The Armed Forces Bill: lost opportunities and some dubious proposals

The Armed Forces Bill proposes important changes to the military justice system and will make civil society obligations under the Armed Forces Covenant a legal duty. We look at these and other matters of interest that have come up...

The Integrated Review: enmeshing and strengthening the military

The government’s new defence and foreign policy review prioritises military thinking and interests at the expense of other international approaches and vital human security goals. Here we look at some of the Review's key elements and the...

A tough year but business as usual

‘Tough year’ doesn't quite capture the extent to which our lives have been shaped by crises in 2020. Militarism, however, has not been locked down. Here is some of what we have been keeping an eye on this year...

Creating barriers to justice

We take a look at the extensive criticism that the controversial Overseas Operations Bill is gathering as it makes its way through Parliament and how, without serious challenge, this self interested legislation will create barriers to justice...

Demilitarise the 2021 census

The contract for processing forms for the UK census, taking place on 21 March, has been put in the hands of Leidos, one of the world’s largest military companies.

For the 2011 UK census, this contract was awarded to the US arms company Lockheed Martin, leading to quite a lot of protest, including by the ‘Count Me Out’ network. That part of Lockheed Martin was sold off to Leidos in 2016 who are listed by SIPRI as the 19th largest arms and military services company in the world.

Peace News have compiled background info and some ideas for what you can do about it.

A new film about recent 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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The Warrior Nation podcast

Dec 2020: In a new episode of our Warrior Nation podcast, Joe Glenton is joined by Phil Miller, staff reporter at Declassified UK and author of 'Keenie Meenie: The British mercenaries who got away with war crimes', for a wide ranging discussion on defence journalism and coverage of the UK military in the media.

See details of all episodes.

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?

A positive development for what is objectively a very dangerous, regressive piece of legislation.


#Mercer's resignation statement is misleading.
1) UK veterans are almost never prosecuted for war-related crimes.
2) The #OverseasOperationsBill makes prosecutions even less likely.
3) But it seems Mercer won't be happy until there's a law against ever prosecuting any veteran. https://twitter.com/JohnnyMercerUK/status/1384572401179144193

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