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By The UK MOD's Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre

Download for free via www.mod.uk/dcdc or purchase from DSDA Forms and Publication (01869 256139).

Reviewed by Ian Shields

The UK MOD's think-tank, the Development Concepts and Doctrine centre (DCDC) have already published some good work, including their paper on the Future Character of Conflict and their 2009 Future Air and Space Operational Concept (both available from the web-site listed above). Having identified a need for a textbook on space, given the ever-increasing reliance on space for contemporary military undertakings (one thinks of surveillance, satellite communications, weather forecasting, GPS for navigation and weapon guidance, and much more), the DCDC set about writing, from first principles, their UK Military Space Primer some two years ago, and have now completed the task. There is much to praise, not just about the product, but about the vision and initiative that led to this publication, but let me start with a few criticisms. First, for understandable reasons it is titled the Military Space Primer and, indeed, has a military bias. But the vast majority of the text is as applicable to the civilian sector as to the military. Second, what a shame that, again for understandable reasons, this could not have been published commercially as it is the best and most complete explanation of Space and its uses that virtually anyone would require, and deserves a wider audience. Certainly, any A-Level student with an interest in Space would benefit greatly from reading this, and it would not be out of place in any school – or, indeed, University – library.

Some 250 pages long, it takes the reader at a sensible pace, is well-written and copiously illustrated with photographs and excellent diagrams. Divided into four chapters, it starts with an explanation of what space is, an easily-digestible section on geometry and orbitology (no advanced mathematics – in fact, barely a formula in sight!), before translating the theory into the practical: which orbit for which capability and how to get there. The short second chapter covers Space and the Law at sufficient depth for the non-specialist (see the book review on Space Law: A Treatise in the June 2010 edition of Aerospace Professional for a truly in-depth book on Space Law), before the heart of the Primer, Chapter Three on the Military Uses of Space. Each use, be t surveillance or communications, is addressed in clear and concise language, that unravels the mysteries of the advantages and disadvantages of Space. Indeed, it is not even necessary to have read the explanatory Chapter One before dipping into Chapter Three. Again, although aimed at the military reader, for anyone with an interest in how pace can be used, if only where does your Sky Satellite Signal come from, will gain from this Chapter. The final Chapter looks more widely at Space and Society highlighting, for example, how dependent civil society is on Space – and if there is a justification for the non-military to read some of this Primer, it is in Chapter Four. A series of more in-depth annexes follow, and the publication ends with a good bibliography.

Extensively cross-referenced throughout, this Primer is not meant to be read at a single sitting, but dipped into for knowledge and education. Those in the wider Space industry will, I am sure, welcome this Primer and use it to educate those new to their business. Those with no knowledge but an interest, those with some knowledge and a wish for more detail, and even those with a deep understanding will all find value in this timely and well-produced piece. Not a book in the conventional sense as normally reviewed on these pages, but nevertheless a significant and welcome addition to our understanding of Space.


Below is the executive summary taken from the Haddon-Cave review into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the RAF Nimrod MR2 Aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan in 2006

A full version of the report can be found here

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has  recently announced the next steps on a number of projects. These announcements build on the package of adjustments to the Defence Programme announced to the House on 15th December 2009. The projects include:

An interim Partnering Agreement with MBDA (UK) Ltd to take forward the Government's strategy for the UK's Complex Weapons sector as originally set out in the Defence Industrial Strategy.  The Agreement builds on the successful Team Complex Weapons Assessment Phase that commenced in July 2008.  The MoD has placed a contract valued at £330 million to demonstrate and manufacture both the Fire Shadow Loitering Munition which will be able to be used in operations by the British Army in Afghanistan and, using a development of the current Brimstone anti-armour weapon, the second element of the Selective Precision Effects at Range (SPEAR) programme for use by the RAF on Harrier GR7 and Tornado GR4 including on current operations.  The contract also includes further work on the Future Local Area Air Defence System and on future components of the SPEAR programme.

