The Military Sciences Research Group carries out cutting-edge research to deliver intellectual challenge and thought leadership on military and defence matters. We take a long-term perspective grounded on a rigorous historical evidence base and an examination of contemporary conflict, in order to shape defence policies.
We draw on resident expertise in the air, land, maritime, cyber and space domains and an unrivalled network of connections in conflict zones that provides real-time contemporary lessons. This enables us to combine our research with practical experience and contextual awareness. As part of this work, our staff engage with military, defence industrial and governmental stakeholders from the operational to the senior leadership level in the UK and overseas.
The group research portfolio includes three primary lines of activity: the Martial Power programme, which forms the bedrock of our research activity, posing key questions about the utility of the military instrument today and in the future; the Profession of Arms programme, which delivers outreach on military subjects to our audience through online platforms; and the Future Norms of War programme, which provides thought leadership on how the norms and behaviours of conflict may change in the future.
Professor Peter Roberts
Director, Military Sciences
Senior Research Fellow
Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology
Dr Jack Watling
Research Fellow, Land Warfare
Dr Sidharth Kaushal
Research Fellow, Sea Power
Research Analyst, Land Warfare
Project Officer, Military Sciences
Military Sciences Community Manager
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View the three core programmes that make up the Military Sciences portfolio
Our conceptual research aims to shape and influence UK defence and security policy reviews in 2025 and beyond, primarily through the prism of military and political-military analysis.
This programme provides resources for those engaged in the profession of arms, examining contemporary warfare, challenges to the orthodoxies of military doctrines, and behaviours in conflict.