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Senior Research Fellow and Director of Personnel Services

Michael Codner is Senior Research Fellow in Military Sciences and Editorial Director of RUSI Defence Systems. Until 2013, he was RUSI's Director of the Military Sciences Department.

He researches a range of subjects from defence policy, strategic theory and doctrine, to defence management, future concepts and the application of technology to military capability. He also oversees conferences, meetings and lectures in these areas. He retired from the Royal Navy in October 1995 after a career as a seaman officer principally working in anti-submarine warfare and in the latter part of his career, maritime strategy and doctrine, future concepts, defence policy and international issues.

He was a lecturer in strategy and operational art at the US Naval War College, was a defence fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, King's College, London and has held a NATO Fellowship working on coalition interoperability. His degrees are in Philosophy and Psychology (Brasenose College, Oxford). 

He lectures regularly at University College, London, Southampton University, the University of St Andrews, the University of Greenwich and the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

His written work includes editorship and principal authorship of the First Edition of the Royal Navy’s BR1806: The Fundamentals of British Maritime Doctrine and numerous articles, papers and chapters in journals and collections.

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Research Focus

Armed Forces, UK Defence Policy, Military Sciences, UK, Maritime Forces, UK Defence Military strategic theory including forms and limits of the military instrument; Military ethics; Military interoperability.

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