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‘Mounting offshore operations using the reserve forces and how it impacted on homeland defence and security- the United Kingdom experience.

Thomson, John R (2004) ‘Mounting offshore operations using the reserve forces and how it impacted on homeland defence and security- the United Kingdom experience. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 7 (2). ISSN 1488-559X

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This short paper attempts to reflect on the UK experience of mounting offshore operations using the Reserve Forces in support of regular forces and its impact on homeland defence and security. The topic area is by definition both diverse by its nature and complex in its delivery. There is no right answer to the question of how to maximise the utility or value of a country’s Reserve Forces but there is recent evidence within some countries that they have remained an unclaimed treasure or a hidden resource. Their value as a ‘reserve of last resort’ was accepted albeit reluctantly in some countries whereas today they are becoming increasingly important to the sustainment of enduring operations around the world and as such, a ‘reserve of choice’. A recent meeting of the senior Army Reserve Officers of the ABCA countries concluded that all 5 nations faced similar issues, challenges, opportunities and threats for their Reserve Forces. The delivery of sustainable military capability from the reserves in support of ongoing worldwide operations and homeland defence and security would require new and innovative approaches by the military to guarantee the continued support and commitment of all the relevant stakeholders. In this paper, the author can only skim the surface of this important topic but in doing so he will attempt to highlight by example some of the lessons learned in the United Kingdom.


Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1488-559X
Uncontrolled Keywords: Offshore operations; Reserve Forces; homeland defence; security;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 350 Public administration & military science
Library of Congress Subjects: U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Item ID: 5000
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 11:46
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 13:16
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5000

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