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Award winning Sitrep brings you discussion and analysis on defence, foreign policy and the stories affecting the British Forces.
Presented by Kate Gerbeau.

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Award winning Sitrep brings you discussion and analysis on defence, foreign policy and the stories affecting the British Forces.
Presented by Kate Gerbeau.

    Afghanistan one year on

    Afghanistan one year on

    12 months since the Taliban swept back into power BFBS Sitrep assesses what the return of the militants has meant for our security, the people of Afghanistan, and those who had worked for Britain but could not escape.

    Despite Taliban promises not to shelter international terrorists the head of Al Qaeda was found in Kabul, and killed last week by the US, so does Afghanistan pose a threat to the UK once more?

    We hear from Lynne O’Donnell, who has reported from Afghanistan across more than 2 decades, about life in the country now and being taken at gunpoint by Taliban officials.

    And the government says hundreds of people, including former interpreters, approved to come to the UK are still in Afghanistan. We talk to a former Army officer who’s been trying to get people to safety.

    • 31 min
    EXTRA – Detained by the Taliban

    EXTRA – Detained by the Taliban

    Journalist Lynne O’Donnell gives us a rare first-hand insight into how the Taliban is operating in Afghanistan.

    That insight has come at a cost, her life threatened as she was detained by officials, despite entering Afghanistan with a media visa.

    She tells BFBS Sitrep how it was deeply frightening and yet ‘darkly satirical’, revealing incompetence and chaos.

    • 17 min
    China conducts live fire military exercises off Taiwan.

    China conducts live fire military exercises off Taiwan.

    China says it will punish those who offend it as it launches live fire military drills off the coast of Taiwan. Sitrep looks at China’s tactics and how the United States is responding.  
    What role are cyber attacks playing in the war in Ukraine? And what are the lessons for the UK? Sitrep speaks to the former head of the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, who also discusses the difference between Russian and Chinese cyber capabilities.
    And Sitrep has a tour aboard the Royal Navy’s unique testbed ship which is designed to support trials of the latest tech and autonomous systems.

    • 29 min
    China or Russia – which is the bigger military threat?

    China or Russia – which is the bigger military threat?

    China has just overtaken counter-terrorism as the biggest effort inside MI6, and the head of the Royal Navy says China is a bigger long term threat than Russia.
    BFBS Sitrep examines a list of top level warnings issued this week about the risk of conflict with China, and asks if Ukraine has taken our eye off the ball.
    As Ukraine tries to retake the port city of Kherson we talk to an MP who’s just visited the country.
    And a year after he quit the government over the treatment of Northern Ireland veterans, Johnny Mercer tells us why he’s returned as Veterans Minister.

    • 29 min
    EXTRA: ‘The world has changed’

    EXTRA: ‘The world has changed’

    In less than a year war has broken out in Europe, and Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban.
    MPs say that means the UK’s new defence masterplan is already out of date, leaving British forces overstretched, vulnerable and too small.
    They Ministry of Defence says it will continue to adapt strategy, but the Commons Defence Committee wants a major update to the plan now.
    The committee’s chairman, Tobias Ellwood MP, talks to James Hirst about the impact on service personnel, his recent visit to Ukraine, and whether it’s the threats or our perceptions that have changed.

    • 16 min
    Britain’s next fighter jet – science fiction, or flying fact?

    Britain’s next fighter jet – science fiction, or flying fact?

    Scientists have spent years researching concepts including laser weapons and brain sensors for a new RAF plane called ‘Tempest’.
    Now ministers want those ideas turned into a working plane in just 5 years, but is it a gamble with the UK’s air capability?
    As British service personnel are banned from buying sex overseas BFBS Sitrep hears how brothels used to be unofficial parts of UK bases abroad.
    And we follow soldiers on exercise in an abandoned tower block in Leeds, as the Ukraine war demonstrates the need for urban combat experience which the army has little of.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

M247A1 ,

Excellent programme, shame about the podcast

The Sitrep programme is excellent and I look forward to the weekly instalments as one of the highlights of my podcasting week. However, the podcast is sometimes a repeat of a previous episode or, in a recent case, a two-minute news flash rather than the programme advertised. Why does no one check this before release?

For example, 13 June 2019 episode has people talking about leaving the EU on 29 March. This is presumably a repeat of an old episode, rather than the one advertised? It’s been a couple of weeks since I heard a genuine new episode now.

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