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Sweden on high alert
The flare-up in the Baltic region has seen tensions rising in Sweden. We visit Gotland to see what action the government is taking to fortify the island.
Fighting the freeze
Monocle travelled to northern Norway for an exclusive insight into Cold Response, Nato's gruelling cold-weather military training exercise.
Hook, Line & Bunker
The Swiss are infatuated with their tunnels and underground shelters - and have more of them than any other country in the world. Monocle's David Michon and photographer Beat Schweizer explored their hidden appeal.
Brain vs brawn
In the forest of Evjemoen, Norway's officer training school puts troops through an extreme test of endurance. It's a physical and mental challenge but more of the latter in these days of modern warfare.
Winter Military World Games
The first Winter Military World Games took place in March in Valle d'Aosta, Italy, giving armed forces of the world a chance to bond with each other and promote peace through sport. Monocle was there, cheering our favourite teams from the sidelines.
The Danish Navy on the hunt
Like latter-day Vikings, the Danish Navy tours the treacherous Gulf of Aden hunting for Somali pirates. Monocle goes aboard HDMS Absalon to join the fit-for-action forces as they deal carefully with these dangerous and desperate criminals, and to witness how to run a successful military operation when you are an egalitarian Dane.
IDEX arms fair in Abu Dhabi is where armed forces and security services from nations all over the world go to see the latest in tanks and guns and put in their orders. Exhibitors are traditionally from the traditional western power block but China, Russia and Turkey are starting to challenge their dominance.
Under its post-war constitution, Japan is not allowed a navy, army or air force, only Self Defence Forces. Yet, today, the country has one of the largest, most sophisticated fleets in the world with 47 destroyers and nine frigates. Historical tensions with North Korea and China have also seen the country increasingly debating its military future. Monocle was given unique access to the fleet and asked leading analysts to assess the future of the region. Fiona Wilson reports on how the story was put together, and the changing role of the MSDF in Japan.