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By Peter Luff MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology

This is an abridged version of a speech given at the DVD 2010 show on 23rd June 2010

Our first priority must be ensuring that those we deploy on operations, and therefore those exposed to greatest risk, are provided with the best possible tools available.

Our second priority is the responsibility we have to ensure that we are as ready as can be for whatever future operations come our way.

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By Nigel Green, Research Associate, U K Defence Forum

The department set up to improve the Ministry of Defence's procurement programme has come under heavy fire in a Government report.

The Defence Commercial Directorate (DCD) was set up three years ago to provide "strategic leadership" in an area that represents £18 billion of the MoD's £31 billion-a-year budget.

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The International Security Assistance Force's strategy for defeating the improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan can be characterised by three main elements - attacking the system, defeating the device and preparing the force.

Major General Gordon Messenger, the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Communications Officer, and Colonel Peter Smith, Assistant Director of Counter-IED at Land Forces Headquarters, reiterated that the IED menace is being countered through intelligence, training and equipment at a briefing to the media in MOD's Main Building on Thursday 1 July 2010.

Reminding the audience that while improvised explosive devices are far from a new phenomenon and that around 300 are found every month outside Iraq and Afghanistan, Major General Messenger said that it was in Afghanistan that their use had become 'unprecedented'.

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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the names of the fourteen British personnel killed following the crash of a Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan on Saturday 2 September 2006.

They are:

Flt Lt Steven Johnson
Flt Lt Leigh Anthony Mitchelmore
Flt Lt Gareth Rodney Nicholas
Flt Lt Allan James Squires
Flt Lt Steven Swarbrick

FS Gary Wayne Andrews
FS Stephen Beattie
FS Gerard Martin Bell
FS Adrian Davies

Sgt Benjamin James Knight
Sgt John Joseph Langton
Sgt Gary Paul Quilliam

Cpl Oliver Simon Dicketts, Parachute Regiment
Mne Joseph David Windall, Royal Marines

The Nimrod MR2 was based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland.

On hearing of the incident, Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne, said:

"This is dreadful and shocking news. I know that the people of Britain will join me in sending our deep condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives, and to the British military as it deals with the loss of friends and comrades.

"This is not the time for speculation, as the operation to secure the crash site is ongoing. We will provide further information as soon as there is more to say.

"Everyone will understand that our first priority is to inform and support the families of those on board.

"I can say, however, at this stage all the indications are that this was a terrible accident and not the result of hostile action.

"This tragic incident should serve to remind us all of the risks the British military shoulder on all our behalf across the world every day."

Britain's most senior Royal Air Force officer, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, added:

"The loss of the Nimrod MR2 over Afghanistan earlier today is desperately sad and tragic news. Our thoughts are very much with the families and loved ones of the brave and committed aircrew who lost their lives today, and our priority is to provide them all with the support they require at this extremely difficult time.

"As the Secretary of State has said, at the moment there is no reason to believe that the aircraft was lost as a result of hostile action. A Board of Inquiry has been convened to determine the cause of this tragic loss."


As usual, the U.K. media has had a field day in running down this country's contribution to ISAF operations in Afghanistan. This short piece seeks to spoil their story with some facts.

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The Ministry of Defence has today confirmed the name of Corporal Seth Stephens of the Royal Marines who was killed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday 1 July 2010. At the request of Corporal Stephens' family, no further information was released regarding his death in July. At their request, the Ministry of Defence have now issue have now issued the following tribute.

A spokesperson for the Royal Marines said:

"Cpl Seth Stephens was a truly popular man. He was blessed with the innate ability to brighten the darkest room; he also possessed a disarming sense of humour. Measured and thoughtful, his strength came from a depth of experience and knowledge that he was keen to share with others. Armed with a positive 'can do' approach to every task, he was a trusted friend and colleague. A team member he most certainly was, but it was as an individual that his true colours were best displayed. Never one to follow the well trodden path, he was confident in his own abilities and was always looking for new challenges."

