-line operations as it successfully completes tests using British made missiles….

 

Find out why President Macron wants Europe to cosy up to Russia to bolster its security…..

 

Why RAF Akrotiri’s port in Cyprus may be extended if there’s a no-deal Brexit…

 

And, how you can help with a new exhibition about the British Forces in Germany ...

 

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30/08/2018

Sitrep August 23rd 2018 

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16/08/2018

Sitrep August 16th 2018 

In  this week’s Sitrep with James Hirst and Christopher Lee………..

 

Why Turkey poses a potential threat to the stability of NATO.

 

The leaders of north and south Korea have agreed to meet for the third time this year - what’s likely to be on the agenda?

 

Plus, after an especially violent week in Afghanistan, Sitrep has a special report from Camp Bastion - four years after the last British troops left

 

And, how can the UK protect itself against the risk of a military threat from the Arctic Circle?

 

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09/08/2018

Sitrep August 9th 2018 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 9th August 2018 *James Hirst presents today*

 

This week's Sitrep looks at how Britain's military could play a big role in the country's post-Brexit future. The Defence Secretary's been talking up Britain's position as a global player in a speech in Washington DC -- but is he making promises the military can afford to keep?

 

As the US imposes sanctions on Russia over the Salisbury poisoning, relations between Nato and Moscow are under strain over Georgia. Ten years after the brief war between Georgian and Russian forces, thousands of NATO troops are in Georgia for exercises, as the Russians warn of a "terrible conflict" if Georgia ever joins the alliance. Is that ever likely to happen?

 

Also this week, Sitrep hears from one of the leading figures in the campaign to end investigations into shootings by Army veterans in Northern Ireland, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens – find out why it was such an important moment in World War 1.

02/08/2018

Sitrep August 2nd 2018 

In this episode presented by Tim Cooper…

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson started the week in Kenya where agreements are being drawn up for Army training to continue there.  As well as meeting troops and their families at BATUK Headquarters in Kenya, he met the men and women running UK funded courses to prevent sexual violence in war. We have a report from Laura Makin-Isherwood.

Also… The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says he has the best job in Whitehall – is he right?

As MPs pack their cases for their summer holidays, we look at the outstanding defence issues they’ve put on hold with Editor of Defense Analysis Francis Tusa.

The war of words between Trump and Iran’s President Rouhani – we’re joined by Professor Wyn Bowen who is Head of the School of Security Studies at King's College London.

And we talk about the remains of US soldiers brought back to the United States 70 years after the war in Korea.

26/07/2018

Sitrep July 26th 2018 

On this week's Sitrep, there’s reaction to the decision to close RAF Scampton, the Red Arrows' home in Lincolnshire.

 

It was announced on the same day as a pay rise for the armed forces -- but it's still not clear how that's going to be paid for.

 

Does it mean more cuts are on the way?

 

Plus, how worried should we be about Donald Trump's latest tweetstorm, aimed at Iran?

 

There’s worrying figures about suicide rates among military veterans ….

 

And we speak to the woman behind a new exhibition looking at how Britain commemorates its war dead

 

 

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19/07/2018

Sitrep July 19 2018 

In this episode of Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee we hear from Dr Karin Von Hippel the Director General of RUSI about President’s Trump’s recent visit to Europe.  Did he achieve anything other than international confusion?

   

Also a statement from the government on the Modernising Defence Programme.  James Hirst explains why it doesn’t say anything we don’t already know.

 

Why has there been a rise in violence in Northern Ireland?

 

Ali Gibson takes a look into the future of the RAF at the Farnborough Air Show with a report on future updates to the Eurofighter Typhoon and the virtual reality of The Tempest.

 

And the Commander of British Forces Germany tells Chris Pearson about British Army infrastructure in Germany after drawdown.

 

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12/07/2018

Sitrep July 12th 2018 

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05/07/2018

Sitrep July 5th 2018 

In this episode Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee are joined by Dr Mark Galeotti, senior fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague to talk about the latest Novichok incident in Wiltshire.  Will this re-open recent wounds with the Russians?  And also how has the World Cup changed people’s perceptions of Russia.  A PR win for Putin?

 

Also MP Johnny Mercer is calling for a calmer debate when it comes to defence spending.

 

The UK’s Defence Budget is under scrutiny by the US ahead of next week’s NATO Summit and we look ahead to President Trump’s visit to the UK with Professor Michael Stathis from the University of Southern Utah.

 

And finally reporter Ali Gibson explores why members of the Armed Forces Community are more likely to feel socially isolated than the rest of the population.

28/06/2018

Sitrep June 28th 2018 

In this episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee it’s all about the money……as Whitehall fights for more funds for defence.  We hear from the new Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter.

 

Do service people get MOD backing when the going gets tough?  We hear from Major Robert Campbell, a retired Royal Engineer is facing an eighth investigation into alleged war crimes in Iraq for which he has previously been cleared.

Also, Kate speaks to Dr Helen Durham who is Director of International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross about how the organisation is trying to stop atrocities in war before they happen.

 

Kate and Christopher are joined by Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford.

21/06/2018

Sitrep June 21st 2018 

In Sitrep – it’s a big week for defence stories and in today’s Sitrep Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee look at threats to the defence budget.

Find out why Number 10’s  in a Grump with Trump over Putin.

NATO’s boss praises the UK but does anyone care?

Will Brexit black-out Britain's Euro Security pact?

And The RAF police the skies over Romania……

14/06/2018

Sitrep 14th July 2018 

In this episode Kate Gerbeau talks to Matthew Morris who is the UK spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross about the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen.  BFBS defence Analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Michael Clarke formerly of RUSI join the conversation too to discuss the fact that the UK is a major supplier of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

 

Kate, Christopher and Professor Clarke also discuss the meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and what might happen next.  They also talk about Trump and the G7.

 

You’ll also hear from reporter Ali Gibson who has been to see the huge NATO training exercise Saber Strike.

 

Also what happened to the missing Royal Marine Allan Addis who disappeared in the Falkland Islands nearly 38 years ago?  The Forces TV team have been investigating the case for a new documentary.

 

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07/06/2018

SITREP 7th June 2018 

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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24/05/2018

Sitrep May 24th 2018 

In this episode ….Why is morale so low in the Royal Marines?

The MOD announces Sea Ceptor, the Navy’s new supersonic missile defence system has officially entered service.

There’s a new way of recruiting for MI6….with TV ads.

War is Fun – really?  Dr Mike Martin addresses the sometimes uncomfortable psychology of war.

Elisabeth Braw non-resident senior fellow at The Atlantic Council explains why the Swedish government is telling the population to prepare for disaster, terrorism and even war.

17/05/2018

Sitrep 17th May 2018 

The North Korean summit – has Trump underestimated the Koreans?  We hear from Professor Robert E Kelly from

the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan University in South Korea.

 

Are British pilots flying in a military muddle in the middle east?  We hear the realities of Operation Shader from Air Vice-Marshall Johnny Stringer as he briefs MPs

 

Back to Bosnia - why a former army officer turned GP, Dr Jonathan Leach has returned to Srebrenica.

 

Why the story of the Damnbusters Raid still has legendary status 75 years on - Steve Darlow, Ambassador for the RAF Benevolent Fund as well as a bomber command historian and author explains.

 

Why the military stands guard over the Royal wedding and which uniform will Prince Harry wear?

17/05/2018

Sitrep May 10th 2018 

This week’s episode looks at the mounting tensions in the Middle East after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement.  Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee talk to Professor Rosemary Hollis from City University, London, Emeritis Professor Colin Schindler from SOAS, University of London and Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford.

 

The Chief Executive of Save the Children, Kevin Watkins explains why the UK should become a global leader in protecting civilians in armed conflict.

 

HM Naval Base Clyde celebrates its 50th anniversary. We hear from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

 

The military historian Antony Beevor talks about his latest book: Arnhem, The Battle of the Bridges 1944

 

And what’s the story behind the man who is the new Head of the Army? Lt General Mark Carleton Smith.

03/05/2018

Sitrep May 3rd 2018 

In this week’s episode:

 

Forces News Reporter Ali Gibson speaks to the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the end of Exercise Joint Warrior.

 

Civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria – who keeps count?  Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee discuss with Hamit Dardagan who is co-founder of Iraq Body Count and the charity Every Casualty Worldwide.

 

NATO is neglecting its navies whilst Russia is rebuilding its Fleet according to Professor Peter Roberts from RUSI.

 

And, why is Trump so against the Iran nuclear agreement?  Professor Michael Stathis joins us from the University of Southern Utah.

 

26/04/2018

Sitrep April 26th 2018 

In this episode with Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee:

 

Professor Scott Lucas from the University of Birmingham explains the Iran Nuclear deal and why President Trump wants to get rid of it.

 

Dr Ghanem Tayara from UOSSM talks about the Syrian government’s intimidation of doctors in Douma.

 

What’s on the agenda for the historic North & South Korea meeting tomorrow?  Dr Hazel Smith from the Centre for Korean Studies at SOAS has her analysis.

 

And the Government launches a new Veterans Unit – but are they doing enough to support our former service men and women Kate speaks to Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood and Matthew Seward from the Royal British Legion.

19/04/2018

Sitrep April 19th 2018 

In this episode Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee will be talking about Syria and chemical weapons – what can the OPCW actually achieve in Douma?  They talk to Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director at Chatham House

 

Also…North Korea, Andrea Berger, Senior Research Associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey gives her thoughts on planned talks between the US President and the North Korean leader.  Is Donald Trump seeking a noble peace prize through diplomacy?

 

Ali Gibson reports from the RAF 100 celebrations over in the USA.

 

And a new study reveals how hard it is for armed forces veterans to use the benefits system.

12/04/2018

Sitrep April 12th 2018 

Could Britain be about to go to war in Syria after the weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

 

If that’s the case, the Sitrep team ask what would be the main aim of conflict?   If British forces take part - what will they be asked to do?  And will this be an open ended commitment?

 

Also this episode – Could Russia respond to any attack on Syria by using Cyber warfare and if so is Britain ready to deal with a category one attack.

 

Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee are joined by Professor Michael Clarke formerly the Director General of The Royal United Services Insitute, Hamish de Bretton Gordon the chemical weapons expert and former army officer and Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington

05/04/2018

Sitrep April 5th 2018 

In this episode of Sitrep with Tim Cooper and Christopher Lee:

 

Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford talks about Russia and the Salisbury Novichok attack – was the PM given the wrong information or has she created a new "dirty dossier"?

 

Elisabeth Braw from the Atlantic Council explains why the Swedes are getting good at fighting off Russian propaganda.

 

The head of Europol Rob Wainwright tells us about his cyber-warfare worries.

 

Rear Admiral (retired) Chris Parry tells us why the Royal Navy surface fleet “isn’t fit for purpose”.

29/03/2018

Sitrep March 29th 2018 

In this episode hosted by Tim Cooper with BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee we mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.  Tim talks to Major General Julian Thompson, a former Royal Marine who commanded troops in South Armagh in 1976.  You’ll hear what it was like at the height of the troubles and why the agreement could be affected by Brexit.

Also… 

Salisbury attack: Alexander Nekrassov, a former advisor to the Kremlin has some strong opinions about the Salisbury Novichok poisoning. 

One year till Brexit: Defence writer Sebastian Schulte gives the German view of Britain’s European defence and security relationships.

New Chief of Defence Staff:  General Sir Nick Carter has been appointed, but what’s he like?

And The RAF celebrates 100 years in the sky….hear some classic RAF aircraft sounds!

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23/03/2018

Sitrep 22nd March 2018 

 

Why is the Government so sure the Novichok (pro: Novee- chock) chemical came from Russia?

 

As we commemorate those killed in the Westminster attack a year ago – Sitrep asks the experts how they think the general public should respond to a terrorist attack?

 

Could what facebook knows about you send your country to war?

 

And…. Finally, the Type 45 destroyers are getting an engine refit……….

 

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 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.

15/03/2018

SITREP 15th March 2018 

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.

 

22/02/2018

SITREP 22nd February 2018 

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

 

15/02/2018

Sitrep February 18th 2018 

Nato’s new command structure – what’s changed and why?

In Syria, who’s fighting who?

Should the West be worried about China and Russia’s increasing military power?

And could the damage to Oxfam’s credibility have a serious impact on the search for peace in a region? 

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 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.

08/02/2018

Sitrep 8th January 2018 

 

In today’s Sitrep programme – Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee examine the potential of a new, long range super-speed missile that can reach a target anywhere in the world within one hour.

 

Also this week - what’s the true story behind the threat to the Royal Marines and the two ships that float them?

 

Find out why the British Army has joined the campaign to make 2018 the Year of Engineering.

 

Plus - the military nurses who fought for votes for women.

 

And Trump wants a military parade – but will he get one?

 

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 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

01/02/2018

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 1st February 2018 (KATE PRESENTS TODAY) 

In today’s Sitrep programme – Kate Gerbeau and Christopher Lee discuss how a multi-billion pound black hole in the defence budget could affect future spending decisions.

 

Also this week, Trump delivered his first State of the Union address...are we now seeing a more presidential President?

 

Plus, the Chief of the Air Staff talks about the RAF's biggest challenges...

 

And the former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Richards, predicts what might be in store for the new CDS.

 

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 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.

25/01/2018

Sitrep January 25th 2018 

The Government’s Defence Modernisation Programme – what does it mean and what will it do?

Drawdown in Germany could be partially reversed, but what does that mean for the Army and European defence?

Why the Russian threat is causing concern in the Arctic.

Should we be doing more to protect peacekeepers?

And, DAVOS – what is it and why is it important?

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 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.

18/01/2018

Sitrep Jan 18 2018 

The US Ambassador speaks exclusively to Sitrep about the big issues he’s reporting back to Washington.

