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Trafalgar Squared is an exploration and examination of naval warfare during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. It was a time when the British Navy reached heights of brilliance unparalleled anywhere in the world under leaders like Admiral Nelson. The two powers, Great Britain and France, engaged in a near existential struggle for dominion of the world's oceans, generating a million colourful stories of heroism, fortitude, and exertion as they grappled with that ultimate t ...
 
Focusing on the defence industry, trends in military technology and the procurement programmes that get the kit into the hands of the warfighter.As well as a weekly news round-up of current events, Shephard Media’s team of international journalists and analysts take deep dives into defence issues, focusing on niche sectors of the market and look at where the trends are heading.If you work in the defence sector, have an interest in the development of defence technologies, or even if you are a ...
 
Emily Dickinson has come to be regarded as one of the quintessential poets of 19th century America. A very private poet with a very quiet and reclusive life, her poetry was published posthumously and immediately found a wide audience.While she echoed the romantic natural themes of her times, her style was much more free and irregular, causing many to criticize her and editors to “correct” her. In the early 20th century, when poetic style had become much looser, new audiences learned to appre ...
 
A Podcast brought to you by your Captain Wade and his Executive Officer Will. Here In the Drydock, it's all about ships and the humans that built and manned them to rule the waves in peace and war Questions? Comments? Critiques? Want to be a guest? Reach us at: inthedrydockpodcast@gmail.com
 
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AUKUS fallout, US eyes Wedgetail and 8x8 armoured platforms In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the team looks at the AUKUS fallout, the latest USAF interest in procuring the E-7A Wedgetail, new Czech investment in artillery systems and the worldwide market for armoured vehicles. Newsround [2:34] Thales and Schiebel have joined forces to…
 
In 2018, a retired salesman bought the 19th century Pontivy train station, located in the French region of Brittany, in order to save it from demolition. Since then, this train enthusiast has been using all his energy and savings to restore the station and preserve its history. FRANCE 24 takes you on a tour of it.…
 
This week, we bring you The Weekly Defence Podcast from the floor of DSEI 2021 in London, to delve into topics such as the future of the UK exports market and combat engineering vehicles. Newsround [00:00] The Shephard news team unpicks some of the major stories from this week from across the air, land and sea domains. Show highlights include CAE e…
 
Close to the Mediterranean Sea in southern France and not far from the Alps, the regional natural park of Sainte-Baume benefits from a unique ecosystem. Since time immemorial, humans have lived in this area. They have long enjoyed its natural riches, from its forest to its water. FRANCE 24 takes you to discover this natural oasis in the heart of th…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we report on news from the US, Germany and the Asia-Pacific region, and we also hear from Theon Sensors about the night vision market. Newsround [00:39] Aeralis has added two key partners to its integrated design team as the company works towards finalising the design before the aircraft's first flight…
 
Brought to you in partnership with Leidos On a mild summer’s day in July, a group of defence experts gathered in a central London recording studio to discuss the notion of Information Advantage. In the data-rich information age in which we live, the concept of Information Advantage has become a fundamental shift in how the armed forces prosecute wa…
 
The castle of the counts of Perche stands on a hill overlooking the French town of Nogent-le-Rotrou, in the central Eure-et-Loir department. This thousand-year-old fortress, testament to a wealth of local history, is now a museum. Through nearly 400 objects, it takes visitors on a journey through time, from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we cast an eye over the Army 2021 exhibition in Russia and speak to the UK Space Agency, to look at the country’s future operations in this growing domain. Newsround [ 1:23] The US has sealed the end of its 20-year involvement in Afghanistan on 31 August when its final aircraft took off from Kabul Airp…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we welcome to the show our Middle East correspondent to discuss the main highlights from the floor of IDEF 2021; and we talk to QinetiQ about the work the company is carrying out to provide an advantage to navies in countering swarm attacks. Newsround [01:07] The US joint forces launched multiple missi…
 
As the western evacuation from Afghanistan enters its final phase, what are the key mistakes that led to the country’s fall to the Taliban? This week, we hear from an analyst who only left Kabul as the city was being taken over — she claims the US effectively sold out the Afghan government, and encouraged the Taliban to wait out the clock. We discu…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we bring you a roundtable discussion on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan from a military angle; and, as IDEF 2021 takes place this week in Istanbul, we speak to FNSS to find out about its armoured vehicles on display. Newsround – Weekly highlights [1:26] The team highlights some of the main stories …
 
In this episode of the Weekly Defence Podcast, the team reports on the latest from the European defence industry, explores major stories from the Asia Pacific region and discusses the procurement of interoperable defence technologies in the Middle East. Newsround: [00:33] As it improves its capabilities under the Advanced Helicopter Training System…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, our news team looks into a new UK airdrop boat requirement and discusses the state of play in Turkey vis-à-vis US sanctions; we speak to our naval analyst at Shephard Defence Insight about trends in the corvette market; and our sponsor Bell sheds light on its plans for a US Army future helicopter progr…
 
