Thanksgiving cheer distributed for men in service. New York City turned host to the boys in service today and cared for every man in uniform. Ca. 1918. Underwood & Underwood. (War Dept.) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 165-WW-427A-7 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 649

Yearly Recap: Happy Holidays from all of us at DefRep

20 December 2015 – Canada, Finland, the US and the UK

From everyone at the DefenceReport team, we wish you all season’s greetings and happy holidays. The DefenceReport staff will be taking a break until January 4th and on that week we will bring you a list of stories that you should keep your eye on throughout 2016.

We would like to thank each and every on of our readers. We know that many of our readers have probably noticed that this year has had its ups and downs for DefenceReport. We were hacked by a Russian IP address earlier this year and were down for many months. We are still attempting to upload the previously published content. It has been a heavy slog. Of course, the DefenceReport team have been busy with other endeavours.

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern WarOne large project, of course, Stewart Webb‘s editing of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern War with Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, which is available here through Taylor and Francis’ CRC Press. The book examines global insurgent movements, their rise, fall and impact in a country or region and has several chapters contributed from DefenceReport team members. It may please our readers to know that the book has been received well and that the DefenceReport team is also involved in writing and editing three additional books. The subject matter, of course, will be kept secret until close to publication dates.

In early January, Stewart Webb published an article in the NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism Review entitled: Improvements Required for Operational and Tactical Intelligence Sharing in NATO. The DefenceReport team will be continuing to publish scholarly articles in other publications in 2016 as well. This year, DefenceReport started its Analysis section and we are committed to publish as much as we can here, but also submit lengthier pieces to other publications on important topics. Naturally, we will link our external articles on DefenceReport in the form of an op-ed brief for our readers.

Which then, of course, brings us to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and for the very seldom that use Google+ we encourage our readers to follow via these social media sites and the reason is simple. There is content on the site that we cannot post, because we only contributed towards it. An example would be when our Associate Editor, Chris Murray, was interviewed in August by al-Arabiya News concerning why the Canadian military was looking into Israel’s Iron Dome radar technology. Stewart Webb has also been a fixture on the CTV National News channel concerning ISIS. Without following along with the DefenceReport team via social media you will miss pieces we publish elsewhere like There’s More in Common with Air Strikes in Iraq and Casual Sex than You’d Think which Stewart Webb wrote for Canada’s most read military magazine, Esprit de Corps. So, we will make the plea and say “follow us through social media and encourage your friends to take a gander at DefenceReport”.

We all wish you the best of luck in 2016.


Stewart Webb         Chris Murray                     Robert Densmore              Mark Collinson                Timo Mustonen

Editor                       Associate Editor                Owner                                  Staff Journalist                Staff Analyst


Feature Photo: “Thanksgiving dinner, c. 1918” – Wikimedia Commons, 2015

Inset Photo: “Cover of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern War” – CRC Press, 2015



By Stewart Webb

The editor of DefenceReport and Senior Analyst, Stewart Webb holds a MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and a BA in Political Science from Acadia University. A frequent guest on defence issues for CTV National News, and other Canadian media outlets, his specialities include commentary on terrorist/insurgent activity and Canadian defence issues. Stewart can be contacted at: [email protected]