"Above all else Seth was a doting husband and father. His absolute dedication and unfailing love for his family, was abundantly clear for everybody to see. He could always be relied upon to be there for his family and friends, whose needs he always placed before his own. Their loss is immeasurable and our condolences go to them. If there is some solace to be gained, it lies in knowing that Seth died doing the job he genuinely loved, alongside comrades that had the utmost admiration for him. At this tragic time our thoughts are with his family. We all hope that his family can draw strength, as we do, from the fond and lasting memories we all have of Seth; a father, husband, soldier and friend."


The UK MoD has concluded its Planning Round for 2011 - the annual budget review to ensure commitments match resources. This implements measures announced in the Strategic Defence & Security Review; our operations in Afghanistan and Libya are not affected. Details will be provided to Parliament after the recess break which has just started.

Implementing difficult SDSR decisions is claimed to have made significant inroads into the so called £38bn black hole while ensuring operations are fully equipped and resourced.

Defence budget savings examples:

HM Treasury have allowed MoD to keep savings it will make from lower liabilities around the decommissioning of equipment. This had previously been ringfenced (and was therefore previously subject to claw back by HMT).

HM Treasury have agreed that the operational allowance can now be fully funded from the Special Reserve. (Previously only 50% of this was planned to have been funded from the Reserve.)

Decommissioning and cancellation of assets as stated in the SDSR.

Re-negotiating contracts with industry, which is said to be producing greater savings.

Remove 80% of DES recruitment marketing

70% reductions in Domestic assistance costs for Land Command appointments

Reduce civilians' expenses and allowances

Reduce Main Building & DES civilians

Reduce Army photographers

"To safeguard operations and as part of the Defence Secretary's drive to increase financial discipline, a new strict spending control regime has been implemented at the MoD. The Comprehensive Commitment Control Regime will ensure all future spending focuses solely on Defence’s strategic priorities. All expenditure that is not already committed or does not directly contribute to operations in Afghanistan and Libya will now be controlled more tightly by the MoD and subject to clearance at more
senior levels."


Captain Andrew Griffiths

2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2 LANCS) Theatre Reserve Battalion

Captain Andy Griffiths was born on 3 October 1984 in Richmond, North Yorkshire. He was brought up in a military family and studied European and International Studies at Loughborough University before starting the Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2007.

Whilst at Sandhurst Capt Griffiths only ever considered joining The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, known as the 'Lions of England' - his father's regiment. On completion of the Platoon Commander's Battle Course he took over command of 5 Platoon, Blenheim Company, in the 2nd Battalion based in Episkopi, Cyprus, prior to starting pre-deployment training with his battalion as the Theatre Reserve Battalion. The Theatre Reserve Battalion provides acclimatised troops over a 12-month period as the UK's high readiness operational reserve.

Capt Griffiths approached Command with characteristic humility and absolute dedication, deploying with his Platoon to Afghanistan on his first tour with great pride, through a demanding and successful deployment to Babaji during Operation Panther's Claw and latterly to Nad 'Ali.

He forged himself the strongest possible reputation; he distinguished himself with his personal courage and his duty of care for his men. On return from Helmand he moved into Dettingen (Fire Support) Company and immediately crafted his Javelin Platoon and his Fire Support Group into a well-trained, well-drilled team.

The only standards Capt Griffiths set were high standards, he was the finest at everything he did. As part of the 2nd Battalion's deployment to Nad 'Ali and Nahr-e Saraj in July, he assumed command of his Fire Support Group in support of Arnhem Company.

Capt Griffiths was extremely personable and was loved and highly respected by his men. His attitude and his unwavering personal standards set him apart from the crowd making him a most effective Army Officer with a bright future ahead of him. Capt Griffiths was born to command Infantry Troops in battle, and he was a natural at this. He led from the front and his men loved him for his courage as a result.

A massive character with a huge personality, Capt Griffiths will leave a gaping hole in the Officers' Mess and will be sadly mourned by his brother officers. A force to be reckoned with on the rugby pitch as well as in the bar, he approached all aspects of his life with an infectious enthusiasm.

