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Western publics are usually supposed to admire their military forces. This admiration may not be as strong as is often supposed, and it certainly doesn’t extend to military campaigns.

“Shady Lady” (2012): a brilliant low-key movie

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / On movies on 25 January 2014. No comments.

This summer, I saw Shady Lady: Mission accomplished… running on empty at the Chichester Film Festival and thought it marvellous. I nabbed a DVD of the film on my way out, and some others from Fact Not Fiction Films, and settled on a stormy British winter afternoon to be transported to 1943 and the longest range bombing mission ever then attempted, from Darwin, to  Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo, 1300 miles away. More »

“The Railway Man”: Oddly unconvincing

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / Mind & body / On movies on 17 January 2014. No comments.

Most middle-aged people with any sense of history have had plenty of opportunities to try to get to grips with the horrors of the Japanese exploitation of their prisoners of war. On the face of it, the extraordinary real-life story of Eric Lomax’s journey from victim to forgiveness would have made a wonderful film. But it hasn’t, I think…. More »

RDN at BCS digital access debate

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / Mind & body / Politics & campaigns on 8 November 2011. No comments.

The British Computer Society asked me to be one of two responders at a debate dinner featuring Trevor Phillips of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (7 November 2011).

The question was: will it be possible for someone to be a full citizen without digital access? More »

Rory Stewart’s Occupational Hazards

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / Politics & campaigns on 9 October 2010. No comments.

Better late than never, I read this memoir which is destined to be a classic, surely. More »

Doug Beattie’s fine “An Ordinary Soldier”

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / On books on 18 August 2010. One comment.

A little late, I know, I picked this book up whilst hanging around to see a movie. It might have been The Hurt Locker or The Ghost, and either is relevant. More »

The Hurt Locker: Gritty, sure. But realistic?

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / On movies on 8 March 2010. 2 comments.

The courage of EOD – bomb disposal – staff is well worth celebrating and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker does it brilliantly. Still, this is perhaps not all that accurate an account of the trade. More »

A New Military Covenant: The 21st century warrior?

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / Politics & campaigns on 2 March 2010. No comments.

The British military tradition is real, but it is up for grabs. Here is my account of a British military which becomes large, clever,  multi-purpose, and is deployed worldwide. Along the way, it becomes more commercial, more part-time and more argumentative. More »

Top reads of 2009

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant on 24 January 2010. No comments.

I keep meaning to try to do justice to the books I read.  Here is a list of some of the things which rocked my world in 2009. More »

The costs of modern war: where are the numbers?

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant on 15 November 2009. No comments.

Body-counts and other metrics about casualties aren’t everything by a long shot, but we need to find ways to think about the computable “costs of war”. That will contribute to an assessment of its moral dimensions. So far, I’m finding the numbers hard to find, let alone think about. More »

The British and their military

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant on 15 November 2009. No comments.

The British military tradition is real, but it is up for grabs. Here are some thoughts about modern trends. More »

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