This webinar will mark the launch of an Occasional Paper by Trevor Taylor and Andrew Curtis which argues for significant changes in UK high level defence management.
Generated in part as a contribution to thinking for the Integrated Review, this paper builds on an analysis of almost a century of efforts to promote greater coordination among the individual services and identifies current weaknesses. It suggests reforms to drive greater cohesion in UK defence and to enable full exploitation of advances in the information domain. The authors anticipate significant resistance to their ideas from those in the established services who currently enjoy significant freedom of action but assert that the technological, financial and political features of the contemporary world press hard for significant change.
Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at RUSI, where he heads up a research programme in Defence, Industries and Society, and is a member of the Acquisition Focus group which publishes regularly in RUSI Defence Systems.
In addition, he is professor emeritus at Cranfield University, where he still teaches, and where he was head of the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis from 1997-2009. 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 from 1990-93 was head of the International Security Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.
Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE is an Associate Fellow supporting RUSI’s defence management research. He is an independent defence researcher specialising in strategy, defence policy and plans, and military logistics.
His research interests stem from his 35-year career in the Royal Air Force officer, from which he retired in 2019. His final appointment was programme director of the Defence Support Transformation Programme, the flagship transformation initiative of the MoD’s Modernising Defence Programme. During his career, he gained considerable operational experience through a variety of appointments, including: commander support in the NATO Headquarters at Kandahar Airfield in 2011-12; chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Headquarters in Malta that conducted the Libya Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation in 2011; commander of the UK military contribution following the Haiti earthquake of 2010; and chief of staff of the UK National Support Command in Afghanistan in 2005-06.
Andrew is a chartered manager and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and has a PhD in defence studies from King’s College London.
This event is chaired by Lucy Fisher, Defence Editor, The Times.
This event is open to all and if you have any questions around this event please email EmiliaM@rusi.org.