 

Today’s Anglo-French summit will boost defence co-operation, but could Brexit cause the two countries to drift apart?

 

Is Forces accommodation in crisis?

 

And, find out why cinema audiences are standing up for Churchill

 

 

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 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.

 

12/01/2018

Sitrep January 11th 2018 

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04/01/2018

Sitrep January 4th 2018 

What will 2018 have in store for the British Forces?

There’s a bleak forecast for defence from a top analyst but is it really all doom and gloom?

Find out why some people think the British Army is top heavy.

And, who’s in the running to be the new Chief of the Defence Staff?

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 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.

21/12/2017

Sitrep 12 21 2017 

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!)

14/12/2017

Sitrep December 12th 2017 

European Defence gets serious but Britain wants to be big in Japan.

The Afghan Interpreter who feels he's being treated like a criminal in the UK.

Also in the programme – the Royal Navy says goodbye to Atherstone and Quorn

What tickles the troops?  Is Forces humour different?

And war stories from a seasoned correspondent…..

01/12/2017

Sitrep 30th November 2017 

In today’s programme Sitrep hears from the PM who’s been visiting British troops in Iraq.

Plus…..Is the international response against North Korea strong enough?

Find out why the defence chiefs got a telling off.

Beach landings - do we still need an amphibious capability?

And that rousing regimental boxing speech – Sitrep hears from the officer that made it.

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 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.

23/11/2017

Sitrep November 23rd 2017 

Is there a problem with the Type 45 Destroyers?

How much will Britain's F35 aircraft programme cost in the long term?

It's Thanksgiving today in America - but what, in name of Trump, should Americans be thankful for?

And Op Shader -  from the pilot's view in the skies above Iraq.

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 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.

16/11/2017

Sitrep 16th July 2017 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 16th November 2017 (KATE PRESENTS TODAY)

 

What’s the truth behind the criticisms that the armed forces are close to breaking point without more investment?

 

What’s going on in Zimbabwe - has Mugabe’s reign finally come to an end

 

Is Lebanon the new centre for war in the Middle East?

 

And we pay tribute to one of the first females pilots of the Second World War – Joy Lofthouse.

09/11/2017

Sitrep 9th November 2017 

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.

02/11/2017

Sitrep 2nd November 2017 

Sir Michael Fallon has resigned from the top job at the Ministry of Defence..and the former Chief Whip Gavin Williamson will take his place as the new Secretary of State for Defence.

Sitrep examines Fallon’s legacy and looks at the issues facing the new defence secretary ahead of a mini defence review & an important NATO meeting.

Join Tim Cooper and special guests in a special edition of Sitrep.

12/10/2017

Sitrep October 12 2017 

Can Britain afford to have its own defence industry?

 

Catalonia seeks independence from Spain but still wants to be in NATO,

 

Minehunting off the coast of Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior,

 

And returning from the hurricanes, RAF Brize Norton welcomes back Op Ruman's air crews.

 

 

TOPICS

 

DEFENCE CUTS

Editor of Defence Analysis Francis Tusa & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee .

 

CATALAN DEFENCE

James Hasik is a senior fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

 

EXERCISE JOINT WARRIOR

BFBS Reporter Rosie Laydon & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

OP RUMAN RETURN

BFBS Reporter Alex Gill.

 

REMEMBRANCE – THE QUEEN

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 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.

 

05/10/2017

Sitrep October 5th 2017 

 

Defence spending – do we spend the right amount on the right equipment?

 

NATO troops could be out of Afghanistan within four years...that’s the prediction from the country's President.

 

Could a growing cadet force be the answer to the forces recruitment problem?

 

And.... how 3D printing could be the next big thing in winning wars.

  

Guests: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

TOPICS

 

DEFENCE SPENDING

Pete Sandeman, Director of the online campaign "Save The Royal Navy" & Ben Moores  - a Defence and Aviation Analyst from IHS Janes.

                      

AFGHANISTAN

BBC's Justin Rowlatt, who’s interviewed The Afghan President, Ashraf Ghan.

 

CADETS

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

3D Printing

BFBS Reporter Hannah King

28/09/2017

Sitrep September 28th 2017 

North Korea: How close are we to actual war?

The battle for Raqqa  - what happens when ISIS are defeated?

The fight for Kurdish independence – what does it mean for the Middle East?

Nato’s international rescue for Submarines…

And, after 90 years the White Helmets wave goodbye……………

21/09/2017

Sitrep September 21st 2017 

 

Trump’s speech to the UN – why it’s a game-changer…

Is the Ministry of Defence considering reducing the size of the Royal Marines?

Three years of Op Shader, Sitrep goes behind the scenes at Al Udeid?

British Forces are suffering from a recruitment crisis – so should we bring back national service?

Guests:

Former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

TOPICS

TRUMP/UN

Former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

HURRICANE MARIA

Forces News reporter Rebecca Ricks on board RFA Mount Bay.

ROYAL MARINES - CUTS

Major General Julian Thompson, former RM commander, Deborah Haynes the Defence Editor at The Times and former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

AL UDEID /OP SHADER

Forces News reporter  Simon Newton goes behind the scenes.

CONSCRIPTION

Elisabeth Braw, a non-resident Senior fellow at the Atlantic Council & former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Professor Michael Clarke.

14/09/2017

Sitrep 14th September 2017 

 

Russia’ playing war-games in the East to fight the West, but what’s the reason for the Exercises?

 

British troops arrive in the Caribbean for Op Ruman.

 

And…..improvements inside the warrior armoured vehicle and more from the world's biggest military fair.

 

Guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

TOPICS

 

EX ZAPAD

General Sir Richard Shireff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the writer on Russian affairs Mary Dejevsky and our defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

HURRICANE

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

DEFENCE EXHIBITION - DESI

BFBS reporter Grace Pascoe interview with the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

 

WARRIOR- DESI

BFBS presenter Richard Hutchinson's had a tour from Lockheed Martin's Phillipa Tredgett, a human factors design engineer.

 

SECURE MESSAGING APP

BFBS presenter Mike Howarth spoke to David Holman, Company Director of Armour Comms who made the app.

 

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 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.

08/09/2017

Sitrep September 7th September 2017 

 North Korea – the threat continues but what can the international community do, and more importantly – what should China do?

 

Shipbuilding gains pace so but who’s going to man the ships?

 

And…..have you ever wondered how GCHQ started?  The Sitrep spies have been to investigate……….

31/08/2017

Sitrep August 31st 2017 

North Korea - Has Kim Jong Un....crossed the line?

 

A former Chief of the Defence Staff, tells us why we need to keep in with the US post-Brexit.

 

More troops for Afghanistan...should the UK answer Donald Trump's call for help?

 

Plus, what is the definition of war? Have the goalposts been shifted?

 

And remembering Princess Diana, and one of her legacies - to rid the world of landmines.

 

 

TOPICS

 

Guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

NORTH KOREA

From the Times, Michael Evans, & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

WHAT IS WAR?

Michael Evans, & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

BREXIT

LORD RICHARDS, Chief of the Defence Staff

 

LIBYA

former Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles.

 

PRINCESS DIANA LEGACY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

25/08/2017

Sitrep August 24th 2017 

On this week’s Sitrep with Kate Gerbeau, we have a special look at Afghanistan following Donald Trump’s speech on his new strategy for the war.

We look at what it means for Afghanistan, America and the UK plus we discuss whether putting more boots on the ground will make a significant difference.

We speak to Emily Winterbotham (RUSI), Michael Kugelman (Woodrow Wilson Center), Emily Knowles (Oxford Research Group) and Paul Rogers (University of Bradford).

17/08/2017

Sitrep August 17th 2017 

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10/08/2017

Sitrep August 10th 2017 

In today’s Sitrep with Tim Cooper

There’s mounting tensions over North Korea as President Trump threatens fire and fury whilst the UN urges caution & diplomacy.

Find out how the Army is hoping to keep the Anglo-German deployment going post 2019.

Plus:  why the Imperial War Museum has upset its members

And Portsmouth gets ready to welcome the Navy’s biggest ever carrier.

TOPICS

Guests:

Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

North Korea

Former British Ambassador to Pyongyang, David Slinn, Dr Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Commander Field Army in Minden

Lt General Patrick Saunders talking to Aimee Dewitt about post 2019.

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Interview with the leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones ahead of the Carrier’s arrival.

The Imperial War Museum

Mark Smith, the Antiques Roadshow's militaria expert, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

03/08/2017

Sitrep August 3rd 2017 

The Head of the Army explains why we need to keep hold of Sennelager after drawdown in Germany.

 

Will US plans to use diplomacy decrease the tensions in North Korea?

 

Do Generals who take time out to study for a PhD make better military commanders?

 

And, as the Duke of Edinburgh retires from royal duties, Sitrep looks at the importance to the military of having a royal colonel.

 

TOPICS

 

Guests:

BFBS  Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

HEAD OF THE ARMY INTERVIEW

Rob Olver interviews General Nick Carter.

 

NATO RISK REDUCTION

Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

PHD GENERALS

Elisabeth Braw, senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

 

27/07/2017

Sitrep July 27th 2017 

President trump has tweeted that he doesn’t want transgender personnel in the us military, today the Sitrep programme speaks to Caroline Paige, who was the first openly transgender officer in the British Forces.

Also in the programme: what the RAF are doing in Romania on Op Biloxi, an update on Sandhurst in the Sand and the Afghan Air Force take to the skies.

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 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.

20/07/2017

Sitrep July 20th 2017 

Can Europe cope with the influx of refugees?

Could the UN broker a peace deal in Syria?

What went wrong with the F35s?

Why did the head of France’s armed forces quit his job?

Plus: Make Your Bed - a US Admiral's top tip for a lifetime of success.

TOPICS

REFUGEES

Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

SYRIA

Hamish de Bretton Gordon who is a former Army Officer now advising NGOs in Syria

FRENCH MILITARY

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

 MAKE YOUR BED (Book review with author William H. McRaven, a former US Admiral )

Navy & HMS Glasgow

Professor Paul Rogers who is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

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 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.

13/07/2017

Sitrep July 13th 2017 

Mosul – IS have been defeated but what’s next for the beleaguered Iraqi city?

The Chief of the Air Staff looks forward to the RAF’s centenary next year whilst

the WRNS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week.

Plus…. Trump Junior and the mysterious Russian Lawyer, what’s the true story?

 

 

TOPICS

 

CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

BFBS reporter Charlotte Banks interview with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sir Stephen Hilier 

 

MOSUL

Professor Scott Lucas from the University of Birmingham.

 

Trump trouble

Professor Hazel Smith from the Centre of Korea Studies at the school of Oriental and African Studies at The University of London & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

 

WRNS 100 years

Commander Jane Allen from Royal Navy HQ in Portsmouth 

 

DUNKIRK

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

 

 

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 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.

07/07/2017

Sitrep July 6th 2017 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 6th July (KATE PRESENTS TODAY)

 

One year after publishing his report Sir John Chilcot finally speaks out but why did it take so long?

Why NATO’s ready for business on the front line.

How should the international community respond to North Korea?

And, the people's storybook of the Cold War.                               

 

TOPICS

 

CHILCOT INTERVIEW

Former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent and now Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, Bridget Kendall and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

NATO

Brigadier Commander Mike Elviss speaking to BFBS reporter Rob Olver in Paderborn.

NORTH KOREA

Professor Hazel Smith from the Centre of Korea Studies at the school of Oriental and African Studies at The University of London.

SAUDI ARABIA

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

COLD WAR, STORIES FROM THE BIG FREEZE

The BBC's former Moscow and then Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall  -  now the Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, who has written an oral history of the Cold War.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

29/06/2017

Sitrep 29th June 2017 

Why the army needs to change the way it recruits

the head of the US Army in Europe shares his concerns about the shrinking British army….

Plus, Britain's biggest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail, but what does the future hold for her?

Fresh talks are taking place aimed at re-unifying Cyprus.

And its 20 year since the British left Hong Kong………..

TOPICS

ARMY RECRUITING

BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon interview with General Sir Nick Carter.

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

HEAD OF US ARMY IN EUROPE

Lt General Ben Hodges commander of the US Army in Europe speaking to BFBS reporter Charlotte Banks

CARRIERS

The ship's captain - Commander Jerry Kyd & Naval Historian and analyst Eric Grove & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

NATO AFGHANISTAN

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

CYPRUS TALKS

BFBS Reporter Simon Newton, Naval Historian and analyst Eric Grove & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

HONG KONG

Analyst Eric Grove & Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

22/06/2017

Sitrep June 22nd 2017 

 

In this week’s Sitrep, Is the destruction of an ancient mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul an admission of defeat by IS?

 

What’s life like for the RAF Reaper Squadrons?

 

Prince Harry shares his thoughts on his life in the army, dealing with his demons and the Invictus games.

 

Plus -  The new Veterans’ Gateway, find out how it can help you.

 

TOPICS

MOSUL & SYRIA

Professor Michael Clarke, the former Director General at the Royal United Services Institute and Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst.

 

DRONE PILOTS

Dr Peter Lee from the University of Portsmouth.

 

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE

Christopher Lee, BFBS Defence Analyst

 

PRINCE HARRY

BFBS Reporter Cath Brazier.

 

VETERANS GATEWAY

BFBS Reporter Grace Pascoe

 

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 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.

15/06/2017

Sitrep June 15th 2017 

In this week’s Sitrep,

Exercise Noble Jump in Romania - what is it and who’s taking part?

Gaddafi’s son has been freed, but what does that mean for Libya?

What does the military make of the General Election result and will an alliance with the DUP affect defence policy?

Plus  - the Putin Interviews – find out why he’s been speaking to Oliver Stone.

