Soldiers, Statesmen and Strategy

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Major General Mungo Melvin 2A lecture by Major General Mungo Melvin CB OBE, formerly Director of the Strategic Studies Cell at the Royal College of Defence Studies, with introductory remarks by General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence and Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of RUSI. 

In his lecture, Major General Melvin will reflect on his historical research and contemporary analysis on the development of military strategy within changing political and national security contexts. Drawing on his research, writing and teaching at the Royal College of Defence Studies and his work on the Enhancing Strategic Capability Study (a contribution to the UK's Defence Reform Review), he will explore how strategic ends, ways and means can best be orchestrated to meet evolving political objectives. 

Major General Mungo Melvin CB OBE was formerly Director of the Strategic Studies Cell at the Royal College of Defence Studies. In late 2010, he was handpicked by the Chief of Defence Staff to lead a study into enhancing strategic capability. It provided key inputs into Lord Levene's Defence Reform Review.  Prior to assuming this role, Mungo was the senior Army member at the Royal College of Defence Studies. He established the College's Strategic Studies Cell and edited and co-wrote its pioneering Thinking Strategically publication. Throughout his career, Mungo has been closely involved in military education, doctrine, concepts and force development. A military historian and German speaker, his recent book, Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General, has received wide acclaim. After over 37 years' service, he retires from the Army in December 2011 to research and advise on strategic matters.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 1900 to 2000.

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