The Council of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) have formally appointed Lord Hutton of Furness as the Institute's new Chairman.
Welcoming the Chairmanship, Lord Hutton said:
"It is a great honour to have been appointed as Chairman of RUSI. The Institute is a very special organisation and a centre of unrivalled expertise here at home and across the world. At a time of potentially great change in our country's defence policies, I look forward to working with Michael Clarke and an outstanding team to help us meet the challenges of the future."
Professor Michael Clarke, RUSI's Director, said:
"Lord Hutton is exactly the right sort of Chairman for RUSI; a former Minister of Defence, a veteran politician held in high regard throughout Parliament, a natural military historian, and a modern entrepreneur.
We could not be more delighted with his appointment as our Chairman and all our staff look forward to working with him to push forward RUSI's ambitious plans for its future as an international think-tank with a global reputation."
Lord Hutton of Furness was ennobled in the Dissolution Honours List May 2010, and officially took his seat on the Lords on 1 July 2010. John Hutton served as the Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness from 1992 to 2010 and held several Cabinet positions between 2005 and 2009. He was Secretary of State for Defence from 2008 - 2009 and published his first book on military history in 2008, "Kitchener's Men - The King's Own Royal Lancasters on the Western Front 1915-18" (Pen and Sword Books, 2008).
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