Sunday, 22 September 2019
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Derek Marshall was at the launch of "Britain's Generals in Blair's Wars" (published by Ashgate) at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The hall was packed with a distinguished audience, including CDS General Sir David Richards, former MoD permanent Secretary Sir Kevin Tebbitt and many other MOD/military notables. The speakers were Professor Sir Hew Strachan, one of the editors, soon-to-be Commander, Land Forces General Sir Nick Parker and Desmond Bowen, formerly of MoD and Cabinet Office. The overall sense I had, although the tone was patient and polite, was of the pent up unease of the military about the wars they had been thrust into by Blair without adequate planning and resource.

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 GenRichardsHer Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of General Sir David Richards as the new Chief of the Defence Staff. General Richards will take over from the current CDS, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, in October this year.

Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for Defence, said:
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of the successor to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup. General Sir David Richards will take over as CDS in October this year, following the conclusion of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Sir Jock who has provided excellent leadership to the military throughout his time as CDS, and who will undoubtedly continue to do so over the coming months on Afghanistan and on the SDSR.”

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