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Stuart Crawford was a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment for twenty years, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. Crawford attended both the British and US staff colleges and undertook a Defence Fellowship at Glasgow University. He now works as a political, defence and security consultant and is a regular commentator on military and defence topics in print, broadcast and online media.

Macro Lessons from the war in Ukraine

In this article, former Royal Tank Regiment officer Stuart Crawford argues that it is not too late for the UK to reverse cuts to the armed forces but the time to start doing so is now.

Lessons from Ukraine for future UK Armoured Operations

If the UK’s three tank regiments with their fifty or so tanks apiece were committed at the same time, they might last a week at best before becoming combat ineffective argues Stuart Crawford.

The age of the tank is not yet over

Forecasting the end of the Main Battle Tank is presumptuous argues Stuart Crawford.

COVID19 – A timely warning on the threat of biological terrorism

COVID-19 has been our wake up call that the UK has no effective defence against biological terrorism.

Goodbye to the Royal Scots Borderers

The demise of the The Royal Scots Borderers, known as 1 SCOTS, has been given relatively little publicity.

Memories of BATUS

The news that the bulk of the British Army is leaving BATUS has brought a wave of nostalgia to a certain generation of BAOR warriors.

The British Army is in big trouble

News that Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace has summonsed the Army Board for a "dressing down" hit the media this week. 

The Military and the Media

Former Royal Tank Regiment officer Stuart Crawford argues that it is time to stop seeing the media as the enemy and regard them more as friendly forces.

The British Army doesn’t make much sense anymore

Whatever has happened to "defeat the enemy"?

The MoD was offered Leopard 2 tanks on lease

With Challenger 3, Stuart Crawford argues that the UK has relegated its self to the role of an off-the-shelf customer.