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Military Art & Science

Feature: South Africa’s Strategic Options

altSouth Africa faces a number of defence and security challenge and consequently needs to develop forces that provide a useful degree of security against internal and external threats. Defence analyst Helmoed Römer Heitman looks at how South Africa needs to decide its place and role in Africa and in relation to the international community, and the way it must then develop its foreign and defence policies and structure its armed forces.

Adopting an effective Arms Trade Treaty: A humanitarian imperative

In many parts of the world, weapons are easy to obtain and armed violence pervasive as a result of the poorly regulated international trade in conventional arms. Civilians continue to face the risk of being injured, killed or displaced by weapons-related violence even after an armed conflict has ended.

Stratfor: Insurgency and the Protracted War

altIn recent weeks, insurgent forces in several countries have been forced to withdraw from territories they once held. Somalia's al Shabaab, which was pushed out of Mogadishu in October 2011, was ejected from Afmadow on May 30. The group now runs the risk of losing its hold once again on the port city of Kismayo, an important logistical and financial hub for al Shabaab.

Feature: Platoon manoeuvres (corrected)

War is a social science, as is organising for it. However, it is often said the defining characteristic of the social sciences is that they are not sciences. This leaves vast space for personal opinion and debate, hopefully backed by facts or at least a cogent argument. Among these is whether the platoon should have an integral support or “weapons” section or whether support weapons should be concentrated at company level and delegated down as required.  

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