TOPICS

EXERCISE NOBLE JUMP

BFBS reporter Simon Newton & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

LIBYA

Mary Fitzgerald, Libya analyst

ELECTION

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

VLADIMIR PUTIN

Former advisor to the Kremlin Alexander Nekrassov.

350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RAID ON MEDWAY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

08/06/2017

Sitrep June 8th 2017 

In today’s Sitrep,

A stark warning of a humanitarian disaster in the final battle for Mosul

And where next for the Islamist Extremists forced out of Iraq?

Why Qatar is being shunned by its neighbours….

And the military medicine from Afghanistan that’s saving the lives of ordinary people in Britain.

25/05/2017

Sitrep May 25th 2017 

Presented by Kate Gerbeau with Christopher Lee.

18/05/2017

Sitrep May 18th 2017 

There’s election fever as the manifestos are published but is there anything for the Services to vote for?

Trump, Russia and Putin – exactly what is going on?

While NATO defence chiefs meet in Brussels, Sitrep goes behind the scenes at the Alliance's Joint Force Headquarters in Naples.

Plus -  how the RAF took out the IS executioners.

Studio Guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

TOPICS

DEFENCE & THE GENERAL ELECTION

BFBS correspondent James Hirst & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

TRUMP/RUSSIA/PUTIN

Professor Scott Lucas is from the department of political science and international studies at the University of Birmingham BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

NATO & NAPLES

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper in Italy speaking to Major General Ian Cave, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans, at Joint Force Headquarters in Naples & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

MOSUL PROGRESS

BFBS’s Simon Newton reporting from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus

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 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.

11/05/2017

Sitrep May 11th 2017 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 11th May (KATE PRESENTS– NO CHRISTOPHER LEE TODAY; Professor Michael Clarke, former Director of the Royal United Services Institute is our special guest throughout the programme) Could the UK send more troops to Afghanistan, and what will they be doing if they do deploy? In the States, the fallout continues over the sacking of the head of the FBI…. Find out what the main Defence issues are in the General Election campaigns. Plus, Sitrep explores the impact of Prince Harry’s campaign on Mental Health issues. TOPICS AFGHANISTAN Michael Evans from the Times & Professor Michael Clarke, former Director of the Royal United Services Institute FBI DIRECTOR Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington & Professor Michael Clarke DEFENCE & THE GENERAL ELECTION James Hirst, our correspondent in Westminster & Professor Michael Clarke MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK Sir Simon Wessely, Director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research BUNDESWEHR Professor Michael Clarke 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 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.

04/05/2017

Sitrep May 4th 2017 

Could the French election result change the UK’s defence alliance with our European ally?

 

What’s the significance of Japan joining in Naval exercise with the US?

 

Find out what’s worrying the Head of Europol….

 

Plus, Doctors at War, what it’s really like to save lives in a war zone…..

 

And, as Prince Phillip steps down from Royal duties – who’s stepping up to fulfil his role?

TOPICS

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

BFBS Defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

FRENCH ELECTION

Dr Paul Smith an expert in French politics from the University of Nottingham..

 

HEAD OF EUROPOL

Rob Wainwright who is head of the European Union's police

 

JAPAN NAVY EXERCISE

Rear Admiral Chris Parry from Rusi

 

DOCTORS AT WAR

Book review ‘Doctors at War’ by Mark de Rond. 

An account of life of a trauma surgical team at work in a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan.

27/04/2017

Sitrep April 27th 2017 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 27th April (KATE PRESENTS TODAY)

Will sanctions curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions?

Find out what life’s like on board the US aircraft carrier the "George H-W Bush”.

Plus, Trump’s 100 days in power, what’s the verdict?

And Prince Harry’s thoughts on the importance of rugby to the forces as we look forward to the 100th Army Navy rugby match this weekend.

TOPICS

SYRIA/BORIS JOHNSON

Professor of Peace Studies and the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers.

GEORGE H-W BUSH.

BFBS reporter Simon Newton goes on board the US aircraft carrier

NORTH KOREA

Professor of Peace Studies and the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers & & Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington

TRUMP 100 DAYS

Professor of Peace Studies and the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers & & Simon Marks from Feature Story News in Washington

CHINESE CARRIERS

BFBS Defence analyst Christopher Lee

ONE HUNDREDTH ARMY NAVY RUGBY MATCH

BFBS Sports Editor Jon Knighton

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 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.

20/04/2017

Sitrep April 13th 2017 

Presented by Kate Gerbeau with Christopher Lee.

13/04/2017

Sitrep April 13th 2017 

In today’s Sitrep – there’s more reaction to last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria and how it's affecting US/Russian relations.

 

Find out how North Korea is testing the Trump administration and why the Royal Marines are to be restructured.

 

And, it's a 100 years this week that America entered the First World War...

 

TOPICS

SYRIA – CHEMICAL WEAPONS/RUSSIA/US

Chemical Weapons expert  Hamish De Bretton Gordon is a

Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

NORTH KOREA

Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

ROYAL MARINES

Former Royal Marine and Special Boat Service officer, Lord Paddy Ashdown

 

WW1 & US INVOLVEMENT

Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University and 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 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.

06/04/2017

Sitrep April 6th 2017 

Chemical weapons in Syria. What happened? Who’s right, who’s wrong and what next?

Find out what British troops are doing on Exercise Desert Warrior in Kuwait,
and what the Royal Engineers are doing in famine hit South Sudan?

One year in the job – Kate Gerbeau talks to the Service Complaints Ombudsman after she publishes her first Annual Report.

And all the Queen's Soldiers...Why the Royal Lancers now belong to Elizabeth.

GUESTS: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Topics:

Syria/Russia/America
Director General of the Royal United Services Institute Dr Karin von Hippel and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning speaking from South Sudan.

Interview with the Service Complaints Ombudsman, Nicola Williams.

The Royal Lancers - renamed

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 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.

31/03/2017

Sitrep 30th March 2017 

This week:

We ask who bombed civilians in Mosul was it IS fighters or coalition aircraft?

Brexit has been triggered but why is the Prime Minister threatening to pull terrorist intelligence?

Hear how the Royal Navy is fighting back against the hackers.

And on the day the National Army Museum is re-opened to the public, we talk about the “little guys” – Britain’s 139 small regimental museums.


GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

The Times Correspondent Michael Evans

BBC World Service political Correspondent Rob Watson

Managing Director of Airbus Cyber Security in the UK Ian Goslin

The Antiques Roadshow Militaria expert Mark Smith

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 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.

23/03/2017

Sitrep 23rd March 2017 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 23rd March (KATE PRESENTS TODAY)

 

Terror at Westminster…how did it happen and what can be done?  Who was the attacker and what’s the bigger picture?  Can modern terrorism attacks destroy democracy?  Listen to Sitrep to get all the latest defence analysis.

 

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Professor Michael Clarke, formerly Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

Professor Anthony Glees, Director, Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham

Major General Julian Thompson, a former Royal Marine Commander who served in Northern Ireland and now a visiting Professor at King's College London.

Charlie Winter, Senior research fellow at The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London.

Michael Pregent, a former US Intelligence Officer and advisor to the Peshmerga.

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 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.

16/03/2017

Sitrep March 16th 2017 

Marine A: did the Royal Marine's higher command fail?

Why Putin's generals are watching British troops in Estonia,

What can British troops do about famine in South Sudan?

And its 100 years since the start of the Russian Revolution - but why isn’t Moscow celebrating?

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

09/03/2017

Sitrep March 3rd 2017 

On the day the Queen unveils the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial, Sitrep reflects on three wars in which 682 British Service personnel died. Find out the Soldier’s view, the Ambassador’s view and the Veteran’s view in a special programme presented by Kate Gerbeau.

GUESTS: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

MEMORIAL

Paul Osbourne rounds up the day’s events.

 

FROM THE ARCHIVE

Rory Higgins and Susie Ferguson reporting for BFBS in March 2003

 

LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR GRAEME LAMB

Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb was appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division in the summer of 2003 - the start of the Iraq War. 

 

SIR WILLIAM PATEY

Sir William Patey, a former British Ambassador to Iraq and later Afghanistan.

 

AFGHANISTAN VETERAN ROAYL MARINE CASSIDY LITTLE

Reflection on his military career.

 

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.

03/03/2017

Sitrep March 2nd 2017 

Why is Mr Trump handing out 54 billion dollars to the Pentagon?

 

Why a group of MPs says we must maintain relations with the Russians.

 

The RAF in the Middle East – why it’s a minute by minute operation

 

And - what can British troops expect when they deploy to famine struck South Sudan?

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

TRUMP

Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General at the Royal United Services Institute.

 

RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with Foreign Affairs Committee chairman  Crispin Blunt.

OP SHADER

BFBS reporter Simon Newton in Cyprus talks to British Major General Rupert Jones, deputy commander for the Combined Joint Task Force.

 

SOUTH SUDAN

Sitrep producer Josella Waldron interview with the BBC’s Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead

 

Al Qaeda

Charles Lister is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

 

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.

23/02/2017

Sitrep February 23rd 2017 

The latest on what’s happening in the fight to take back Mosul from IS fighters.

How British troops will soon be helping people in famine-hit South Sudan…

Find out why British troops are being warned about honey traps, staged brawls and social media infiltration in Estonia.

And Sitrep speaks to a former Army officer who has the ear of the USA’s new Security Advisor.

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

MOSUL

Michael a former US Intelligence Officer and advisor to the Peshmerga.

SOUTH SUDAN

David Lomuria, a correspondent for Feature Story News in the capital Juba.

HONEY TRAP

Former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov

LIEUTENANT GENERAL HR MCMASTER

Retired Major General Andrew Mackay commanded British forces in in Afghanistan.

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.

16/02/2017

Sitrep February 16th 2017 

What was on the agenda at today’s NATO meeting? Sitrep gets reaction from the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon.

 

Has China lost all influence on North Korea?

 

Find out what the Marines are up to in Norway…

 

And waiting for justice - how long will it be before war crimes in Syria are dealt with in court?

 

GUESTS: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

NATO

Charlotte Banks interview with the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

 

MARINES - ARCTIC TRAINING

Rebecca Ricks reporting on Exercise Clockwork in Northern Norway,

 

NORTH KOREA - NEIL DALL

Emil Dall, Research Fellow in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at the Royal United Services Institute.

 

WAR CRIMES

Professor David Crane was the Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he indicted the Liberian President Charles Taylor.

 

 

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.

09/02/2017

Sitrep 9th February 2017 

In this week’s Sitrep, we ask why Donald Trump hasn’t got round to calling the Chinese President yet, and what that might say for US-China relations.

 

Plus we look at the President’s promise to boost defence spending.

 

We hear from a former head of the Army, ahead of the publication of a report into the investigation into abuse allegations in Iraq.

 

And after a minister warned more British troops could be sent to Afghanistan, we hear from a former captain who served three tours there.

 

GUESTS: General Sir Mike Jackson, former Chief of the General Staff; Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, former First Sea Lord, Scott Lucas, professor of American Studies at Birmingham University; Doug Beattie, former Army Captain

 

Thursday 1630 on BFBS Radio 2, 1830 on BFBS & UK bases, plus anytime afterwards online, or via the podcast.

02/02/2017

Sitrep February 2nd 2017 

Presented by Kate Gerbeau

In today’ Sitrep there’s reaction and analysis as human rights lawyer, Phil Shiner, is struck off.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban is in disarray – so is this a good time for peace?

The Royal Navy leads the combined Naval Task Force in the Gulf for the first time.

Trump's defence secretary, 'Mad Dog' Mattis, starts work in the far east.

And Very Lynne’s new album to celebrate her 100th Birthday.

PHIL SHINER

Interview with MP and former British Army Officer Johnny Mercer

TALIBAN  

Professor Theo Farrell & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

HMS OCEAN

BFBS reporter Simon Newton

US RELATIONS ABROAD

Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah, Michael Stathis...

VERA LYNNE

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.

26/01/2017

Sitrep January 26th 2017 

Teresa May's will be the first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump, but who's going to get the most out of it?

 

And do the comparisons with Mrs Thatcher and President Reagan mean anything or is this going to be a very different relationship

 

NATO forges friendships in the Middle East with a new HQ in Kuwait.

 

Meet the women of the US Marine Corps and hear all about the Norwegian Military Experiment - how one unit tried a 50/50 gender split with surprising results.

 

GUESTS:

 

DONALD TRUMP & TERESA MAY VISIT

Professor Michael Clarke formerly the Director General of the Royal United Services & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper interview with General David Perkins, commander of US Army training and Doctrine – discussing Brexit and US politics.

 

NATO

Professor Michael Clarke formerly the Director General of the Royal United Services & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

US MARINES

As the UK prepares to accept the first females into its own infantry, Hannah King has been taking a look at how the US Marines incorporate females.

 

NORWEGIAN ARMY

Elisabeth Braw, senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council

 

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.

19/01/2017

Sitrep 19th January 2017 

Tomorrow Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America.  In a special edition of Sitrep, Kate Gerbeau will ask “Should we be frightened?”

A panel of experts are going to look at what Trump’s time as President & Commander in Chief of the American Armed Forces could mean for the rest of the world. 

Will he forge closer ties with Russia?

What will he do about NATO?

What about Syria?

And why is he so against China? 

Find out the answers to those questions and many more in today’s Sitrep………………………….

GUESTS:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

Former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall.  Bridget has spent a lot of time in Washington and Moscow and is an expert on Russian politics. 

Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham Scott Lucas who can talk extensively about US foreign policy and the Middle East. 

Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.  Karin was formally Chief of Staff to the US General John Allen when he was special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Isil. 

Simon Marks from Feature Story – our man in Washington who can tell us all about what we can expect at tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony.

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.

