Under 35s Forum: Discussion with Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer

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Edward StringerThis unique event will offer forum members the opportunity to participate in a private, informal and off-the-record discussion with Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer CBE MA BEng RAF.  The session will cover:

Discussing current conceptual activity within the MOD; including utility of the military instrument and the efficient generation of capability.

Exploring the Whole Force Concept; looking at capability through flexibility and the ability to use all levers of national power and engagement.

Debating likely technological opportunities and the efficient use of technology to do things ‘innovatively’.

Edward Stringer joined the Royal Air Force via its University Cadetship scheme and an engineering degree from LiverpoolUniversity.  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 '91, the 'No Fly Zones' over Iraq and Bosnia between '91 and '03, and the recent counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Edward’s 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 ’09 to ‘11, 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. Edward 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 Oct 2012. His military education includes advanced staff college in Canada in '99, the Higher Command and Staff Course in the UK in '06, the USAF’s CFACC course at Maxwell AFB, and the Royal College of Defence Studies in ‘09. He completed an MA in International Relations at Kings College London in 2010 and undertook a Slessor Fellowship at OxfordUniversity, researching Pol/Mil relations and strategy-making. Edward was appointed as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff on 5 Apr 2013.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is only open to open Under 35 Members. To become a member, click here.

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