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‘A Call to Arms’ is a series of interviews with senior UK military leaders, exploring a range of topics relevant to defence.

Produced by the Military Sciences research group as part of its Profession of Arms programme, the project is intended to provide a resource for those wishing to understand current issues in greater detail, particularly those undergoing Professional Military Education (PME). Each episode provides an examination of a specific area of military force or capability, hearing directly from those engaged in developing policy and delivering on programmes.

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Episode 3: Mult-Domain Integration

Research Fellow Alexandra Stickings speaks to Lieutenant General Rob Magowan, Deputy Commander, Strategic Command. Lieutenant General Magowan discusses the concept of integration in Defence, how the UK approach compares to that of allies, the challenges that Defence faces in implementation, and the broader rationale for undertaking the effort.

Episode 2: Climate Change and Security

Research Fellow Alexandra Stickings speaks to Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead in the Ministry of Defence. General Nugee discusses the MoD's response to climate change threats, the "greening" of Defence, and what will be the future role of militaries in combating environmental damage and in adapting to a climate-changed security environment..

Episode 1: The UK Military in Space

In this first episode, RUSI Research Fellow Alexandra Stickings speaks to Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, Director Space in the Ministry of Defence. During the interview, AVM Smyth reflects on his first year in the role, outlines some of the key aspects UK military space policy, and discusses the role of space in the UK's international alliances and partnerships.


Peppi Vaananen
Project Officer, Military Sciences
Alexandra Stickings
Research Fellow, Space Policy and Security