All articles by David Benest

David Benest

The Déjà Vu Behind the Helicopter Debate

Why is an argument still needed for the provision of helicopters to UK forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan? As the number of dead rises, defence procurement expert and military adviser Colonel David Benest investigates.

The Role of Small Arms in Dismounted Close Combat

What is the benefit of front-line experience in dismounted close combat? In the first of a regular column, military adviser Colonel David Benest argues why such experience may be more reliable than scientific theories.