He lived his short life to the maximum, thoroughly enjoying the social life of a young officer who was always great fun to be around. He was always at the centre of everything, always laughing and often up to some sort of mischief but his cool exterior and innocent persona often kept him out of the Adjutant's office. He will be sorely missed by his family, his girlfriend, Nic, and all those who were lucky enough to know him.

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Commodore C J Hockley RN to be promoted Rear Admiral and to be Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland in succession to Rear Admiral M B Alabaster, on September 9, 2011

Commodore M R Darlington RN to be Manpower Utilisation Team Leader (NEM Progrmme) w.e.f. April 2011

Commodore N L Brown RN to be Director, Naval Staff in succession to Commodore R K Tarrant RN w.e.f. August 2011

Commodore P J Thicknesse RN to be Director, Maritime (Defence Concepts and Doctrine Centre) in succession to Commodore M C N Cochrane RN w.e.f. August 2011

Rear Admiral C A Johnstone-Burt OBE to be Director, Counter Narcotics, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force Shfafiyat HQ ISAF w.e.f. 3 May 2011 and Head of British Defence Staff (USA) abd Defence Attache w.e.f. November

Rear Admiral S R Lister OBE, Director General Submarines will also become Chief Naval Engineering Officer in succession to Rear Admiral R T Love w.e.f. 28 June 2011

Captain G A Mackay RN to be promoted Commodore and to be Asst Chief of Staff (Carrier Strike Aviation) in succession to Commodore M W Westwood w.e.f. August 2011

Air Commodore Stuart D Atha DSO to be promote Air Vice-Marshal and to be AOC No 1 Group mw.e.f. 12 Augut 2011 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal G J Bagwell CBE who becomes Chief of Staff Jt Warfare Development ot PJHQ

Air Commodore G J Howard to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and become ACDS Logistics Operations w.e.f. 27 May 2011 in successiojn to Maj General J S Mason MBE, RM

Air Commodore R Paterson OBE to lead work on military New Employment Model with immediate effect

Air Commodore N P Beet OBE has assumed post of Asst Chief of Staff Personnel Policy (RAF) on 4 April in succession to Air Commodore R Paterson

Air Commodore E J Stringer CBE to be Head Jt Capability w.e.f. 15 July in succession to Air Cdre S D Atha DSO 

Air Commodore S C Evans to be Commandant of the Air Warfare Centre w.e.f. 8 July in succession to Air Cdre E J Stringer

Air Commodore T Winstanley became Asst Chief of Staff Trg HQ No 22 Group on 7 March 2011 in succession to Air Cdre R D Gammage who becomes Defence Technical Training Change Programme Integrated Project Team Leader

Group Captain G D A Parker OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be CO RAF Leuchars and Air Officer Scotland in succession to Air Cdre R J Atkinson ADC who is to attend RCDS


Lance Corporal Joseph McFarlane Pool

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 

Lance Corporal Pool, aged 26, from Greenock, enlisted in the Army in August 2003. After completing the Combat Infantryman's Course at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick he joined 1st Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers before the formation of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in March 2006.

He accrued a raft of operational experience during his time in the Army, completing tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan; often selected for demanding specialist roles on operations on the basis of his enthusiasm and natural talent for his chosen profession. Equally charismatic in barracks as he was in the field, he prided himself on his position as a battalion Physical Training Instructor.

Lance Corporal Pool died doing a job he loved surrounded by men proud to call him a friend. He will be sorely missed by all his colleagues in both 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Brigade Reconnaissance Force.

His dedication to his comrades on the battlefield was only surpassed by that to his family; his fiancée Lynsey and sons Lee and Jamie were never far from his thoughts. He also leaves behind his mother and father, Stella and Roddy, and brother Ryan.

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Changes to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme that will mean significant increases to the awards paid to injured personnel have been published in a report by the Ministry of Defence today.

The changes, which will see an average 25 per cent increase to awards paid for injuries due to service, will be introduced following the recommendations from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) Review, carried out by former Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral the Lord Boyce last year.

