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  • Prisoners of geography : ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics 

    Henrico, Ivan (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    Tim Marshall is an esteemed authority on foreign affairs, with more than thirty years’ experience in broadcasting, reporting, analysis and writing about past, present and future geopolitical affairs – most of the time ...
  • South Africa’s post-apartheid military : lost in transition and transformation 

    Bailie, Craig (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020-10)
    The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) recently celebrated, “25 Years of Defence in Democracy”[i]. Professor Lindy Heinecken’s latest book, South Africa’s post-apartheid military: Lost in transition and transformation, ...
  • Anatomy of post-communist European defense institutions : the mirage of military modernity 

    Jordaan, Evert (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    In Anatomy of post-communist European defense institutions: The mirage of military modernity, Thomas-Durell Young’s aim was to determine why Central and Eastern European (CEE) states have failed to apply democratic defence ...
  • Legislative disconnect or institutional gatekeeping? challenges of researching South Africa's military past 

    Kleynhans, Evert; Gordon, Will (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    The Department of Defence Archive in Pretoria is the repository of all military documents generated by the Union Defence Force, the South African Defence Force and the South African National Defence Force. This makes it ...
  • Developing military environmental literacy in the South African Army through a dedicated military environmental management course 

    Smit, H. A. P. (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    It is important for soldiers to be military environmentally literate to prevent unacceptable behaviour in the environment in which they conduct their missions. This is especially true during peacekeeping and disaster relief ...
  • Is open source GIS feasible in military operations? evaluation by applying a USE case 

    Henrico, Susan; Coetzee, Serena; Cooper, Antony (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    The study of terrain and all its related elements and facets are of crucial importance to the military. Lodi, Smit, and Ayirebi agreed with this statement and added that the importance of terrain was recognised by military ...
  • The Suwalki GAP dilemma : a strategic and operational analysis 

    Scholtz, Leopold (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    This article reports on a theoretical analysis about a series of events that will hopefully never take place. Should Russia ever decide to invade the Baltic republics, the obvious invasion route would be from Russian ...
  • From Boleas to Bangui : parliamentary oversight of South African defence deployments 

    Van Rensburg, Wilhelm Janse; Vrey, Francois; Neethling, Theo (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    Parliamentary oversight of the executive plays a key role in ensuring accountability and is therefore central to the system of checks and balances that characterises liberal democracies. After 1994, South Africa aligned ...
  • Editorial 

    Mandrup, Thomas (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    No abstract available.
  • War, aggression and self-defence 

    Kleynhans, Andre (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2020)
    This review is written against the background of the continuing Syrian conflict, and specifically Operation Peace Spring, the Turkish military intervention in northern Syria ostensibly aimed at creating a safe zone there ...
  • Operation phakisa : reflections upon an ambitious maritime-led government initiative 

    Vrey, Francois (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2019)
    Operation Phakisa enjoys ‘presidential’ status as a project launched by and housed within the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa during the Zuma administration. Phakisa is a most ambitious project, which includes ...
  • South African maritime foreign policy : rethinking the role of the South African Navy 

    Blaine, Mark; Nel, Michelle (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2019)
    The military is one of the instruments that states use in the implementation of foreign policy within the security domain. As an arm of service, the South African Navy is the instrument of implementation of foreign policy ...
  • In different times : the war of Southern Africa, 1966-1989 

    Van der Waag, I. J.; Grundlingh, A. M. (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2019)
    This is the first attempt to bring together diverse scholars, using different lenses, to study South Africa’s Border War. As a book, it is critical in approach, provides deeper reflection, and focuses specifically on the ...
  • Contemporary military geosciences in South Africa 

    Smit, Hennie; Bezuidenhout, Jacques (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2019)
    Contemporary Military Geosciences in South Africa presents the reader with chapters celebrating the scope, reach and impact of themes researched by military geoscientists. The first topics under investigation ranges from ...
  • African military geosciences : military history and the physical environment 

    Bezuidenhout, Jacques; Van der Waag, Ian (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2018)
    This eight-chapter volume, African Military Geosciences: Military History and the Physical Environment, is a tour-de-force covering nearly 500 years of African military geosciences. It is a truly global book that reveals ...
  • The African Standby Force : Quo Vadis? 

    Vrey, Francois; Mandrup, Thomas (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2017)
    Standby forces of the African Union are expected to deploy rapidly into high-intensity conflict zones. Inherently they stem from and are expected to work effectively with regional militaries of differing capabilities. But ...
  • Civil defence and protective services in South Africa during World War Two, 1939–1945 

    Monama, Fankie L. (Historical Association of South Africa, 2019-11)
    During World War Two, South Africa inaugurated the Civilian Protective Services organisation as a civil defence effort to deal with, inter alia, the preventive and protective measures in defence of the civilian population ...
  • Chemical and Lead Isotope characterisation of First World War shrapnel balls and bullets used on the Alpine Austrian–Italian Front 

    Laterza, Vittoria; Ros, Veronica; Turetta, Clara; Gabrieli, Jacopo; Cairns, Warren R. L.; Balliana, Eleonora; Baroni, Carlo; Cristina, Salvatore Maria; Bondesan, Aldino; Barbante, Carlo (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Military Science (Military Academy), 2018)
    Chemical and lead isotope characterisation was carried out on shrapnel balls and bullets dating back to the First World War (WWI). These ammunitions were widely utilised in the Alpine Austrian–Italian front located in the ...
  • The SANDF and societal development : project KOBA-TLALA 

    Smith, Chrismar (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2020-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research is to investigate the potential contribution of the Department of Defence (DOD), specifically the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to the developmental agenda and ...
  • Influence of rotation on transversely isotropic piezoelectric rod coated with a thin film 

    Selvamani, Rajendran; Makinde, Oluwole Daniel (Polish Academy of Sciences, 2018)
    In this paper, the influence of rotation on axisymmetric waves of a piezoelectric rod coated with a thin film is studied using constitutive form linear theory elasticity and piezo-electric equations. Potential functions ...

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