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Mission Improbable

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Extensive research, including interviews with ministers and generals, fieldwork with army reserve units, and surveys underpins this definitive account of Future Reserves 2020 (FR20).

A central tenet of recent British defence policy, FR20 sought to radically transform the role and function of the British Army Reserve by making it more capable and more deployable, whilst simultaneously cutting costs by outsourcing logistics capability to reserve forces.

In this book, Bury examines the origins, evolution and impact of the policy. He controversially shows how its intensely intra-party and intra-service political origins, the Army's resistance to them, and the Army Reserves' organisational nature, have undermined the policy's ability to deliver the key military capabilities it envisaged. In doing so, he provides evidence of incoherent defence policy making in the Cameron era.

Nevertheless, there have been successes. By examining the impact of FR20 at the unit level, the book illustrates that whilst some units will struggle to deliver the required capability, in other areas such as integration with the regulars, professionalism, and opportunities, FR20 is delivering.


Patrick Bury is a lecturer in Defence and Strategic Studies at the University of Bath; his research focuses on military and counter-terrorism organizational transformation and cohesion. Prior to entering academia, Patrick served in the British Army for five years as an infantry Captain during which time he deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan. A memoir of his platoon's tour, 'Callsign Hades' was published in 2010 and has been described as 'the first great book of the Afghan war'. After leaving the Army, he worked as an analyst for NATO and then a private security firm, before reading for his PhD on the Reserves at the University of Exeter. Patrick has 15 years' experience of working in the security sector as practitioner, analyst and academic.

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Titre: Mission Improbable
Sous-titre: The Transformation of the British Army Reserve
Code EAN: 9781912440122
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Producteur: Howgate Publishing Ltd
Genre: Divers
Parution: 28.02.2019
Taille de fichier: 0.8 MB