12/01/2017

Sitrep January 12th 2017 

Russian aggression has triggered the deployment of American forces to Poland but is it necessary?

President-elect Trump -  what’s really going on and who’s side is he on?

Could we see more German boots on the ground in Europe?

What part does Britain play in the Talks to re-unify Cyprus?

And War through the eyes of the correspondent.  The Times man in the blue body-armour tells all……

Other interviews

POLAND AND TRUMP

Former Defence and Pentagon Correspondent for The Times Michael Evans

GERMAN BOOTS ON GROUND

Elisabeth Braw, senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Dr Aurel Sari – A lecturer in the law of armed conflict at Exeter University.

CYPRUS TALKS

BFBS reporter in Cyprus, Simon Newton

WAR REPORTING

Former Defence and Pentagon Correspondent for The Times Michael Evans

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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05/01/2017

Sitrep January 5th 2017 

In today’s Sitrep what’s in store for the year ahead?  For starters, there’s IS, Trump and Brexit. Plus....Why Russia's got the hots for the arctic, why more Irish nationals are joining the British Army….and, why Hitler's back in the bestseller list. 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau 

Studio guests: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee Other interviews  

NEW YEAR THREAT 

BFBS Reporter James Hirst, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.< 

ARCTIC 

Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers 

IRISH RECRUITMENT TO BRITISH ARMY 

Belfast journalist and author David McKittrick 

NORTH KOREA 

Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee. 

MEIN KAMPF  

Professor Dr. Magnus Brechtken, from the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich website

15/12/2016

Sitrep December 15th 2016 

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08/12/2016

Sitrep December 8th 2016 

The Head of MI6 ‘C’ speaks publicly for the first time – and warns that Russia's actions in Syria will have tragic consequences...

Find out what the PM, Teresa May got up to in Bahrain and what the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said about Saudi Arabia

Plus - how NATO and the EU have overcome years of rivalry to work more closely together

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Other interviews

HEAD OF MI6

BFBS Reporter James Hirst and Sir David Omand, a former Director of GCHQ

BAHRAIN/SAUDI ARABIA

BFBS Reporter James Hirst interview with Teresa May and analysis by Professor Michael Clarke former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

IRAQ/SYRIA

Professor Michael Clarke former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

EU & NATO

Professor Michael Clarke former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

and 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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01/12/2016

Sitrep December 1st 2016 

The MOD is proposing a major change to the way service personnel and their families are housed.  This week Sitrep look at the pros and cons and speaks exclusively to the head of the army, General Sir Nick Carter about housing and the current state of the Army.

Also this week, shipbuilding  - why has the government been told to get a grip?  Sitrep also hears from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones,

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Other interviews

SERVICES’ HOUSING

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Banks

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nick Carter

SHIPBUILDING

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones

Naval Historian and security analyst Professor Eric Grove.

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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24/11/2016

Sitrep November 24th 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 24th November

 

President-elect Trump is putting his cabinet together – but who’ll be the new Secretary of State for Defense?

 

Where’s Russia heading with its nuclear trains?

 

Why the NATO Secretary General says he has confidence that America will continue to support the Alliance.

 

What's the latest from Mosul?

 

And what does the Chancellors Autumn Statement mean for the military?

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

Other interviews 24th November

 

Trump Cabinet

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & Conservative MP and Army Reservist Tom Tugendhat

 

RUSSIA

Former British Ambassador to Russia, Sir Tony Brenton

 

NATO

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

MOSUL

Michael Pregent, former US intelligence officer and now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute

 

AUTUMN STATEMENT

BFBS Reporter, James Hirst

 

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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11/11/2016

Sitrep 10th November 2016 

SITREP Thursday 10TH November

America has voted and Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

So what next?

This week Sitrep looks at what this means for the rest of the world….

Will the new President stick with old alliances or forge new ones?

Will he sign up to NATO?

What does this mean for US military commitments around the world?

Those are just some of the questions Kate Gerbeau will be asking a panel of experts.

You can listen at 1830, Thursday on Forces Radio, BFBS.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guests:

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

Karin Von Hippel = Director of the Royal United Services Institute

Mike Evans, former Times Pentagon Correspondent

BFBS reporter James Hirst

Simon Marks from Feature Story in Washington.

03/11/2016

Sitrep November 3rd 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 3rd November

 

Cyber warfare – a huge investment was announced this week but who are we protecting ourselves from?

 

Iraq – a special insight into what went on post-invasion in 2003.

 

America goes to the polls and but is the FBI calling the vote?

 

The Russian Aircraft carrier - can it really swing the war for Assad?

 

And poppies, why is there always a row?

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Tim Cooper

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

CYBER SECURITY

Dr Madeline Carr of Cardiff University

 

IRAQ

Sir Jeremy Greenstock , formerly the UK's Permanent Representative to the UN, and Britain's lead administrator in Iraq in the aftermath of the coalition invasion.

 

US ELECTIONS

Michael Stathis, Professor of politics at the University of Southern Utah.

 

KUTZNETZOV -RUSSIA

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

POPPIES

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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28/10/2016

Sitrep 27th October 2016 

*** TIM COOPER PRESENTS TODAY ***

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 27th  October

 

NATO expresses concern at Russian aggression and  the UK is deploying more forces to eastern Europe – what’s the significance of the latest announcements?

 

Iraqi forces continue to push towards Mosul -  but what will happen after the city is retaken?

 

The met office celebrates 100 years of military weather forecasting …..

 

And Ian Hislop speaks about his play based on a newspaper created by soldiers at the Battle of the Somme.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Tim Cooper

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

NATO BALTICS

Tony King, Professor in War Studies at the University of Warwick

 

UKRAINE

or Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society

 

MOSUL

Dr Lina Khatib - Head of the Middle East Programme at Chatham House

 

MET OFFICE

Catherine Ross, Archivist at the Met Office

 

WIPERS TIMES

Ian Hislop

 

 

 

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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21/10/2016

Sitrep October 20th 2016 

Could what happens in Mosul determine Iraq’s future?

 

Why investment into Cyber defence is critical to prevent an attack on the UK’s military equipment and systems.

 

Plus: What happened in Vegas in The final TV showdown for Trump and Clinton

 

And – your chance to crack secret codes from GCHQ.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

MOSUL

Michael Pregent (Pree-gent) a former US intelligence officer and now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute - a US think tank

 

CYBER

Professor Michael Clarke, forrmer Director General of the Royal United Service Institute.

 

US ELEX DEBATE

Simon Marks from Feature Story News.

 

GCHQ PUZZLE BOOK

Mike, one of the authors and puzzle creators.

 

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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13/10/2016

Sitrep October 13th 2016 

Discussions are underway about further British military action to combat the crisis in Syria,

In Yemen, the humanitarian situation worsens as Iran becomes involved.

Find out what keeps The Chief of the Air Staff awake at night.

And we hear from the latest in a quick succession of Labour Shadow Defence Ministers

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

SYRIA/RUSSIA

Former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR STEPHEN HILLIER

Interview with BFBS Reporter James Hirst..

YEMEN

Former British Ambassador to Yemen and now head of the Middle East Region at Christian Aid.

SHADOW LABOUR DEFENCE SECRETARY NIA GRIFFITH

Kate Gerbeau interview

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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06/10/2016

Sitrep 6th October 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 6th October

 

How long can Russia’s President Putin support President Assad in Syria?

 

The Prime Minister says British Forces are a special case when it comes to human rights prosecutions - but is she right?

 

Plus, find out what HMS Ocean is doing on Exercise Albanian Lion.

 

And, what's it REALLY like to work for MI5?  A former soldier gives us an insider’s view

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

SYRIA/RUSSIA/US

Professor of Peace Studies Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford

And BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

EXERCISE ALBANIAN LION

Captain Rob Pedre commander of HMS Ocean,

 

HUMAN RIGHTS/BRITISH FORCES

BFBS Reporter James Hirst talking to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon

 

Soldier, Spy – book review

Former Mi5 agent, Tom Marcus - author of Soldier, Spy

 

 

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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29/09/2016

Sitrep 29th September 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 29th  September (Kate presents)

 

Why is the RAF sending Typhoons to South Korea?

 

Who's winning the war of words over Syria - Moscow or Washington?

 

What's the Big Idea which will shape the future of the British Army?

 

And, Yemen's forgotten war - is Saudi Arabia targeting civilians using British made bombs?

22/09/2016

Sitrep 22nd September 2016 

On the show this week:

British troops face a fresh wave of criminal investigations into alleged abuse in Afghanistan.

Could Islamic State will be out of Iraq within months?

In a world at war, yesterday was world peace day – but who knew?

UN Peacekeeping - who writes the rules for the soldiers on the ground?

And are you looking for a new job?  Try MI6  -  find out more on Sitrep.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

IHAT – criminal investigations

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Banks

HCDC Report – Lewis

BFBS Reporter James Hirst interview with Commons Defence Committee Chairman Julian Lewis.

Syria Ceasefire

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

UN Peacekeeping

Colonel Richard Westley, talks about his new book "Operation Insanity: The Dramatic True Story of the Mission that Saved Ten Thousand Lives."

World peace

Dan Smith who is Director of SIPRI - that's the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

15/09/2016

Sitrep 15th September 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 15th  September

 

In Syria the cease-fire appears to holding, but will it make any difference long-term?

 

There are fresh calls for a new European Army - but not everyone wants one.

 

It's a hundred years since the first tank went into battle, do we still need them today

 

And why the American military is facing an obesity crisis.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

SYRIA CEASEFIRE

Hamish de Bretton Gordon, a former Army Officer who now advises NGOs in Syria, and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

EU DEFENCE

anthony King is Professor of War Studies at the University of Warwick.

 

DEFENCE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT ON RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

100 YEARS OF TANKS

David Willey is Curator of the Tank Museum

 

FAT US TROOPS

Former Royal Marine, triple amputee and now peak performance coach Mark Ormrod.

 

 

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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08/09/2016

Sitrep September 8th 2016 

Keeping the peace – what’s happening at the UN Peacekeeping Conference in London?

Find out about the US Presidential candidates’ defence policies,

And, how Russia might try and disrupt the American elections. 

Also this week, is the IS propaganda machine running out of steam?

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

UN Peacekeeping Conference

BFBS reporter James Hirst

South Sudan

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

US Presidential elections

Simon Marks from Feature Story News

Russia spying

Dana Priest, an investigative writer for the Washington Post

ISIS Media

Charlie Winter, associate fellow for the International Centre for Counter-terrorism, at the Hague

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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02/09/2016

Sitrep 1st September 2016 

Why the former head of the Army has apologised over the malaria drug.

Why Pakistan has a crucial role to play in Afghanistan’s stability.

Why employers are being given an insight into Army training in Croatia

And, should British military personnel who are wounded or killed in service be awarded with a medal based on America's Purple Heart?

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: TIM COOPER

Studio guests: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee & military historian, Major General Julian Thompson.

OTHER INTERVIEWS

LARIAM

Colonel Andrew Marriott (who was prescribed lariam)

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee. & military historian Major General Julian Thompson.

AFGHANISTAN

Anthony King is Professor in War Studies at the University of Warwick.

PAKISTAN

Kyle Orton - a Middle East analyst and Research Fellow with the think tank the Henry Jackson Society.

EU ARMY

Military historian Major General Julian Thompson.

CROATIA/Army Reserves

BFBS Reporter Ali Gibson

MILITARY MEDAL

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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26/08/2016

Sitrep 25th August 2016 

On this week’s (today’s) SITREP, presenter Tim Cooper is joined by our defence analyst Christopher Lee and Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford.

 

On the table for discussion are the latest developments involving the Turkish military in northern Syria. We have an exclusive report from northern Iraq where British forces are training local fighters in the battle against IS militants.

 

Plus we find out more about the small boats that formed a special unit of the Royal Navy – and played a key part in the Second World War.

 

(Broadcast times etc as stated previously)

 

18/08/2016

Sitrep 18th August 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 18th August

 

Is Putin spreading his wings across Europe and is Nato’s response enough?

 

Are the Chinese really sending spies to Hinkley Point?

 

Why MI6 will miss the UK's top Jihadist PR man.

 

Why did UN troops ignore rape victims in South Sudan?

 

And medals and flag waving in Rio - the non-military tattoo.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: KATE GERBEAU

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

RUSSIA/PUTIN

International commentator and former presenter of the BBC's The World Tonight Robin Lustig, and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

CHINESE SPIES

Anthony Glees, Professor of politics at Buckingham University

 

CHOUDARY

International commentator and former presenter of the BBC's The World Tonight Robin Lustig.

 

SOUTH SUDAN

the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute, Professor Michael Clarke.

 

NORTH KOREA DEFECTION

International commentator and former presenter of the BBC's The World Tonight Robin Lustig.

 

 

OLYMPICS

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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11/08/2016

Sitrep August 11th 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: TIM COOPER

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 11th August

In Afghanistan  - could  the Taliban be about to take back control of Lashkar Gar?

In Syria – a humanitarian crisis emerges and Assad launches barrel bomb strikes

Russia re-boots its armed forces, there’s no junk and it's all hi-tech.

And, an audience with the Chilcot Report...The Iraq Inquiry gets the Edinburgh Fringe treatment.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: TIM COOPER

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

11th August

AFGHANISTAN

Military analyst Eric Grove and BFBS defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

SYRIA

Fawaz Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics

RUSSIA TURKEY

Military analyst Eric Grove and BFBS defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

RUSSIA CAPABILITY

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff.

CHILCOT AT THE FRINGE

BFBS reporter, Ali Gibson at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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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04/08/2016

Sitrep August 4th 2016 

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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28/07/2016

Sitrep 28th July 2016 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 28th July

 

In this week’s Sitrep….

