About me

This blog is a personal blog by me, Jon Hawkes, an industry commentator on land warfare technology and a Principal at Janes, where I previously was Associate Director and Head of Land Warfare for some years having fulfilled a range of military ground vehicles market forecasting, industry analysis and defence research roles before that. I wouldn't be arrogant enough to say I'm an expert, but I'm certainly a professionally interested informed person with a passion for educating the wider world in this cool little corner of technology and science.

You can also follow my sporadic ramblings and quest for interesting things on Twitter, where I also have a back catalogue of informative threads on interesting defence topics.

Finally if you like this blog and want to help with the hosting and domain fees, you can use the natty Buy Me a Coffee button in the top right or click here. All of it just pays for the costs of the site, and I'm really grateful for anything anyone kindly offers.

What is The Institute of Tanknology?

Its just this blog, I needed a catchy name. Tanknology is the entirely fictitious science and study of tanks and all things armoured vehicles. It seemed as good as anything as a name for the blog. Those of particular contribution will be awarded arbitrary Tanknologist titles to their profiles, purely for amusement.


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