The tale of the love affair between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton is one of the great true stories in history. In the first in a series of podcasts on this subject we discover that Nelson had been in love before - several times, and that his love for his wife was genuine. We learn of Emma incredibly impoverished childhood and her years of struggle …
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, sponsored by Bell, the team delves into UK and European defence industrial policy; and QinetiQ discusses integrated test and evaluation for the armed forces. Newsround [ 01:23] Airbus told Shephard exclusively on 26 July that it wants to enhance the lethality of its H145M helicopter by adding the Spike…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the team looks at all the latest news from Russia as the country unveiled a new fighter jet prototype at MAKS 2021; and in an interview with Raytheon we discuss the latest on US hypersonic technologies. Newsround [ 00:42] A preliminary virtual event took place this week in the US before the Sea-Air-Spa…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard News team looks at the latest from the Space Comm expo which took place last week in Farnborough, and assesses how space strategies are shaping up in the UK, France, Australia and the US. Newsround [01:50] New Zealand’s Defence Minister announced this week a post-Covid redraft of the count…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we focus on Swiss F-35 procurement, naval sustainment and the market for armoured vehicles in North Africa. Newsround [00:39] In Germany, the Bundeswehr is pushing ahead with an ambitious upgrade of its entire fleet of Puma IFVs as it heads towards the development of a new armoured division. In Singapor…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard news team looks at some of the highlights emerging from the latest UK National Audit Office (NAO) report on MoD procurement in the air, land and sea domains; and we talk to Bell about the progress of the V-280 Valor programme to meet US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requi…
 
Any maritime tale about the Napoleonic wars is likely to feature a frigate or a seventy four gun ship. In this episode we learn a host of fascinating facts about these two types of ships with some fascinating facts thrown in for good measure. Find out where the word 'nipper' comes from or why something might be referred to as 'copper bottomed'. The…
 
It took 17 years to build the Hermione, a perfect replica of the Marquis de La Fayette's three-masted frigate from the 18th century, on which he crossed the Atlantic to support Americans fighting for their independence. Since her launch in 2014, the ship has travelled 40,000 kilometres. For each outing at sea, the Hermione welcomes on board trainee…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard news team covers news from the simulation and training, land and sea domains; in an interview with MARSS we look at the capabilities the company is offering to Saudi Arabia, as the country shapes up its Vision 2030 policy; and our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence and Space provides an insight…
 
Just off the French coast of Normandy lies Chausey, the largest archipelago in Europe. It’s a wild and remote area, where some elderly islanders still live. But with the arrival of warmer days, the area is metamorphosed. Every day, a ferry brings thousands of visitors attracted by these picture-postcard landscapes. FRANCE 24 takes you to discover t…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we look at German defence procurement and modernisation efforts; we catch up on all the news from the Asia Pacific; and we speak to our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence and Space about the impact of digital engineering on the defence sector. Newsround [01:12] NATO's Flying Training Europe programme took a…
 
Every four years, the top bakers and pastry chefs from all five continents face off at the World Cup of Baking in Paris. Contestants from some 36 countries take part in the timed event. Each team must make different types of bread and pastries, as well as one spectacular work of art. We take you behind the scenes of this hotly contested bake-off, w…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the team looks at the latest French exports report; and, following the most recent annual Gripen seminar from Saab, we discuss interest in extra procurement from Brazil and potential trends in the region. In the second part of the show we look at the US Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) programme. News…
 
The lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau, in France's southern Provence region, are an ocean of purple-blue. This is where much of the plant's global production is grown. Many families in the region have been working with lavender for several generations. There are those who continue their activity in the traditional way and those who have opte…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we delve into the newly released US FY2022 defence budget proposal; and we speak to the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST) at Imperial College and Iceni Labs about efforts by academia and industry to support defence R&D in the UK. Newsround [01:02] At the Land Forces 2021 exhibition in…
 
Adam Preston looks at the qualities that make Nelson stand out as the foremost naval commander of his day - and one of the greatest naval commanders in all of history, by examining how he conducted himself during the great battles for which he is commemorated - and an almost completely forgotten engagement as well. If you want to know why Nelson st…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we explore the potential impact of armed UAVs on naval strategies worldwide; we bring the views of two industry experts on the impact of the Integrated Review on the British Army following the cancellation of the Warrior programme; and with our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence & Space, we discuss the incre…
 