 

The US and Russia aim for closer military co-operation over Syria air-strikes -but will it work?

 

It’s official - Clinton's going head to head with Trump for the White House.

 

Is the Army falling short on recruitment?

 

And the language of terrorism, how should the media report it?

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

28th July

 

US RUSSIA SYRIA

Michael Stathis - Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Southern Utah University & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

US ELEX

Michael Stathis - Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Southern Utah University & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

REPORTING TERROR

writer and broadcaster Robin Lustig.

 

RECRUITING AND RESERVES

BFBS Reporter James Hirst speaking to Retired Lieutenant General Robin Brims.

 

CGS

General Sir Nick Carter, interview with Charlotte Banks.

 

Baltic Fleet

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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21/07/2016

Sitrep 21st July 2016 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS,  21st July

 

Why Donald Trump says he will put America’s needs ahead of NATO if he becomes president

 

Turkey - what's happened to the Generals and who's in charge of the nuclear bombs?

 

Is France Europe's easiest terrorist target?

 

The latest Navy Frigate - will it ever float?

 

And why the General wants recruits to walk the walk.

 

 

TRUMP - NATO

Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington.

& BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

TURKEY

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

FRANCE TERROR

Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the University of Buckingham's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies

 

SHIPS AND FRIGATES

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

CGS

General Sir Nick Carter, interview with  Charlotte Banks.

 

HMS Ambush

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 podcast.

14/07/2016

Sitrep 14th July 2016 

A new era for British Politics starts today but where does Teresa May stand on defence?

After the Iraq inquiry what does Tony Blair have to say to British troops?

Why the Service Complaints’ Commissioner says it’s not all about bullying and harassment....

And Sitrep look ahead to next week’s vote on whether to replace the Trident Nuclear Weapons system.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS

POLITICS

BFBS Correspondent at Westminster, James Hirst & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

TRIDENT

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

CHILCOT REPORT

Interview with Tony Blair.

NATO summit

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINE

Hannah Bryce, Assistant Head of International Security at Chatham House

SERVICE COMPLAINTS’ COMMISSIONER

BFBS Reporter Tim Cooper

 

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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07/07/2016

Sitrep July 7th 2016 

Sitrep - the Chilcot Report

Join Kate Gerbeau, Christopher Lee and a panel of defence experts for reaction & analysis of the long awaited Chilcot Report.


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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30/06/2016

Sitrep 30th June 2016 

**KATE PRESENTS**

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 30th June

 

 

BREXIT – what are the implications for defence,

 

Why NATO is more important than ever.

 

Why Britain is sending more troops to Iraq as Fallujah falls.

 

The countdown to Chilcot - the full story of Britain's part in the Iraq War

 

And remembering the Somme – 100 years on 

Britain is leaving the European Union.

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

BREXIT

 

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director General of the Royal United Services Institute and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

TROOPS TO IRAQ

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

CHILCOT REPORT

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

Battle of the Somme

A Walk Throught Delville Woods – Mikaela Roche

 

'Too Important for the Generals’ Book review

By former soldier, now historian and author Allan Mallinson

 

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

 

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24/06/2016

Sitrep June 23rd 2016 

In today's programme...(presented by Kate Gerbeau)

Why the fallout from the fighting in Fallujah is leading to a humanitarian crisis.

Should you be angry or reassured that the security services could soon have the power to legally hack into our smartphones.......?

The head of the Army talks about the progression of women in the forces.

And...Armed Forces Day - we look ahead to a national celebration of our Armed Forces

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

FALLUJAH

Defence Analyst Christopher Lee and former Sky News Foreign and Diplomatic Correspondent Tim Marshall.

SPIES

Professor David Omand, former head of GCHQUS TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

WOMEN IN THE ARMY

BFBS Reporter Shirley Swain interviews the head of the Army, General Sir Nick Carter.

ARMED FORCES DAY

BFBS Reporter Tim Cooper previews the weekend’s celebrations

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)

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16/06/2016

Sitrep June 16th 2016 

Is there a new cold war?  And what’s the view from Moscow?

Could the US increase its military presence in Afghanistan?

Weapons of the future – find out about the new automated drone.

Plus PTSD - is enough being done?

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

16th June

NATO

Professor Michael Clarke until recently the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

NATO RUSSIA

Dr Dererk Averre from the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian studies at the University of Birmingham.

US TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

Professor Michael Clarke until recently the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute and BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

DRONES

Featrure on The Taranis at BAE Systems, by BFBS reporter Kate Wathall

PTSD

Matthew Green is a journalist who blogs about PTSD

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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09/06/2016

Sitrep June 9th 2016 

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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03/06/2016

Sitrep 2nd June 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 2nd June

 

 

The fight to take back Fallujah and the key role the RAF is playing.

 

Is the UK is at risk from terrorists via the English channel?

 

Afghanistan: why is the world is looking the other way.

 

Two former generals battle it out & give their unique perspective on the EU referendum.

 

And…remembering Jutland 100 years on

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

IRAQ - FALLUJAH

BFBS reporter Simon Newton in Cyprus & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

AFGHANISTAN – Amnesty report

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

BURUNDI

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

ENGLISH CHANNEL  - SECURITY GAP

Former first sea Lord, Lord West

 

JUTLAND 100

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones

 

EU REFERENDUM – a military point of view

General Sir Mike Jackson was Chief of the General Staff at the time of the Iraq War and believes Britain should stay in the EU,

Major General Julian Thompson led 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War and wants Britain to vote leave.

 

 

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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27/05/2016

Sitrep 26th May 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 26th May
 

Are British special forces operating in Libya?


Britain boosts its contribution to the international coalition in Iraq and Syria in the ongoing fight against IS.

 

As President Obama continues his global long goodbye tour - Sitrep takes a look at America's position in the world.

 

And, onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the Royal Navy's incoming aircraft carriers, as she welcomes her first Commanding Officer.

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

AMERICA'S VIEW

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

IS LIBYA

Former British Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles

 

IRAQ

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

TALIBAN

Professor Michael Stathis, Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Utah & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

HMS Queen Elizabeth

BFBS Reporter Ali Gibsons speaks to Captain Jerry Kyd, CO of

Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth

 

 

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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19/05/2016

Sitrep May 19th 2016 

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.

12/05/2016

Sitrep May 12th 2016 

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)

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05/05/2016

Sitrep May 5th 2016 

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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28/04/2016

Sitrep 28th April 2016 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate 

Gerbeau

 

 

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 28th April

 

 

 

 

 

Is it right to keep quiet about foreign policy?

 

 

 

Is the "Special Relationship" between the USA and Britain still 

going strong?

 

 

 

When 14 became one - the amalgamation of the Scottish Regiments, 

ten years on.

 

 

 

Why a long military career could be good for your state of 

mind…

 

 

 

And Flipper joins the Russian Navy – find out why in today’s 

Sitrep.

 

 

21/04/2016

Sitrep April 21st 2016 

Are the MoD cooking the books?

 

 

 

The Government has no plans to send British combat troops to Libya...but is that the whole truth?

 

 

 

A NATO Security chief warns of IS bombers putting explosives inside their own bodies.

 

 

 

Why Russia has ambitions towards the Arctic region…..

 

 

 

And Obama's in town to wish the Queen a Happy 90th Birthday, but what does he really think of Britain?

14/04/2016

Sitrep April 14th 2016 

The Chilcot Report - why's it taking so long?

 

Obama says Libya was his worst mistake - but should The West intervene again?

 

The UN's looking for a new Secretary General - who's up for the job?

 

Could fast living and fast thinking means snap decisions on security and more wars?

 

And Ex-Detect - the new anti-terrror device that could have prevented the Brussels attacks

07/04/2016

Sitrep 7th April 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 7th April

 

 

 

Why Nato needs America to stay strong.

 

 

 

Can Afghan forces retake Sangin from the Taliban?

 

 

 

Libya?  Democracy or blood revenge?

 

 

 

Why are British troops hitting the desert in Jordan

 

 

 

And the British spy who never came in from the cold.

31/03/2016

Sitrep 31st March 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Tim Cooper

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 24th March

 

In today’s Sitrep – Which British intelligence agency is chasing jihadist bombers?

 

Will a new government help to stabilize Libya and counter the IS threat in the region?

 

Does Russia have the upper hand over the West in key military and communications areas?

 

 

 

And Continental Shelves - explained.  Why Argentina reckons its on to a winner with the Falklands.

24/03/2016

Sitrep March 24th 2016 

 

 

 

Terror in Europe, first Paris, now Brussels, where next?

 

Trump lashes out at NATO and the UN.

 

Why defence is still an election issue in Scotland.

 

 

 

And the legacy of 1916....Ireland Commemorates but does Britain ignore?

 

 

 

 

 

17/03/2016

Sitrep March 17th 2016 

In today's programme - a warning from a top security official that Europe is dealing with the migration crisis in a “messy way”.

 

It’s been five years since the unrest in Syria began, but will the renewed peace talks work and why the sudden Russian withdrawal?

 

 

 

Street fighters - why the Army thinks urban warfare training is vital.

 

 

 

And why RFA Lyme Bay is "Ship of the Year".

10/03/2016

Sitrep 10th March 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 10th March

 

 

 

Thousands of secret ISIS membership details are leaked...how big a coup is it for the security services?

 

 

 

Why violence is on the increase in Northern Ireland and Libya is struggling against threats from Islamic extremists.

 

 

 

Predicting the future in world events...are the so called experts losing their touch?

 

 

 

Plus: women in the British Army could be seen in combat roles within months.

03/03/2016

Sitrep 3rd March 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 3rd March

 

 

 

The man who says the President got it wrong on IS.

 

 

 

The Brecon Beacons deaths - why is the MOD off the hook?

 

 

 

Find out what 3 Rifles are up to in Louisana

 

 

 

And Super Tuesday, could Donald Trump be the next Commander in Chief of American Armed Forces?

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

 

IRAQ/IS FAILURES

 

David Kilcullen, former senior counter-insurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in 2007 and 2008, where he helped design and monitor the Iraq War troop surge.

 

 

 

NATO/PUTIN

 

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

NORTH KOREA

 

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

BRECON BEACON DEATHS

 

Legal commentator Joshua Rosenberg

 

 

 

EXERCISE RATTLESNAKE

 

BFBS Reporter Ali Gibson

 

 

 

Super Tuesday

 

Simon Marks from Feature Story News

26/02/2016

Sitrep 25th February 2016 

Brexit - who’s in and who’s out in the world of defence

 

 

 

Will the Syrian ceasefire work?

 

 

 

The day the Russians condemned Stalin – could Putin be next?

 

 

 

How the Australians have increased their defence budget thanks to China.

 

 

 

And tributes to Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown - the UK's greatest ever test pilot, who died earlier this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

 

EU DEFENCE LETTER

 

BFBS Reporter James Hirst & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

SYRIA CEASEFIRE

 

Doris Carrion, a Research Associate from the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House & BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

KRUSHCHEV

 

Dr Martin McCauley is a Soviet and Russian historian from University College London

 

 

 

WINKLE BROWN

 

Tributes to Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown - described as the UK's greatest ever test pilot who dies aged 97 last weekend.

 

 

18/02/2016

Sitrep February 18th 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

Is Assad winning the Syrian War?

 

 

 

Does Putin’s bombing campaign make him a war criminal?

 

 

 

If the UK pulls out of the EU, what happens to NATO?

 

 

 

A special report from Exercise Ascari Storm 2016 - the largest ever deployment of reservists in an overseas exercise.

 

 

 

And what makes a defence secretary go to the Falklands?

11/02/2016

Sitrep 11th February 2016 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 11th February

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

NATO’s sending ships to help with the European migrant crisis but could they get drawn into the fight against IS?

 

 

 

In North Korea another general is executed so what exactly is the Dear Leader up to? 

 

 

 

What’s wrong with the Navy’s Type 45s?

 

 

 

And, how the British Army can learn from the Greek tragedy....

04/02/2016

Sitrep 4th February 2016 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 4th February

 

 

 

As the Syrian peace talks are suspended Sitrep looks at the spread of IS in Afghanistan and Libya.

 

 

 

Find out all you need to know about the new Chiefs of Staff at the MoD

 

 

 

Why the USA is proposing an increase in military spending for Europe.

 

 

 

And what do YOU think of the Army’s new TV ads?

28/01/2016

Sitrep January 28th 2016 

 

 

US General Jon Allen says Afghanistan can't beat the Taliban without a new air force.

Syria - are tomorrow's talks already dead in the water?

Britain's arms sales to Saudi Arabia, are they being used against Yemen?

A special report from Earthquake hit Nepal - nine months on.

And Forces Charities - is the public going cool?  You can hear the COBSEO Chairman, Lt Gen Sir Andrew Ridgway's thoughts on this and the current isues faced by the sector.

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee
 

 

21/01/2016

Sitrep January 21st 2016 

 

 

Trident - the Government gets its Vanguards in a row.

Who killed the Russian spy Litvinenko? Find out what the official inquiry says…

 


The new Service Complaints Ombudsman explains how she plans to deal with bullying and harassment.

 

 

 

And 25 years on Flight Lieutenant John Peters remembers his capture by Saddam's forces 25 years on.

 



 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

14/01/2016

Sitrep January 14th 2015 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 14th January

 

 

 

Aid finally gets through to Syria’s starving but should the RAF be doing more?

 

Is Helmand a lost cause? Sitrep hears from Britain’s Ambassador in Kabul who says it’s not.

 

It’s five years since the Arab Spring uprisings began – but has it done more harm than good?

 

And, why there’s a growing need for health care for our military veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

The British Ambassador to Kabul, Karen Pierce

 

 

 

SYRIA – HOMS TRUCE

 

Hamish de Bretton Gordon is a chemical weapons expert who advises NGOs working in Iraq and Syria.

