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Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2018

04 September 2018, 11:00
RUSI Whitehall
RUSI Members Only
This year’s Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Air Marshal Edward Stringer CB CBE MA BEng RAF, Director General Joint Force Development and Defence Academy, UK Ministry of Defence.

In this centenary year of the Royal Air Force, the world’s oldest independent air force, Air Marshal Stringer will reflect on what independent air power has achieved. He will argue that in the modern environment we need to get back to educating our officer corps in the higher strategies of deterrence and containment, and to rethink doctrine not in terms of how air power contributes tactical effects on the battlefield, but on how it sets conditions - in peace and war - that might predetermine the result of, and ideally forestall the need for, actual combat.

Air Marshal Edward StringerCB CBE MA BEng RAF joined the Royal Air Force via its University Cadetship scheme and an engineering degree from Liverpool University. After officer and flying training, he was posted to the Jaguar Force where he became a qualified weapon instructor and spent a tour at Boscombe Down in Operational Test and Evaluation. He has completed many operational tours including the Gulf War of 1991, the 'No Fly Zones' over Iraq and Bosnia between 1991 and 2003, and the recent counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His command tours include: OC 54(F) Squadron, when he was also the Jaguar Force Commander for Operation TELIC in Iraq in 2003; Station Commander RAF Leeming and, concurrently, Tornado F3 Force Commander; CO 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based at Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2008; Commandant Air Warfare Centre, from 2009 to 2011, during which he was also the UK’s first Air Contingent Commander for Op UNIFIED PROTECTOR, the NATO Operation in Libya. 

He has completed staff tours in the Air Warfare Centre, the Directorate of Operational Capability in the MOD, and as Assistant Director (Operations) in the Air Staff, also within the MOD. Air Marshal Stringer was Head of Joint Capability in the Security Policy and Operations area of the MOD until his appointment to Washington as the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in October 2012. He was appointed as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff on 5 April 2013 and subsequently Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Operations) on 20 March 2015. Air Marshal Stringer became Director General Joint Force Development and Defence Academy on 11 April 2018. 

Refreshments will be served from 1030.

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