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William Freer

William Freer is a Research Fellow in National Security. He is a War Studies graduate from King’s College London where his academic work focused on British-American grand strategy in the Cold War and post-Cold War era. His work specialised on how Britain managed military overstretch, economic stagnation, and national security during the withdrawal from ‘East of Suez’ (1957-1971). He previously worked as a consultant for a firm that specialised in research and advisory work (across a wide array of sectors including defence, justice, education, supported employment, and economic inactivity) and government procurement, both in the UK and internationally. He holds a BA in War Studies from King’s College London.

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Sweden joins NATO

William Freers provides a debrief assessing Sweden’s accession to NATO

In defence of Britain’s carriers

William Freer defends Britain’s aircraft carriers and refutes many of the criticisms levied against them

The hypersonic threat to the United Kingdom

William Freer analyses the hypersonic capabilities of Russia and China and whether they pose a threat to the United Kingdom

Why Britain needs a larger navy

William Freer and James Rogers analyse the geostrategic rationale behind the UK’s need for a larger navy, and how this can best be achieved

How Britain can better support Ukraine to fight a war of attrition

William Freer recommends the best way forward for Britain in supporting Ukraine to now fight a war of attrition

Hypersonic weapon systems: High expectations

Gabriel Elefteriu and William Freer provide an overview of hypersonic weapons and the capabilities certain countries possess currently

What is strategic advantage?

Gabriel Elefteriu, James Rogers and William Freer provide a refined definition of strategic advantage, and how the UK can create it

Adapting the British Army for a maritime century

William Freer analyses how the British Army can best prepare itself for the geopolitical context of a maritime century