 

 

 

STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH

 

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

ARAB SPRING 5 YEARS

 

Broadcaster Robin Lustig

 

 

 

VETERANS HEALTH  

 

BFBS Reporter Kaija Larke

 

 

 

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.

08/01/2016

Sitrep January 7th 2016 

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………….

18/12/2015

Sitrep December 17th 2015 

Sitrep’s Review of the Year
Join Kate Gerbeau, BFBSDefence Analyst, Christopher Lee & special guests for Sitrep's review ofthe year. They'll be discussing themilitary issues that dominated the headlines this year, and consider what’s onthe horizon for our armed forces in 2016.
Sitrep’s Review of the Year will be broadcast on Thursday 17th December on BFBS Radio and across UK Bases at 6.30pm (UK),and on BFBS Radio 2 at 6.30pm (UK).

10/12/2015

Sitrep December 10th 2015 

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03/12/2015

Sitrep December 3rd 2015 

After 10 hours of debate Prime Minister David Cameron got the green light to extend the air campaign to Syria – but what’s the end game?

 

 

 

America tops up its special forces in the Middle East,

 

 

 

And Nato gets a new member - Montenegro has joined the alliance but how will Russia react?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

Studio guest: BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

 

SYRIA

 

Kate Gerbeau interviews Prime Minister, David Cameron

 

 

 

SYRIA

 

James Hirst interviews the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

 

 

 

COMMONS DEBATE

 

Former Foreign Secretary, Dame Margaret Beckett.

 

 

 

US SPECIAL FORCES

 

BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

MONTENEGRO JOINS NATO

 

Jonathan Eyal, International Director at the Royal United Services Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

26/11/2015

Sitrep November 26th 2015 

PRESENTER KATE GERBEAU

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 19th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PM tell us why Britain should bomb Syria but can he secure the vote?

 

 

 

Plus: Reflections on this week’s Defence review

 

 

 

The diplomatic fall out between Russia and Turkey,

 

 

 

Are Al Qaeda a bigger long term threat than ISIS?

 

 

 

And is Climate Change the world’s biggest enemy?

 

 

19/11/2015

Sitrep November 19th 2015 

PRESENTER TIM COLLINS

 

 

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 19th November

 

 

 

 

 

After the Paris terror attacks - how can we beat ISIS and if we do, how will we manage the peace?

 

 

 

Find out what’s likely to be in next week’s Defence and Security Review .

 

 

 

Could cyber-attacks bring Britain to a standstill inside three days?

 

 

 

and why the biggest long term threat is climate change.

12/11/2015

Sitrep November 12th 2015 

PRESENTER KATE GERBEAU

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 5th   November

 

 

 

After four years of war in Syria can this weekend’s Vienna talks bring hope?

 

The Defence Review – are we about to find out who gets what and how much it'll cost.

 

Is the Chancellor trying to hi-jack Trident from the MoD?

 

Why the Cyber geeks in Southampton could be potential recruits for GCHQ.

 

And, Inside the Glasshouse - what's life really like inside Colchester's military prison?

05/11/2015

Sitrep November 5th 2015 

PRESENTER KATE GERBEAU

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 5th   November

 

 

 

Terror in Sinai, was it a bomb that bought the plane down?

 

 

 

Will the Commons ever hold a vote to go into Syria?

 

 

 

What’s in the Snooper’ Charter and how will affect British Forces?

 

 

 

And, why a former Army Chief says the NHS should be spending more money on mental health.

 

 

29/10/2015

Sitrep October 29th 2015 

Sitrep speaks to NATO's Secretary General about Russia, Syria and Ukraine.

 

How anti-extremists are hoping to stop radicalisation through the arts.

 

What HMS Ocean is doing on Exercise Trident Juncture in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

The Commando Doctor who is making Battlefield Medicine work in peacetime.

 

And MI5 tells us why our emails have to be bugged.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst

 

Studio guest: Christopher Lee & Russia Analyst Martin McCauley

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst

 

 

 

Nato, Russia & Syria

 

Russia Analyst Martin McCauley as well as our own defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

NATO Exercise Trident Juncture

 

Commander of the helicopter carrier, assault ship and Royal Navy Flagship, HMS Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

Countering radicalisation through the arts

 

Nazish Khan i- Quilliam's Arts Practitioner/Researcher

 

 

 

World Extreme Medicine Conference

 

Surgeon Commander Dr Jamie Philips

 

 

 

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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22/10/2015

Sitrep October 22nd 2015 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 22nd October (TIM COOPER presenting)

 

 

 

This week in Sitrep - The story of migrants in Cyprus,

 

Cyber security fears behind the Chinese deal to build the UK's new Nuclear power station.

 

The United Nations is 70 years old on Saturday - but do we expect too much?

 

NATO's biggest exercise in ten years takes to Land, Sea and Air. But who's the enemy?

 

Plus The Paras get their Pegasus back and what it takes to be a poppy seller.

15/10/2015

Sitrep October 15th 2015 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 15th October (Kate Gerbeau presenting)

 

 

 

American troops are to stay longer in Afghanistan as the security situation gets worse.

 

In Syria – the USA and Russia talk airspace while Lord Robertson says Britain should carry out airstrikes there.

 

Israel, is another Gaza war on the way?

 

And Trident - the SNP say it must still go.

09/10/2015

Sitrep 8th October 2015 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 8th October (Kate Gerbeau presenting)

 

 

 

Nato demands Russia to stop its Syrian operation- but will they take any notice?

 

And, as tensions rise in Europe, the UK is sending troops to the Baltics

 

Why America must rethink total withdrawal plans in Afghanistan,

 

Sitrep speaks to the journalist that went to see one of America’s most wanted in Moscow

 

Plus: Rugby - England are out but Britain's defence forces scrum down for triumph.

02/10/2015

Sitrep October 1st 2015 

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24/09/2015

Sitrep September 24th 2015 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 24th September
 

 
 

Find out what needs to happen in the next Defence Review to make our Forces more efficient.
 

 
 

America and Russia go head to head on what happens next in Syria,
 

 
 

Plus, British troops teaching the Kurds how to beat IS and get streetwise,
 

 
 

And 75 years of the George Cross - the people's decoration.
 

 
 

 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 

 
 

DEFENCE POLICY
Richard Norton Taylor who writes for The Guardian on defence and security,
 

 
 

SYRIA/PUTIN/UN
Professor Joshua Landis from the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma
 

 
 

PESHMERGA
BFBS presenter Charlene Guy speaking to some of the soldiers who have been working on the ground in Iraq, training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
 

 
 

GEORGE CROSS 75TH ANNIVERSARY
BFBS reporter Claire Sadler
 

 
 


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.
 

 
 

 
 

 

17/09/2015

Sitrep September 17th 2015 

Presenter Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 17th September

 

 

 

Why the man at the top of MI5 has spoken publicly about why they need to read our emails.

 

Frederick Forsyth tells Sitrep why he’s backing the campaign to clear the guilty Royal Marine.

 

Plus the best of the new defence innovations at the DSEI exhibition

 

And the Battle of Britain remembered:

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

MI5

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

MARINE A

 

Best-selling author Frederick Forsyth

 

 

 

DSEI

 

Will Inglis reporting on the A400M

 

 

 

PLUS INTERVIEW ON THE FOLLOWING

 

 

 

Dr Markus Jung head of Rheinmetal's Direct Energy Weapon Programme, discussing their new laser gun

 

 

 

BAe Systems,head of Cyber Threat Intelligence, Adrian Nish.

 

 

 

Swiss Company RUAG discussing its new ‘snipers’ bullet.

 

 

 

BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

10/09/2015

Sitrep September 10th 2015 

Was the RAF drones strike against IS in Syria legal and is there more to come?

 

Find out why Russia is increasing its military presence in the region.

 

A new report warns against cuts in UK security.

 

Is the IRA still active in Northern Ireland?

 

And what will a new leader of the Labour Party mean for defence, security and foreign affairs in Parliament?

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

SYRIA (Drones)

 

Sir William Patey

 

 

 

SYRIA /RUSSIA

 

The Times Diplomatic Editor Roger Boyes

 

 

 

DFEENCE CUTS

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst has been speaking to RUSI's research director, Professor Malcolm Chalmers.

 

 

 

N IRELAND

 

Northern Ireland writer and commentator Chris Ryder

 

 

 

Labour leadership

 

BBC World Service Political Correspondent Rob Watson

 

 

 

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.

03/09/2015

Sitrep September 3rd 2015 

The Migrant crisis, how should the UK respond and is Europe doing enough
The Libyan campaign – who was right, the chiefs of staff or the politicians?
Afghan Interpreters - what Price should we pay now the war is over.
Plus why China’s military are on parade and it’s Merchant Navy Day, but who remembers?
 

27/08/2015

Sitrep August 27th 2015 

Nato’s Exercise Swift Response gets underway in Europe as China and Russia show off their military might in the Sea of Japan.

 

What’s behind the Taliban’s push into a former British stronghold in Afghanistan?

 

Can improved relations between the West and Iran help the Syrian crisis?

 

And how a little bit of Shakespeare is helping injured soldiers.

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paua Middlehurst
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & Tim Marshall, foreign affairs and international analyst.

20/08/2015

Sitrep August 20th 2015 

Presenter Paula Middlehurst

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 20th August

 

 

 

The Chilcot report, what’s behind claims of political pressure on the inquiry team?

 

 

 

Is there a new ‘Cold War’ emerging between Russia & the West?

 

 

 

The Battle of Britain’s Hardest Day remembered,

 

 

 

 

 

And the US army get ready for an historic day

13/08/2015

Sitrep August 13th 2015 

Presenter TIM COOPER

 

 

 

Is the British army becoming a training force not a fighting force?

 

The Ukraine training promise from the Defence Secretary.

 

Op Shader one year on - has it made a difference?

 

70 years since VJ DAY - commemorations take place.

 

 

 

And why is JAPAN choosing now to look at changing its military engagement rules?

06/08/2015

Sitrep August 6th 2015 

Presenter Kate Gerbeau
 
Find out about MoD plans for a deployment to Libya.

Concerns are raised over the forthcoming Defence Review.
Plus, the Navy’s new Type 26 frigate goes into production
And 70 years on – the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima is remembered.

31/07/2015

Sitrep July 30th 2015 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 30th JULY

 

 

 

The US moves its front line from Germany to Turkey and the war against ISIS gets closer.

 

 

 

Mullah Omar, the man who invented the Taleban, is officially dead, or is he?

 

 

 

Plus: Robot Wars. What's the possibility of a Terminator - style conflict?

 

 

 

And Lord Richards, the former chief of the defence staff, reflects on 70 years of Forces broadcasting in Germany

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

IS/TURKEY/NATO

 

Shashank Joshi from the Royal United Services Institute

 

 

 

DEATH OFTALEBAN COMMANDER MULLAH OMAR

 

Shashank Joshi from the Royal United Services Institute

 

 

 

UKRAINE TRAINING EXERCISE

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

ROBOT WARS

 

Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield

 

 

 

Defence cuts

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

BFBS Germany - 70 Years

 

BFBS reporter, Patrick Eade  & Lord Richards,former Chief of Defence Staff

 

 

 

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.

23/07/2015

Sitrep July 23rd 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 23rd JULY

 

 

 

Are active IS units operating in a NATO country?

 

 

 

Find out why the Americans are saying that Russia is the No.1 enemy

 

 

 

And what the Defence Committee has to say in their latest report…

 

 

 

Plus, as millions of refugees escape conflict in the Middle East what can the international community do to help?

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

IS/TURKEY/NATO

 

Former Liberal Democratic leader Paddy Ashdown

 

 

 

RUSSIA-US

 

Michael Evans from The Times

 

 

 

DEFENCE COMMITTEE

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

REFUGEES

 

Ariane Rummery from The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

17/07/2015

Sitrep July 16th 2015 

A new Government with a new budget but is it really good news for defence & Nato?

 

 

 

And what’s the reaction from the USA?

 

 

 

Why does Greece commit so much to defence with its huge economic problems?

 

 

 

 

 

The IS media machine is in full swing, but how should the West counter it?

 

 

 

And find out how geography can dictate global security

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

BUDGET

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & to Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington

 

 

 

GREECE

 

Tim Marshall, Former Diplomatic Editor at Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

IS PROPAGANDA

 

Charlie Winter, Quilliam’s Senior Researcher on Transnational Jihadism

 

 

 

PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY by Tim Marshall(book review)

 

10 maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics. 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

09/07/2015

Sitrep July 9th 2015 

A new Government with a new budget but is it really good news for defence & Nato?

 

 

 

And what’s the reaction from the USA?

 

 

 

Why does Greece commit so much to defence with its huge economic problems?

 

 

 

 

 

The IS media machine is in full swing, but how should the West counter it?

 

 

 

And find out how geography can dictate global security

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

BUDGET

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & to Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News in Washington

 

 

 

GREECE

 

Tim Marshall, Former Diplomatic Editor at Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

IS PROPAGANDA

 

Charlie Winter, Quilliam’s Senior Researcher on Transnational Jihadism

 

 

 

PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY by Tim Marshall(book review)

 

10 maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics. 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

02/07/2015

Sitrep July 2nd 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday11th June 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

 

 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 2nd JULY

 

 

 

Terror in Tunisia – after last week’s atrocities could the UK attack Islamic State in Syria?

 

 

 

Can anyone stop IS? And what do the lawyers say?

 

 

 

Find out what changes lay ahead for the British Army

 

 

 

It's back to The Somme - but what's the point in all these commemorations?

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

TUNISIA/IS THREAT & REACTION

 

The new Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Crispin Blunt, Hamish de Bretton Gordon, a chemical weapons expert working for NGOs in Syria and Iraq....and of course, BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee.

