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Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research

The British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR) is a “think-tank” tasked with informing military doctrine and force development and acting as an academic hub for the generation of soldier-scholars.

About us

The primary aim of the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR) is systematically to examine past and current operations, conduct analysis and research into land-based warfare, contribute to the decision making of the General Staff, challenge conventional wisdom, and to act as an Army ‘think-tank’.

The centre achieves this by:

• Stimulating and drawing upon wider academic and innovative thought.
• Forging links to academia, strategic studies institutes and think tanks in the UK and abroad.
• Supporting force development.
• Contributing to wargames, experimentation and seminars.
• Sponsoring ‘Soldier Scholars’.

Brains vs. Brawn

The CHACR will examine the enduring nature and changing character of conflict and provide a balance to the convention of brute force. It promotes the vital contribution that the conceptual component makes to success on the battlefield through prioritising intelligent research and analysis.

To support this aspect of its role, the Centre is a hub for scholarship and debate within the Army and is responsible for nurturing the careers of the Service’s brightest minds.

Soldier Scholars

The CHACR is focussed on promoting and developing Soldier Scholars. These are young and middle-ranking officers (and soldiers) that are experienced, intelligent, and can exercise independent and innovative thought, and who should be encouraged to ‘speak out of turn’, leading to the encouragement of a new breed of soldiers.

These soldiers are encouraged to pursue more opportunities to undertake education in order to inform our doctrinal development.

This will also inform our approach to requirement setting and procurement, and to influence the perception of the Army.

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