The Historical Analysis Programme (HAP) analyses the enduring nature of war and the relevance of the past for the British Army of today. By doing so, it provides advice and support to the strategic decision making within the Army.
The work is centred on major research projects. These have included such topics as the enduring relevance of the lessons of the First World War and how in the past armies have increased in size in times of war and crisis. Another project analyses the concept of ‘winning’ and how this term has been defined in the course of history. In addition, the programme offers advice on operational and tactical matters from a historical point of view. The direct input into the Army is achieved through a combination of academic study and publications, briefings, lectures, work-shops and conferences. Battlefield studies offer a direct link between history and the present and the HAP provides conceptual support for these studies from the tactical to the strategic level.
In order to fulfil its role, the HAP draws on an extensive network of military and civilian expertise both in the UK and abroad, and the programme has established close links with allied nations.