 

 

 

POLITICAL REACTION

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst

 

 

 

LAND WARFARE CONFERENCE

 

BFBS reporter Rosie Laydon speaking to Director General of RUSI, Professor Michael Clarke

 

 

 

BATTLE OF THE SOMME CENTENARY EVENT

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

25/06/2015

Sitrep June 25th 2015 

SITREP TRAIL THURS, 25 JUNE

 

 

 

Nato ministers meet as Russia flexes its muscles.

 

Defence Spending…can the UK have its cake and eat it?

 

 

 

And…the Victoria Cross?  Is it time for a rethink on why it’s awarded?

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

 

 

NATO TALKS

 

BFBS Reporter Rob Olver

 

 

 

RUSSIAN STRATEGY

 

BFBS Reporter Charlotte Cross

 

 

 

DEFENCE SPENDING

 

Bernard Jenkin MP

 

 

 

 

 

VICTORIA CROSS

 

Author Gary Mead (book review)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

18/06/2015

Sitrep June 18th 2015 

Presenter Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

Yemen – we hear from a reporter on the ground in the wartorn region

 

Europe's Migrant Crisis deepens but what next for the Royal Navy's involvement?

 

There’s a new man in the defence Committee Chair - but what will Julian Lewis bring to the job?

 

The Afghan Appeal fund celebrates 10 years of building schools in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

And ...The 1805 battle of Waterloo, what does it mean for you?

11/06/2015

Sitrep June 11th 2015 

This week's Sitrep comes to you from the hallowed turf of Lord's Cricket Ground where the Inter-Service T20 tournament is taking place.
 

 
 

We will talking about the importance of Sport in forces life as well as looking at the connections between Cricket and the military.
 

 
 

Rain may stop play but the usual discussion and debate about all things defence and foreign affairs will continue. 
 

 
 

Kate Gerbeau is our Spin Bowler with BFBS Defence Analyst Christopher Lee behind the wicket.
 

 
 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

 

04/06/2015

Sitrep June 4th 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 4th June 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s our biggest threat – Islamic State or Russia?

 

And should the UK send ground troops to fight alongside the Iraqi Army? One former British Army Commander thinks they should.

 

Will America’s snooping restrictions have an impact on British Intelligence?

 

 

 

Could there be major development problems for the carriers’ new F35 fighter jets?

 

 

 

And why Forces’ sport is an integral part of military life …………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

 

 

Defence Cuts

 

BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine/ISIS

 

Professor Paul Rogers from the department of peace studies at the University of Bradford

 

 

 

ISIS in Iraq

 

Lieutenant General Graeme Lamb served in Iraq as Deputy Commanding General of the multi-national force.

 

F35s

 

Former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Sharkey Ward

 

Amercian & British intelligence gathering

 

Richard Norton-Taylor who writes for the Guardian on defence and security matters

 

 

 

Forces Sport

 

BFBS Reporter Julian Evans

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

28/05/2015

Sitrep May 28th 2015 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

(First broadcast on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

Find out how the next SDSR is shaping up.

 

 

 

What the new Crowsnest surveillance system will mean for the Royal Navy.

 

 

 

Why Obama has spoken out about Russian’s aggression towards Ukraine.

 

 

 

And, why China could be heading for a show-down with the US over the disputed South China Islands.

 

And from British Soldier to Blackwater - life as a security contractor in Iraq.

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

 

 

QUEEN’S SPEECH AND  SDSR

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with Professor Malcolm Chalmers, from the Defence and Security think tank - The Royal United Services Institute,

 

 

 

CROWSNEST SURVEILLANCE FOR THE ROYAL NAVY.

 

Commander Graham Edmonds, Vice Chairman, at the UK National Defence Association.

 

 

 

RUSSIAN/NATO/UKRAINE.

 

Professor Michael Stathis from the University of Southern Utah & BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

 

 

CHINA &  THE DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA ISLANDS.

 

Mark Stone Asia Correspondent for Sky News.

 

 

 

BLACKWATER

 

One former British soldier talks about his time as a Blackwater contractor in Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

21/05/2015

Sitrep May 21st 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

AS IS gathers ground in both Syria & Iraq, Sitrep speaks to a leading expert on Islamic State as the militants continue to gather ground in Iraq and Syria.

 

Also this week, is America sending weapons into space?

 

Nato chiefs of staff list new security challenges.

 

And why more people are dying in conflict despite fewer wars being fought.

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:    BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

Abdel Bari Atwan, author of "Islamic State - The Digital Caliphate"

 

BFBS reporter Victoria Smith interview with the International Institute for Strategic Studies Director of transnational threats and political risk, Nigel Inkster, as it publishes its 2015 Armed Conflict Survey.

 

X-37B Spacecraft  with Kenneth Chang ,Science Reporter from The New York Times,

 

BFBS reporter James Hirst talks to the people behind a new film giving a unique insight into the Afghan Army in Helmand .  "Tell Spring Not To Come This Year"

 

 

 

THURSDAYS at 4:30pm UK TIME on BFBS RADIO 2and 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.

14/05/2015

Sitrep May 14th 2015 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

In Syria - have the Generals had enough of Assad?

 

Is NATO lining up it's Baltic army?

 

Who will be the new Chair of the Defence Select Committee?

 

RAF Chinooks are being prevented from helping in Nepal. Has Britain sent the wrong type of helicopter?

 

And some right royal opinions have aired about the Ministry of Defence.

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

Sir Andrew Green, a former British Ambassador in Damascus.

 

 

 

Former Chief of the General  Staff, Lord Dannatt, discussing the possibility of Nato troops being deployed to Baltic states.

 

The Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart talking to Tim Cooper about the now vacant position of Chair of Commons Defence Select Committee.

 

 

 

Nepal Aid - Yurendra Basnett , Research Fellow from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

 

 

 

 

 

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

07/05/2015

Sitrep May 7th 2015 

KATE GERBEAU PRESENTS TODAY
 

 
 

(First broadcast on Thursday 7th May 2015 at 4.30pm)
 

 
 

70 years on from VE Day...how did the Second World War change the world?
Plus, what’s the experts verdict on what's in store for the NEXT seventy years?
Why the West should understand how Russia’s past has influenced its present
And...how Dynamic Mongoose is taking the North Sea by storm.
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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & Dr Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford
 

 
 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
Grand Strategy  - looking ahead Professor Malcolm Chalmers from the Royal United Services Institute
Russia/VE Day - Mary Dejevsky (DEJ-EV-SKEE) from The Independent.
EXERCISE MONGOOSE – Dr Paul Rogers
 

 
 

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

30/04/2015

Sitrep April 30th 2015 

How Gurkha engineers and the RAF are providing aid to Nepal

 

Trident - why the debate goes on?

 

There's a new man in charge of Northern Cyprus, will that help the stalled peace talks?

 

And Britain's Greatest Generation with stories of VE Day and beyond.

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Paula Middlehurst

 

STUDIO GUEST:           BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

NEPAL AID EFFORT

 

Ghurka Welfare Trust chairman; General Sir Peter Wall speaking to James Hirst and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

TRIDENT

 

Interview with former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Boyce, and BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

NEW PRESIDENT OF NORTHERN CYPRUS

 

Correspondent - Mike Theodoulou

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

 

 

Sue Elliot, Co-Author of "Britain's Greatest Generation

23/04/2015

Sitrep April 23rd 2015 

The Mediterranean migrants crisis…did we heed the warnings?

 

 

 

The use of drones -  are we being told everything?

 

 

 

100 years on what did we learn from Gallipoli?

 

 

 

and…with two weeks to go…what are the main defence issues dominating the election?

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee and former Royal Marine, Major General Julian Thompson.

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

General Sir Nick Parker, former Commander, Land Forces speaking to BFBS reporter James Hirst ahead of the general election on defence issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Book review with author Chris Woods, a former BBC Panorama producer whose new book is Sudden Justice, America’s Secret Drone Wars

16/04/2015

Sitrep April 16th 2015 

How the US UK Joint Exercise in The States is helping to cement the special relationship.

 

Russia - The Big Question, should we be frightened of Putin?

 

Find out about the report on Britain's nuclear deterrent that no-body wants published.

 

In Syria, Is President Assad still using chlorine and cyanide in attacks against his own people?

 

And The Election - why no one wants to talk defence.

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

10/04/2015

Sitrep April 9th 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

The Tories want to talk Trident - but what does it mean to voters?

 

Why is Iran sending ships to Yemen?

 

Where are North Korea's missing missiles?

 

And why 2015 is a big year for the Gurkhas...

 

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PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Naval Historian and defence strategist Professor Eric Grove on Trident.

 

 

 

Edward Schwarck is a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute specialising in Asia Studies, discussing Japan.

 

 

 

Lal Shahi,(POR: Lal Shar-hee) the Manager of BFBS Gurkha Radio service down in Shorncliffe, on the Gurkha 200 Anniversary celebrations.

 

 

 

75th Anniversary of the Second World War's 'Battle of Narvik', Ron Cope has written a book on the battle. It's called "Attack at Dawn'

 

 

 

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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

 

 

 

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03/04/2015

Sitrep April 3rd 2015 

Is President Putin threatening to use nuclear warheads over the Baltic States?
 

 
 

Is the MOD's anti-malaria drug safe?
 

 
 

Will defence be an election winner on May 7th?
 

 
 

 

 

And Christopher Lee explains what happened to the dead teeth at the Battle of Waterloo.

26/03/2015

Sitrep March 26th 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 26th  March 2015 at 4.30pm)
 
British troops train up Syrian Rebels – is this the start of something bigger?
 
Why are  the Saudis are bombing Yemen.
 
The voice of reason from the Vicar of Baghdad…
 
Does Argentina really fancy another pop at the Falklands?
 
And Richard the Third – were you there when they buried him?
 
 
 
 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee, military strategist Professor Eric Grove.
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Canon Andrew White – known as the Vicar of Baghdad, is in Jerusalem.
 
Chair of House of Commons Defence committee, Rory Stewart speaking to James Hirst
 
Major General Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade, during the Falklands War.
 
 

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 Sky Channel 0211
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23/03/2015

Sitrep March 19th 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 19th  March 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

British troops are going to  Ukraine, but what exactly will they do there?

 

Terror in Tunisia  - why did terrorists target the fledgling democracy?

 

The budget – good news for veterans and military charities.

 

Post Traumatic Stress disorder – what happens when it’s the nurse who suffers?

 

And all aboard, as a new look for navy personnel is announced…

 

  

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

Toops to Ukraine & terror attack in Tunisia, Michael Evans from The Times

 

 

 

The Budget – BFBS reporter James Hirst & Michael Evans from The Times

 

 

 

Major Lawrence Roche on Exercise Tractable on Salisbury Plain

 

 

 

Army Nursing officer Kerrie Pealin discussing her personal experience of Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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12/03/2015

Sitrep March 12th 2015 

Tony Blair speaks exclusively Sitrep’s Kate Gerbeau ahead of tomorrow’s service of commemoration for the war in Afghanistan at St Paul’s cathedral.

 

 

 

Plus: Why is everybody getting obsessed about 2%?

 

 

 

And taking the war against IS personally – why former British soldiers want some of the action.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair interview with Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

Professor Malcolm Chalmers who is RUSI’s Director of UK defence policy studies, discussing Britain’s 2% contribution of GCP to NATO.

 

 

 

Simon Marks reporting on Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visit to Washington this week.

 

 

 

Two former Army officers, Tony Harris and James Banks, debate why former soldiers are heading off to fight IS.

 

 

 

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

 

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05/03/2015

Sitrep March 5th 2015 

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27/02/2015

Sitrep February 27th 2015 

British Troops for Ukraine as Putin’s ships stand off Cyprus.

 

 

 

Why a Tory big beast is saying hands off the MoD budget.

 

 

 

Jihadi John revealed as Washington pulls off his mask.

 

 

 

Could a new Sikh Regiment in the British Army become a reality?

 

 

 

And women on the front line – we find out how the Danes do it.

 

 

 

"And for a cheeky bit of Sitrep Extra check out the BFBS Radio Facebook Page..."?

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee, and historian and strategic analyst Dr Eric Grove

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

Victoria Cross award discussion

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Sir Richard Ottaway talking to BFBS reporter  James Hirst about Russia/Ukraine.

 

 

 

BFBS reporter  Emma Nelson special report on the role of women in the Danish Army.

 

 

 

Sikhs in the British Army Tom Tugendhat  who has served as the

 

 

 

Tom Tugendhat, the former military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Richards, discussing the idea of Sikh regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

19/02/2015

Sitrep February 19th 2015 

Why the Defence Secretary is urging NATO to be ready for any Russian aggression in the Baltic States.

 

 

 

How is the Ukraine ceasefire holding up?

 

 

 

How should Libya deal with Islamic militants?

 

 

 

Are British troops winning in the fight against Ebola in West Africa?

 

 

 

And what was it like to live in Kabul at the height of the war in Afghanistan?

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

Michael Bociurkiw  (Bossuhrkyoo) is spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 

 

 

 

Oliver Miles, the former British Ambassador to Libya.

 

 

 

BFBS reporter Charlotte Cross on the Defence Secretary’s visit to Sierra Leone

 

 

 

Heidi Kingstone, author of Despatches from the Kabul Café.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

 

 

 

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17/02/2015

Sitrep February 12th 2015 

 
 

There’s a ceasefire in Ukraine - but how long will the guns stay silent?
 
In Syria President Assad talks but what's he actually saying?
 
Why do the media still get the reporting of veterans’ mental health so wrong?
 
And why is it so hard to get support if you're a former service person in Northern Ireland?
 