The French island of Groix, off the coast of Brittany, is ​​the land of stern sculling, a single-oar technique used for centuries by fishermen. Although traditional fishing has disappeared today, the island continues to keep the tradition alive by organising a world stern sculling championship each year. Islanders of all generations take part and c…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we speak about the latest upsurge in the Gaza-Israel conflict and look at the capabilities fielded by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Hamas; and we catch up with Shephard’s Military Training Editor to discuss some of the latest developments in his domain. Newsround [01:07] In Russia, Rosoboronexpor…
 
It's one of the largest wildlife parks in Europe and welcomes more than one million visitors every year. Beauval Zoo, located in France's Loire Valley, is home to more than 35,000 animals and employs some 600 people to look after them and greet the public. Over the past 40 years, Beauval has also become a reference in the preservation of animal bio…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we speak to Shephard’s Asia-Pacific editor for the monthly round up of the news from his region, and in a conversation with our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence and Space we talk about developments in satellite ground systems. Newsround [00:47] Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Land officially received an £800 m…
 
How is "Fort Boyard", one of the most famous TV game shows in France, made? We give you the keys to the fort! We discover how the challenges are designed and tested. We also see how, behind the thick walls of the fort, hundreds of professionals – hosts, directors, camera operators, animal tamers, technicians, workers and decorators – have been work…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, our team of subject matter experts delves into stories from the land and air domains, and in an interview with Supacat we look at the wider impact of the Integrated Review on some key British Army programmes. Newsround [00:55] French company Dassault confirmed on 4 May a follow-on order from Egypt for …
 
We take you to discover a magnificent stately home located in France's Loire Valley. The Château of Cheverny is listed as a historical monument and it also inspired Tintin creator Hergé for the family home of Captain Haddock. One in three visitors to Cheverny comes for the world of Tintin, an important source of income. The same family has carefull…
 
Immediately after The Battle of Trafalgar, as Lord Nelson lay dead on the orlop deck of HMS Victory, the new Commander in Chief Admiral Collingwood was faced with the challenge of his career as a hurricane swept in, threatening to turn victory into catastrophe. It was days before he could even think of communicating news of what had happened - and …
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard team looks at the global MLRS market, focusing on current programmes and platform upgrades; and in an interview with the Digital Ground Forces Division of the IDF, we discuss its Tzaid programme, also known as Torch. Newsround [ 00:56] Turkish defence companies Ares Shipyard and Meteksan u…
 
In France's south-eastern Ardèche region, as winter ends, the forest slowly wakes up from its long hibernation. Spring is the time when a whole population gets busy studying, preserving and tidying up these natural spaces. Agents of the French National Forests Office replant saplings and choose the trees to be felled, volunteers redo the signage of…
 
In this episode of the Weekly Defence Podcast, we comment on Lockheed Martin’s Q1 financial results, we delve into IFV procurement in Slovakia, and we talk to Blighter Surveillance Systems about C-UAS market trends. Newsround [01:00] Just two months after Moscow agreed to extend the New START nuclear arms treaty with the US, Russia is now updating …
 
The pilots of the Patrouille de France are the undisputed masters of the air. Their planes fly at 600 kilometres an hour, just three metres apart. Every year, a new team is selected to represent the know-how and excellence of the French Air Force. But before performing across France and overseas, the pilots must spend weeks perfecting their trainin…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we talk to Aeralis to discuss the company R&D contract with the RAF for the development of a modular jet; Viasat join us to dive into its efforts to counter cyber threats; and in a conversation with Bell we look at the company's progress on the V-280 Valor tiltrotor. Newsround [00:59] The USAF has suff…
 
Time to grow a pair of sea legs and dive in to Trafalgar Squared - a new podcast about the Georgian navy during the period of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In this trailer you will hear about how this series has its origins in a major commission to write a television series about Lord Nelson, what to expect in the podcast and how it…
 
Located in central France, the Regional Natural Park of the Auvergne, with its 400,000 hectares, is the largest volcanic ensemble in Europe. In July 2018, UNESCO listed the Chaîne des Puys mountains range as a world heritage site. Since then, a whole population has been striving to preserve this priceless heritage. We meet the park wardens studying…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we discuss all the news across the air, land, and sea domains, and we talk to Israeli company Camero Tech about new sense-through-the-wall systems using ultra-wideband imaging. Newsround [01:13] The USN is procuring 11 additional P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing for $1.7 billion. Two of these will be …
 
The eastern French city of Verdun is a place of memory which symbolises the terrible human cost of World War I. Hundreds of thousands of French and German soldiers died there during 300 days of bitter combat in 1916. Every year, soldiers' bones and belongings are discovered around the city and carefully catalogued. To date, around 60,000 soldiers h…
 
In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we cast our gaze to the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the unrest in Myanmar, Chinese activities in the South China Sea and procurement highlights from across the region. Newsround [00:37] The US Army has placed a major order with sole bidder Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control for Guided Multiple…
 
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