Dr John Louth
Position: Director, Defence, Industries and Society
Dr John Louth is Senior Research Fellow and Director for Defence, Industries and Society at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force for sixteen years before working as a consultant and programme director extensively throughout the defence and energy sectors, employed in both the BMT Group and QinetiQ. His work has included the audit and governance of the UK strategic deterrent, the implementation of risk-based governance regimes into energy businesses, UK Ministry of Defence and industry partnering initiatives, especially within the air domain, and the development of chemical, biological and radiological protection and responses. He spent part of his career in the Middle East running separate national programmes to develop commercial and defence capabilities across a number of Gulf states. Dr Louth has also worked as a senior adviser to the European Defence Agency on the development of pan-European procurement policies and practices. He teaches at Roehampton University Business School in London and is also a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. John's work is published across a broad spectrum of outlets and he is a regular commentator to BBC, ITN, Sky News and Al Jazeera networks.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
BAE Systems and EADS: Thwarted at the Alter
29 Jan 2013
John Louth explores the reasons for the EADS-BAE corporate courtship and its eventual failure, and attempts to understand where the inability to merge leaves the businesses themselves and the concept of a European defence entity
BAE Systems-EADS Merger: Dealing with the Concerns
14 Sep 2012
The proposed merger of BAE Systems and EADS has naturally attracted a number of concerns, from safeguarding sovereign defence industries to job cuts through rationalisation. But are these concerns with foundation?
Recovering Stolen Assets
8 May 2012
This week, the RUSI Analysis Podcast examines corruption, and how money lost to it can be reclaimed. The issue's the subject of a paper called Plundering the Treasure Chest, published recently by RUSI. It highlights the relevance of corruption to global security, and the success of Western interventions.