 
 

 
 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Tim Cooper
 

 
 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,
 

 
 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
From Moscow, the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall
 

 
 

The Archbiship of Irbil, Bashar Warda interview with James Hirst about the Islamic State
 

 
 

Professor Nicola Fear on Veterans’ mental health conference from Kings Centre for Military Health Research have been discussing exactly this...
 

 
 

 

 

Former soldier Doug Beattie and now a UUP Councillor in Northern Ireland, discusses problems with veterans’ welfare in Northern Ireland.

05/02/2015

Sitrep February 5th 2015 

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29/01/2015

Sitrep January 29th 2015 

(First broadcast on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 4.30pm)

 

 

 

 

 

Is Moscow playing a game of Russian roulette in international affairs?

 

 

 

What are the recruitment challenges for the UK military?

 

 

 

Why is the MOD spending 30 million on an upgrade to armoured vehicles?

 

 

 

Find out what HMS Kent is doing in the Indian Ocean.

 

 

 

And the thoughts and memories of the former Royal Naval pilot – who witnessed the Nazi cruelty at a Second World War concentration camp.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

RUSSIA/UKRAINE /EU/NATO

 

Doctor Andrew Foxall, Director of Russia Studies at the think tank the Henry Jackson Society

 

 

 

Air Vice Marshall Mike Harwood discussing manpower

 

 

 

 

 

Defence equipment minister Philip Dunne speaking to BFBS

 

reporter Will Inglis about  d the UK's armoured vehicles .

 

 

 

HMS Kent’s Captain, Commander Andrew Block, discussing the ship’s counter-piracy operations.

 

 

 

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY.

 

Former British serviceman Eric Winkle Brown speaking to Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

 

 

 

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22/01/2015

Sitrep January 22nd 2015 

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15/01/2015

Sitrep January 15th 2015 

(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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

 

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08/01/2015

Sitrep January 8th 2015 

How British intelligence can help the French capture the Charlie Hebdo (pro: Heb-doh) assassins.
 
Why the US Airforce is pulling out of Mildenhall.
 
Russia rethinks how to use its military, so do we need to rethink ours?
 
Can the Reserve Forces increase their numbers in 2015?
 
Australian Historian Peter Fitzsimons (pro: Fitz Simons as in boys name) discusses his new book “Gallipoli”.
 
PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUESTS: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee,

 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with former Lib Dem leader Sir Ming Campbell who sits on the intelligence and security committee
 
BFBS reporter Tim Cooper speaks to  the former first Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West about Russia’s new military doctrine.
 
Julian Brazier ,Minister for the Reserves, discusses recruiting issues
 
Australian Historian Peter Fitzsimons discusses his new book “Gallipoli”.
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18/12/2014

Sitrep December 18th 2014 

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.

12/12/2014

Sitrep December 11th 2014 

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04/12/2014

Sitrep December 4th 2014 

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27/11/2014

Sitrep November 27th 2014 

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20/11/2014

Sitrep November 20th 2014 

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13/11/2014

Sitrep November 13th 2014 

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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07/11/2014

Sitrep November 6th 2014 

Are technology companies trailing in the wake of cyber terrorists?

 

 

 

The American diplomatic who says the US/UK relationship really is “special”

 

 

 

Plus, what lessons can we learn from the Western Front?

 

 

 

And 25 years, the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTER THIS WEEK : Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee & former

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

 

 

The former director of GCHQ, Professor Sir David Omand.

 

 

 

The American Ambassador to London, Matthew Barzun

 

 

 

 

 

BFBS presenter, Steve Britton.

31/10/2014

Sitrep October 30th 2014 

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23/10/2014

Sitrep October 23rd 2014 

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16/10/2014

Sitrep October 16th 2014 

British troops are on their way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola but is the world’s reaction too little, too late?

 

 

 

The Former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Richards talks tough on spending.

 

 

 

The Army prepares for Exercise Black Eagle in Poland.

 

                                                                                     

 

And, the North Korean leader is back in action in North Korea…or is he?

 

 

 

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PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau

 

 

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS: 

 

 

 

BBC’s Mark Doyle from the Ghanaian capital Accra, discussing the Ebola crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

BFBS reporter Tim Cooper reporting from RFA Argus before it departs for Africa.

 

 

 

Exercise Black Eagle with BFBS reporter Rob Olver

 

 

 

Former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Lord Richards speaking about Ebola, IS and defence spending.

 

 

 

Korean expert Andrea Berger from RUSI

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

 

 

 

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10/10/2014

Sitrep October 9th 2014 

(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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06/10/2014

Sitrep October 2nd 2014 

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26/09/2014

Sitrep September 25th 2014 

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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19/09/2014

Sitrep September 18th 2014 

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

 

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 Sky Channel 0211

 

 

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11/09/2014

Sitrep September 11th 2014 

Find out how America’s going to deal with Islamic State and is Britain likely to join in?
 
It’s one week until Scotland votes Yes or No, Sitrep answers YOUR questions about the big day.
 
Plus: the latest phase in the British Army’s First World War commemorations
 
And it’s Game On for Invictus
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PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Director General of the Royal United Services Institute, Professor Michael Clarke discussing IS and Scotland.
 
Dr Colin Fleming, who’s a Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh
 
BFBS reporter Steve Britton with the British Army in France as they continue to commemorate the First World War.
 
Royal Marine Cassidy Little at the Invictus Games.
 
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04/09/2014

Sitrep September 4th 2014 

(First broadcast on Thursday 4th September 2014 at 4.30pm on BFBS Radio 2)

**PAULA MIDDLEHURST IN FOR KATE GERBEAU THIS WEEK**
 
 
As NATO gathers in Wales for its most important summit in decades Sitrep looks at the main issues on the agenda; what can  Nato do to help solve the Ukraine-Russia crisis and how will the Alliance react to the global threat posed by Islamic State? And, are our leaders up to the challenge?
Find out in this week’s/today’s Sitrep; with analysis & reports throughout the programme.
 
PRESENTER: Paula Middlehurst,
 
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst at the Nato summit in Wales, and
Bridget Kendall, the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent also at the Nato summit, discussing Russia-Ukraine.
 
BFBS reporter Tim Cooper speaking to Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to Washington
 
Sir Tony Brenton, former ambassador to Moscow talking to James Hirst.
 
Former Ambassador to Syria Sir Andrew Green discussing the Middle East and IS.
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28/08/2014

Sitrep August 28th 2014 

(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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21/08/2014

Sitrep August 21st 2014 

Is the Islamic State about to kill another hostage and is there anything the United State and the UK can do about it?
 
What’s the current role of the RAF’s Tornado Squadron in Iraq?
 
And are Nigeria’s Islamist terrorists potential targets for the RAF?
 
Plus, NATO leaders are preparing for their summit next month – but is modern terrorism tearing up their plans in front of them?
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee and Major General Julian Thompson who commanded 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War. 
 
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Simon Marks from feature Story News in Washington discussing US public opinion and President Obama’s position.
 
Professor Paul Rogers, from the Department for Peace Studies at Bradford University, discussing the crisis in Middle East and previewing Nato conference in Wales, in Septembe.
 
BFBS reporter Geoff Meade speaking to Group Captain Harvey Smith, The Commanding Officer at RAF Marham, about the role of the GR4 Tornado Squadron in Iraq.
 
 
 
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17/08/2014

Sitrep August 14th 2014 

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07/08/2014

Sitrep August 7th 2014 

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.

 

 

 

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31/07/2014

Sitrep July 31st 2014 

(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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24/07/2014

Sitrep July 24th 2014 

The Ukraine air disaster….how will the world react?

 

 

 

What will it take to bring about  a cease-fire in Gaza?

 

 

 

Why are Muslims under represented in the Armed Forces?  The Defence Secretary tells Sitrep he wants to boost numbers.

 

 

 

And…a fond farewell to HMS Illustrious as she sails home…for the last time.

 

 

 

PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau 

 

 

 

STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee 

 

 

 

OTHER INTERVIEWS:  

 

 

 

Professor Paul Rogers, from the Department for Peace Studies at Bradford University discussing the Ukraine air disaster as well as the  Israel/ Gaza security situation.

 

 

 

BFBS reporter Charlotte Cross, reporting from the launch of the first Armed Forces Muslim Forum

 

 

 

Mike Critchley, the publisher of Warships World magazine discussing HMS Illustrious’ history in Service

 

 

 

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18/07/2014

Sitrep July 17th 2014 

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10/07/2014

Sitrep July 10th 2014 

Do British Airports really face terrorist attacks and will the switch on policy really work?
 
Find out why MI6 wants to see your emails and text messages.
 
A British General says NATO must boost defences against Russia – but the defence secretary says no way.
 
And why Headley Court is moving South to a new home.
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI’s Director of UK defence policy, discussing the RAF and air power.
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst speaking to Surgeon General for the Defence medical Services – Air Marshall Paul Evans.
 
Brigadier Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers' Charity, talking about Headley Court’s new location.
 

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03/07/2014

Sitrep July 3rd 2014 

If the Middle East is the biggest current threat to world stability, what will we be worrying about in 30 years?
 
It’s Navy week on Sitrep and the First Sea Lord tells the Government one carrier isn’t enough, give us two and we’ll do the job.
 
And find out why the new Carrier’s being named with a bottle of Whiskey…
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
 
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee and Eric Grove, Professor of Naval History and fellow in security studies at  Liverpool Hope University
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
Admiral Lord West former first First Sea Lord discussing Naval power with BFBS reporter James Hirst
 
BFBS reporter Ali Gibson takes a look on board the new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
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27/06/2014

Sitrep June 26th 2014 

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
 
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19/06/2014

Sitrep June 19th 2014 

In this week's programme....(19 June)
 
Iraq wants military help from America – but will they get it and what will it achieve?
 
Sitrep speaks to the former head of the British Army General Sir Mike Jackson about Britain’s legacy in Iraq.
 
Why the head of NATO has said ‘no’ to more defence cuts.
 
And the art of the military tattoo.
 
PRESENTER: Kate Gerbeau
STUDIO GUEST: BFBS defence analyst Christopher Lee.
 
OTHER INTERVIEWS: 
 
Professor Paul Rogers from the Department for Peace Studies at Bradford University on Iraq, Iran and Nato
 
Former Chief of the General SGeneral Sir Mike Jackson discussing the crisis in Iraq
 
BFBS reporter James Hirst interview with The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
 
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Shervington, the Commanding Officer of 3 Para, explaining the difference between civilian tattoos and military tattoos
 
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13/06/2014

Sitrep June 12th 2014 

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05/06/2014

Sitrep June 5th 2014 

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.

30/05/2014

Sitrep May 30th 2014 

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.

23/05/2014

Sitrep May 22nd 2014 

 

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

 

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16/05/2014

Sitrep May 15th 2014 

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08/05/2014

Sitrep May 8th 2014 

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01/05/2014

Sitrep May 1st 2014 

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24/04/2014

Sitrep April 24th 2014 

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17/04/2014

Sitrep April 17th 2014 

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10/04/2014

Sitrep April 10th 2014 

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27/03/2014

Sitrep March 27th 2014 

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20/03/2014

Sitrep March 20th 2014 

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13/03/2014

Sitrep March 13th 2014 

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27/02/2014

Sitrep February 27th 2014 

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20/02/2014

Sitrep February 20th 2014 

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13/02/2014

Sitrep February 13th 2014 

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06/02/2014

Sitrep February 6th 2014 

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30/01/2014

Sitrep January 30th 2014 

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./

23/01/2014

Sitrep January 23rd 2014 

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

16/01/2014

Sitrep January 16th 2014 

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

 

 

09/01/2014

Sitrep 9th January 2014 

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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20/12/2013

Sitrep December 19th 2013 

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

13/12/2013

Sitrep December 12th 2013 

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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05/12/2013

Sitrep December 5th 2013 

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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28/11/2013

Sitrep November 28th 2013 

 

 

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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21/11/2013

Sitrep November 21st 2013 

 

 

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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14/11/2013

Sitrep November 14th 2013 

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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07/11/2013

Sitrep November 7th 2013 

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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01/11/2013

Sitrep October 31st 2013 

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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24/10/2013

Sitrep October 24th 2013 

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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17/10/2013

Sitrep October 17th 2013 

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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10/10/2013

Sitrep October 10th 2013 

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.

 

03/10/2013

Sitrep October 3rd 2013 

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".

27/09/2013

Sitrep September 26th 2013 

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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19/09/2013

Sitrep September 19th 2013 

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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12/09/2013

Sitrep September 12th 2013 

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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05/09/2013

Sitrep September 5th 2013 

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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29/08/2013

Sitrep August 29th 2013 

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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22/08/2013

Sitrep August 22nd 2013 

 

 

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.

15/08/2013

Sitrep August 15th 2013 

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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08/08/2013

Sitrep August 8th 2013 

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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01/08/2013

Sitrep August 1st 2013 

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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25/07/2013

Sitrep July 25th 2013 

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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18/07/2013

Sitrep July 18th 2013 

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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11/07/2013

Sitrep July 11th 2013 

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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04/07/2013

Sitrep July 4th 2013 

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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27/06/2013

Sitrep June 27th 2013 

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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20/06/2013

Sitrep June 20th 2013 

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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>>> Mary Wilton 13/06/2013 14:57 >>>

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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20/06/2013

Sitrep June 6th 2013 

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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13/06/2013

Sitrep June 13th 2013 

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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30/05/2013

Sitrep May 30th 2013 

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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23/05/2013

Sitrep May 23rd 2013 

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
 
 
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16/05/2013

Sitrep May 16th 2013 

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.
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09/05/2013

Sitrep May 9th 2013 

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…

 

 

 

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02/05/2013

Sitrep May 2nd 2013 

Ten years on how influential are the Taliban in Afghanistan?