Independent all-ranks staff association for regular, reserve and veteran UK armed forces personnel

Tales of the unexpected

"A theorem: In matters of military contingency, the expected, precisely because it is expected, is not to be expected. Rationale: What we expect, we plan and provide for; what we plan and provide for, we thereby deter; what we deter does not happen. What does happen is what we did not deter, because we did not plan and provide for it, because we did not expect it."

Sir Michael Quinlan, MoD PUS 1998-2002, cited in 'The Secret State: preparing for the worst; 1945-2010' by Peter Hennessy. Thanks to Sam Leith, The Spectator.

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Welcome to British Armed Forces Federation - BAFF - independent all-ranks staff association for members of any branch of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the reserves. All current UK service personnel of any rank are eligible to join and, as BAFF is not a political organisation, to take an active part in its activities if they wish. Former regular or reserve forces personnel are also very welcome.