Professor Trevor Taylor
Position: Professorial Research Fellow, Head, Defence, Industries and Society
Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall, London, where he heads up a research programme in Defence, Industries and Society, and he is a member of the Acquisition Focus group which publishes regularly in RUSI Defence Systems. In addition, he is the Professor Emeritus at Cranfield University, where he still teaches, and where he was head of the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis from 1997 to 2009. He also works regularly for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he is an Adjunct Faculty member.
His career has linked the academic sphere with that of governmental and industrial professionals in defence, and he speaks and writes regularly at conferences on defence acquisition and management. A joint author of a book on UK defence industry, he was for six years an elected Council Member of the former Defence Manufacturers' Association. He was previously Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University and between 1990 and 1993 was head of the International Security Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.
Articles published elsewhere
'The limited capacity of management to rescue UK defence policy' appeared in International Affairs, March 2012, Vol.88, No.2, pp.223-242.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
‘Que Sera, Sera’: The UK and the F-35
8 Mar 2013
While the F-35 may be very capable, the UK's inability to withdraw from the programme places the country in a position of dependence on the US. (Free access)
UK Defence Acquisition: an encouraging year for major projects
17 Nov 2011
The UK's National Audit Office has published its latest report assessing the Major Projects of the Ministry of Defence. The informative document reports only very limited cost overruns, and few of them can be seen as industry's responsibility. It also provokes thoughts about the government's accounting system and the protected position of the Joint Combat Aircraft in the British defence programme.
Ministry of Defence Needs Revolutionary Reform to Manage Cuts
24 Jun 2011
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will need clear ministerial, and Defence Board, guidance to introduce revolutionary new ways of working to ensure the department still operates coherently following the proposed major cuts to civil service numbers, according to a joint study by Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Cranfield University staff.
House of Commons Report reignites concerns over Typhoon Project
15 Apr 2011
The recent Public Accounts Committee report has raised further concerns over the performance of the Typhoon Project citing spares shortages and the lack of a national supply chain. In reality defence funding shortages and poor international contracting arrangements have also contributed. The Committee's proposal to enhance the power of the Senior Responsible Owner for Typhoon would have significant implications for the entire organisation of the Ministry of Defence.
The Politics behind the Pentagon's Boeing-EADS Decision
2 Mar 2011
The Pentagon's decision to award a $35 billion tanker contract to Boeing instead of Europe's EADS caused a stir among investors and politicans on both sides of the Atlantic. Professor Trevor Taylor, RUSI Professorial Fellow in Defence Management, analyses the context and assesses the possible implications of the move.
Is the Ministry of Defence living beyond its means?
26 Jul 2010
The recent National Audit Office (NAO) report has once again raised the issue of the affordability of defence and argues for finance to have a louder voice in the Ministry of Defence (MoD). But should fiscal responsibility achieve such prominence when military lives are at risk?
Implications of the US Nuclear Posture Review
8 Apr 2010
The US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released at the beginning of April has some significant implications for America’s friends and allies as well as potential adversaries.
Defence and the Growing Financial Challenge
3 Mar 2010
The Ministry of Defence is in increasing financial difficulty as the financial needs of the MoD's Equipment Procurement Plan exceeds the potential financial resources. What are the likely solutions in the forthcoming Defence Review?
The Gray Report
24 Nov 2009
The Gray Report offers one of the most revealing takes on the workings of the MoD available to the public, and expands in detail upon acknowledged problems