56

September 2012

From war reporters to model soldiers, Monocle issue 56 reports from the frontline of defence. We join Norway’s new recruits, get kitted out with Vatican City veterans and keep a close watch on the defence industry’s moving targets.

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Inventory No. 56

Fans of army surplus store and collectors of military kit listen up. This month’s inventory is the ultimate guide to the best in desert boots, camouflage jackets and handcuffs.

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Industry targets

Keeping the wheels of war turning requires well-run businesses. Some of the world’s most recognisable household brand names have pushed ahead in the fields of technology and innovation by supplying new products to the…

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Private armies

Some say they’re a useful force for good, others say they’re an ungovernable hindrance undermining the good work of government troops. Either way, private security firms are playing an important part in conflicts around the…

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Business Briefing

War against poaching: Fighting poachers in Zimbabwe, US veterans as entrepreneurs, and Japan's taste for US Military ice cream.

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Monocle travel guide

A defence-themed round-up includes rooms for hire in former forts and citadels everywhere from the West Indies to Portugal, airlines run by the military and the hotels favoured over the years by the world’s most well-tra…

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Money to burn

New weightlifting champion: Airbus A400 M Atlas Tucked away in the British countryside, the Farnborough International Air Show is an unassuming backdrop for deals deciding the future of air defence. This trillion euro…

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Seeing is believing

That a camera company can become a binocular company by accident is an impressive feat; that it can go on to become a world leader in its unexpected field is outstanding. German firm Steiner isn’t looking back.

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Fly the flag

Despite the pressures of new technology in its own ranks and a fast-developing Chinese navy sailing into view, the ‘USS George Washington’ continues to rule the Asia-Pacific seas. Monocle climbs aboard the American aircraft…

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Pack leaders

A photographer, a war artist, Sky News’ special correspondent and a writer for ‘The New Yorker’ reveal what kit they take with them to the world’s conflict zones and how they work. Among the essential bulletproof jackets…

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Europe Briefing

Why the Chinese premier is eyeing up Reykjavik as an Arctic foothold, and what the Spanish Ministry of Defence's Centre for Gender has to teach the world.

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A war of words

A magazine for the German armed forces, ‘Y’ holds the line when it comes to maintaining its independence while publishing a product that meets the remit of a military publication. With a staff of civilians and soldiers,…

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Suomenlinna sea fortress

Popular with tourists, scenic Suomenlinna comprises eight islands and is only a short ferry ride from Helsinki. Snap up a merchant’s house here and experience a villagey lifestyle.

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Aerial assault

Galgalatz is a popular radio station with an eclectic music mix. What’s unusual is that the DJs wear uniforms, short haircuts and very shiny shoes. Monocle listens in to the Israeli Army on the airwaves.

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On the defensive

The sheer breadth of countries covered by the defence-themed analyses in this issue illustrates the dizzying scale of modern-day conflicts. Some are in full flow, others are receding and many are threatened; all require our…

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Americas Briefing

Warnings that Paraguay's political uncertainty could be exploited by a guerilla group, the US's cuts of military aid to Colombia, and Argentina and China talk defence.

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Culture Briefing

A Japan military media special, Bollywood's war films, and the "Cairo Year One" exhibition in London.

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Observation

Alongside London’s world sporting showcase and its potential for growth, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé considers Monocle’s very own expansion plans for this summer.

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Expo 56: High-water mark

Japan’s territorial waters are vast and volatile, home to some of the most disputed islands in east asia. the Japan coast guard is tasked with policing the area. Monocle climbed aboard to see how they do it.

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