SERIES 02

How to train a Military

How do you train the optimal military force for the wars to come? Learning, education, training and simulation are all tackled as priorities in this podcast as a series of interviews with experts who think about military training. A lot.

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Military training budgets are getting hot in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Holding big live exercises is expensive....

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Former UK Chief of Defence Staff General David Richards talks to Peter Roberts about how important training is in...

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  • David Richards

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When militaries started using simulators back in the 1930s, live training remained the priority. Things have reversed...

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  • Charles Krulak

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You can train a military as much as you want, but if you are not training the right skills for the coming fight, it is...

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  • Dr Aimée Fox

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After their experience in Vietnam, the US military actively pursued thinking about warfare in different ways – and...

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  • Heather Venable

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Teacher training includes education processes, systems, human behaviours and methods of engagement with students. That...

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  • Kate Heatton

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Peter talks to Professor Jim Storr about the use of simulators in the British military since the 1980s. Why and how...

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  • Jim Storr

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As simulators have taken an increasingly prominent role in military training since the 1980s, their complexity – and...

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  • Alan Roan

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The capability of a military force is often measured by the equipment it operates. If a cursory examination of combat...

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  • Tess Butler

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Different cultures conduct military training and education in very different ways. The Israeli Defence Force might be...

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The best training many of us experienced has always taken us outside of our comfort zone. For military forces this is...

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SEASON 1 / EP.13
Fighting and Debating
Good wartime commanders are very different to those who excel in peace. How do we educate and train people for both...

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  • Emilie Claret

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The best tank on the battlefield is determined by the best crew inside it, not the best...

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  • Kate Heaton

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SEASON 1 / EP.15
So What Did We Learn?
This first series of this podcast on military training has taken us from World War One to modern day combat operations,...

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For decades, navies have crewed the ship ‘cos the ship fights (the people – apparently – didn’t). According to...

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  • RAdm Jude Terry

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Commercial arrangements with providers of military training are usually transactional: most will have experienced how...

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  • David Hook

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On any modern battlefield, the people you want most in a fight – be it in urban terrain or facing a determined...

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  • Brigadier Caroline Woodbridge-Lewin

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The CWC provides junior officers with the skills they need to plan and execute operations at the Battlegroup to Brigade...

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  • Major Vicky Fraser

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SEASON 2 / EP.5
The Engine
Everyone seems to be talking about technology as the engine of future training but sometimes that drives a conversation...

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  • Mark Holland

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In this episode we go back down to Warminster – for the second of a series of interviews with the staff of the...

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  • Mark Hawthorne

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In 2023, a report by the Royal United Services Institute on military training didn't make headlines. And that's a shame...

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  • Pat Hinton

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SEASON 2 / EP.9
CWC – The Directing Staff
The Captain's Warfare Course in Warminster delivers the key skills to the people expected to execute 'the fight' in the...

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  • Rhys Pogson-Hughes-Emanuel

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