Defence Management Review Issue 1

In this latest edition of Defence Management Review there is a focus on the ever-evolving security threat of terrorism, as recent ‘lone wolf’ attacks from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ extremist group have shown how real the threat is. This publication covers the challenges that Europe currently faces in trying to adapt to this ongoing threat.

Defence Management Review – Issue 1 is introduced by Magnus Nordenman, the director of Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council, who outlines how Europe currently faces the worst security situation since the end of the Cold War.

What are the current defence strategies?

  • The Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of National Defence, Bartosz Kownacki, explains to Defence Management Review the technical modernisation of the country’s armed forces;
  • Colonel Hans Dirk Kompel, head of directorate logistics at the German Army Headquarters, details the efforts and wide-ranging responsibilities of the military’s logistics organisations; and
  • The father of digital camouflage and former US Army officer Lt Col Timothy R O’Neil emphasises the multiple factors that need to be considered when designing camouflage.

What is being done to prevent nuclear attacks?

  • Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, outlines how the organisation is at the front line of combatting chemical terrorism; and
  • The outgoing head of INTERPOL’s radiological nuclear terrorism prevention unit, Alan King, provides an insight into the organisation’s efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism.

What is Europe’s stance on counter terrorism?

  • Head of the European Counter Terrorism Centre, Manuel Navarette Paniagua, discusses the organisation’s key priorities as it helps to tackle Europe’s terrorist threat, following the terror attacks in Paris, France;
  • Former FBI investigator Eric O’Neill outlines the crucial bilateral relationship between the US and Europe helping to tackle terrorist threats;
  • Gillian Brunton at the Handa Centre for the study of terrorism and political violence introduces the groundbreaking, distance-learning, postgraduate programme in terrorism and political violence.