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Previously published reports and articles with continued relevance

Archive: Whither the Defence Industry?

The state of the "defence-related" industry is terrible and it's getting worse. The question of whether there will still be a defence...

Archive: Doing the “Petronius Arbiter”

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The SA National Defence force is currently in the midst of yet another re-organisation and yet the talk is about deployments at...

Archive:Africa: The last great untapped defence market

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Africa is the last great untapped defence market. By the end of this decade Africa plans to have a multi-brigade United Nations-style...

Archive: Military Engineers — Masters of Mobility

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The military engineer is arguably the most under-rated individual on the battlefield. Yet military engineers have been leaders in innovation in the...

Archive: SANDF at 10: An assessment

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The SA National Defence Force is fast approaching the tenth anniversary of its founding on April 27, 1994. Although ten-year reviews are...

Archive: Building a new SANDF soldier by sailor by airman

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The central thesis is that the SA National Defence Force will have to solve its staff problems before it can begin to...

Archive: February 2004 address to ENSP

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Seldom in the conduct of human affairs have two groups been more predisposed to misunderstand each other than the military and journalists....

Archive: Hocus Pocus with TOE

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Much intellectual capital has been expended on divining the perfect organigram and equipment fit of units, battalion/regiment and below. Most proponents go into...

Archive: Army underfunded

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The Army is so under-funded that it no longer fields a combat-ready parachute capability. This has emerged from a recent briefing to...

Archive: SA’s third democratic election comes and goes, no policy changes expected

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South Africa's third democratic, nonracial election since 1994 has come and gone, leaving in its wake little but speculation on who will...

COMPANY NEWS

Check before you speak, Minister!

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South African Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to verify her facts before she speaks, or risk further embarrassment to the South...