No such thing as a quick fix: the aspiration-capabilities gap in British remote warfare

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This report by the Oxford Research Group’s Remote Warfare Programme investigates why the current gap between aspirations and activities contributes to risk of preventing British military activity to be sufficiently integrated in an overarching political strategy. The authors seek to evaluate the gaps between modern warfare strategies and activities in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The report is divided into two main sections. The first half of the report analyses the post-Iraq changes to the internal decision making structure and system of external oversight in the UK. The latter part of the report looks at the long-term prognosis for stability and the strategic coherence of current military operations, focusing on the anti IS coalition in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

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