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Pioneering a dystopian future

Many of the world's largest arms companies are involved in providing education and careers activities for young visitors at the UK's largest airshows. The same companies that are supplying weapons and military jets to Saudi Arabia for their war in Yemen.

The Military-Entertainment Complex

With the new Top Gun movie hitting British cinemas at the end of last month, our chief blog writer Joe Glenton reflects on the war films of his childhood and the recruitment potential of military sponsored entertainment.

The Qatari Connection

The military relationship between Qatar and the UK has a number of unique and interesting features. We took a look at how the two countries have become increasingly intertwined on matters of war, security and trade.

Thinking through ‘Lethal Aid’

With Britain, the U.S and other NATO countries sending weapons to Ukraine following Russia's brutal invasion we took a step back to analyse the implications of lethal aid.

War & memory

ForcesWatch podcast series 3

Series Three of the Warrior Nation podcast explores the role memory plays in the experience and remembrance of war. In each episode we will unpick the multifarious ways conflict is etched onto the collective and individual psyche, and the role played by the armed forces and government in the process.

A film about militarism and the battle for the hearts and minds of young people in the UK. The film follows the stories of Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK, and Quaker activist Sam Walton, and features the work of ForcesWatch and partner organisations.

See here for screenings and how to organise one. See war.school.

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June 2022: Unpacking Armed Forces Day

In this special episode of Warrior Nation, Joe is joined by Dr Ross McGarry to discuss the deeper and varied meanings behind Armed Forces Day

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Should the armed forces encourage young people to interact with weapons and military vehicles?  We explore why this is happening and how can it be challenged?

Important thread on under 18's experience of sexual abuse/assault in the UK military. Last year saw a record number of incidents reported.

Thank-you to those who came forward and to @LaraWhyte and @CRINwire for reporting.

The Army Foundation College is not safe for young people

More on MoD waste in this excellent @gdnlongread by @holly_watt on the sale of armed forces accommodation to Annington Homes. Not the first time government outsourcing has lost the tax-payer huge sums of money.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/apr/25/mod-privatise-military-housing-disaster-guy-hands

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