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The Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2015
Against a backdrop of events to commemorate the seventy fifth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, reflected on the Royal Air Force’s contribution to UK defence. He also assessed the current and future challenges for air power in an ever changing international environment.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC DL BA MPhil DTech DLitt FRAeS RAF was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1974. Following an undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and an MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge, he became Director Defence Studies (Royal Air Force) from 1997 to 1999 and commissioned scholarship, edited books and wrote articles on air power in that role. In 1999 he served as Assistant Director of the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College of which he is a graduate. He was Commander British Forces (Italy) from 1999 to 2000 and NATO Air Commander (Forward) in Kosovo in 2000. He served as Commandant UK Air Warfare Centre from 2000 to 2003 followed by six years in military intelligence. He was Chief of Joint Operations at PJHQ (UK) from March 2009 to December 2011, before becoming the first Commander of the UK Joint Forces Command from December 2011 to April 2013. He was appointed as Vice Chief of Defence Staff in May 2013.