Military institutions and militarised cultures seek to generate a unity of people and purpose. Initiation rituals have been a historically stable strategy to achieve this.
After the Somme the British army was supplied with vastly more firepower than before. This would decide the course of this war.
Worried that a shortage of language speakers could be a security risk, the army now gives soldiers cash incentives to learn them.
Unpicking the gap between rhetoric and reality.
The country's actual offensive cyber capabilities remain shrouded in the classified world. But what is public is enough to discuss potential cyber weapons and how they might be used.
Grand plans designed to reduce reliance on oil will struggle to create an economy which helps all the Kingdom's subjects.
It's time to challenge the misconceptions plaguing veterans.
A retired major general and judge advocate considers the legalities of Trump's bombastic anti-ISIS talk.
Drones are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, but this raises some issues around privacy and regulation.
Asking 'Have you served in the military?' may seem like a minor issue, but it's actually much more important than you might think. And it's a question that few doctors make a point of asking.
Across the world, debates have emerged around the extent to which the legislative branch should be involved in – and even have the final say on – authorisation of military deployment.
David Cameron talks like he can change the fight against Islamic State. But Britain's international role has been dwindling for years.
British chief of defence staff did cross the line when discussing the nuclear option.
Assembled at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq's army has never amounted to much – and it's not the first foreign-built military to fail so spectacularly.
An often ignored political role devised in 1571 tells you all you need to know about who will benefit as new power plants are built.
The Chancellor has to face some hard scrutiny of a deal which would look like a communist coup under a Labour PM.
The impact that the system of conscription had on the roughly 600,000 white men who became both pawns and agents of the apartheid state has seldom been publicly acknowledged.
The single most consistent attribute of American voters is their dislike and distrust of politicians. Trump is playing on this sentiment.
From the UK, to Canada, Australia and the states – our opinions about the military are usually wrong.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.