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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...

Archive: Uniform reform

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The camouflage uniform has not been an unqualified success. While they certainly let the wearer "feel" more soldierly and therefore contribute to...

Archive: SANDF in large scale spring-cleaning

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Looking for previously owned arms? Armscor may have a bargain for you! The South African Department of Defence's (DOD) acquisitions (and disposals)...

Archive: Serving at whose convenience?

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   Has our Constitution, billed as among the most progressive in the world, become a license to leisure for some in the...

Archive: How long is a piece of string?

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The minutes of the Portfolio Committee on Defence (PCOD) and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) -- available to the public...

Archive: The infantry

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Although up to one in three members of the SA National Defence Force belong to the South African Infantry Corps (SAIC), not...

Archive: Artillery – The God of War

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Traditionally -- and statistically -- the artillery has been the major killer on the battlefield. Simply put, the task of the infantry...

Archive: A matter of opinion

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Opinions are a wonderful escape from reality. Germans spent most of the final years of World War Two believing they were winning...

Archive: The Air-Ground Task Force

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The case for the Air-Ground Task Force (AGTF) was made in the November 2001 edition this Journal. This article will build on...

Archive: Aerospace strategy takes wing

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A long-anticipated strategy to boost South Africa's aerospace sector the way that the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) bolstered the country's car-making...

Archive: The Willi Sanger battalion: modern-day Seydlitz troops?

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The Nationalen Volksarmee (National People's Army, NVA) of the defunct German Democratic Republic (East Germany, GDR), combined the essential elements of Prussian...

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