30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew... I shall never forget their sacrifice.
We are beyond the moment in history when upper echelons in government and society can award themselves an absolute right to keep decisions that are taken in the name of the people, from the people. This lesson needs to be learnt across all sections of the establishment and political life.
Of course, there is no military solution to climate change. You can't resolve it with bombs and bullets. You can only solve it by ending our usage of fossil fuels, and protecting the public from the climate change impacts already in the pipeline. That is a rather different security challenge to the one usually faced by the military. But it also makes fossil fuels and the firms lobbying for them Public Enemy Number One.
I always commemorate D-Day - I think it's important to remember, a lot of people lost their lives through this campaign. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I ever talked about this, I think back and I was lucky to get away with my life.
As we remember the D-Day invasion, it is right to honour the brave soldiers, sailors, and 3,500 airmen who sailed the Channel and stormed the beaches. But we must also remember the many thousands of airmen who bravely faced horrendous odds and took to the skies in support of D-Day.
We're just over a week away from the first anniversary of the death of Lee Rigby. The soldier, wearing a Help for Heroes hoodie, was murdered in broad...
The Admirals would be better employed to argue that issue and the dwindling Navy fleet as a whole rather than engage in counter-productive political sorties. The latter are becoming a bad habit in London: the more it catches on the narrower the gap between No and Yes in the opinion polls pre-September 18.
The ECCHR and PIL Communication to the International Court affirms this when it states that those most responsible for British War Crimes are not the soldiers but those "high ranking civilian and military officials" reluctant to prosecute. If the Communication is successful, and the ICC is forced to act, these officials may yet be held to account.
A report published by the Defence Committee has called for a review of judicial involvement in the armed services but the views of injured soldiers must now be heard to ensure any changes are fair for all.
I'm still driven by the same instincts to be better and to help develop others, but success is not defined in terms of survival anymore. It's not defined by a badge, a rank or a medal; it's about something so much more important than that, something more personal, something intangible.
Five years after the crimes were committed, the army has apologised to the family of a military policewoman who committed suicide after a coroner said that rape and bullying by other soldiers were factors in the officer's death. This case has raised concerns about how such allegations are dealt with by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
As Britain approaches the end of its combat operations in Afghanistan, the usual fanfare associated with victory in war will be notably absent. No triumphal parades, no formal surrender ceremony, and no heroic march into an enemy's capital. As Churchill wrote in 1897, "the victory must be looked for in the results."
There was a mischievous attempt before Christmas to claim payments for products and services by the Ministry of Defence are being processed late. With 20 years' business experience, I am acutely aware of the importance of maintaining an effective supply chain and the cashflow difficulties caused by the late settlement of payments, particularly to SMEs.
One of the most common myths I want to debunk is that UAS are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan. Let me be clear, the majority of civilian deaths in Afghanistan are caused by insurgents, not UAS. In over 50,000 Reaper flying hours, there has only been one single operation that resulted in the deaths of civilians.
One thing would definitely come out of the massive change that is needed, there would be a lot fewer news stories like this one. Because it is not the fact that three women got a compensation payment for injuries sustained whilst marching, it is the fact that they were treated differently to other military personnel that grabs the headlines.
It may be open and shut in the legal sense, but is not open and shut in the moral and ethical sense. The test maybe the law, but the proving ground is the battlefield. Now before you start getting all excited into thinking I am about to justify murder, wait one second and consider if you will some social mitigation.