Military Command in the Next Decade

23 September 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Anthony King, Exeter University
Chair, Dr Paul Cornish, Head, International Security, Chatham House



The speaker will argue that the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have exerted extreme pressure on the defence establishment and exposed various points of weakness. He will discuss the quality of British military command, especially at the strategic and operational levels. He will examine how potentially problematic forms of command might best be understood as a manifestation of ingrained institutional presumptions and tensions within the armed forces, rather than the personal failings of individual commanders. By identifying the underlying basis of command difficulties, he will suggest that the British armed forces may be better placed to cope with the undoubtedly difficult challenges of the next decade.

The event will be followed by a pre-dinner reception (cash bar) and dinner at the Naval and Military Club, 4 St James's Square. Chatham House members who would like to attend the dinner (3 courses including wine, port and coffee at £55 per head) are asked to book on [email protected] or 020 7827 5730 by Monday 14 September. Dress code for dinner will be black tie and medals.