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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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...