The scheme pays a tax-free lump sum for injuries due to service, with the most seriously injured given a tax-free, index-linked Guaranteed Income Payment for life. This payment will be increased under the current changes to better reflect the lasting impact of injuries on future likely promotions and on the ability to work up to age 65.

Other changes include:

- an increase, which averages in excess of 25 per cent, to all lump sum award payments - except the top award which was
recently doubled to £570,000

- nearly tripling the maximum award for mental illness from £48,875 to £140,000 in order to accurately reflect the impact of the most serious mental health conditions

- the creation of a new independent medical expert group to advise on compensation for specific, relevant illnesses and injuries such as hearing loss and mental health

- a revised approach to awarding compensation for multiple injuries, whereby all injuries sustained will receive some compensation.

The changes are detailed in 'The Review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme - One Year On' report

All personnel who have already received an award under the scheme since its introduction in 2005 will have their case automatically revisited and will receive an uplift based on the new award levels.

The AFCS Review was assisted by an independent scrutiny group that included Service charities, medical experts, serving personnel and veterans and announced its recommendations for improvements in February 2010.

Since that date the MOD has been working to draft and introduce the legislation required to bring the changes into force.

Andrew Robathan, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, said:

"I am determined to ensure the care and support we give both our injured Service personnel and our veterans is the best possible. These changes show the Government's commitment to helping our wounded and will result in a significant uplift for many who have already claimed, as well as all future claimants.

"Crucially, nobody will lose out as a result of these changes - indeed, nearly all will receive an uplift to the amount they received."


The Public Accounts Committee published its 23rd Report of Session 2010-2011. This report on the Major Projects 2010, on the basis of evidence from the MoD, examined its progress in meeting cost, time and performance targets for its 15 top-spending military equipment projects. Progress made by the MoD on individual defence equipment projects, has been overshadowed by continuing failure on important major projects. Unaffordable decisions taken in the short-term have led to the inevitable waste of billions of pounds over time. In the wake of the Defence Review, the MoD has still to spell out if and how it has got its defence procurement budget under control.

In one previous hearing, where the focus was on only four projects, over £8 billion of taxpayer's money was identified, which had been written off or incurred simply for reasons of delay. The scale of the budget shortfall has pressurised the MoD into taking difficult decisions to cancel important military capabilities like Nimrod and Sentinel, thereby increasing operational risks and writing off nearly £5 billion. The Department has also taken short-term decisions to delay and re-scope individual projects to keep its in-year spending within the voted limits. Such decisions have been taken without a full understanding of the financial implications. The consequence has been hugely damaging; in just one year an increase of over £3 billion in the overall cost of the Department's major projects.


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Service appointments: February 2011
Royal Navy

Commander R. Wood to be promoted Captain and to be Executive Assistant to Commander in Chief Fleet in succession to Captain D.J.Noyes with effect from February 2011.

Commodore R.R.Best, OBE, to be a member of the Nuclear Governance Study with effect from February 2011.

Commodore the Hon M.C.N.Cochrane, OBE, to be Commodore Portsmouth Flotilla in succession to Commodore M.R.B.Wallace with effect from August 2011.

Captain P.A.Chivers, OBE, to be promoted Commodore and to be Commanding Officer Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton in succession to Brigadier M.J.D.Noble with effect from March 2011.

Captain J.R.H.Clink, OBE, to be promoted Commodore with effect from May 2011 and to be Deputy Commander UK Maritime Forces in succession to Commodore S.J.Ancona, with effect from June 2011 and then to be Commander Task Force 150 at a date to be confirmed.

Colonel M.L.Smith, MBE, Royal Marines, to be promoted Acting Brigadier and to be Deptuy Director Engagment within the Defence Reform Unit with effect from January 31, 2011.

Captain M.S.Harrison, Royal Navy, to be Chief Staff Officer (Engineer) Surface Ships within Navy Command Headquarters in succession to Captain F.R.Forsey, Royal Navy, with effect from January 25th, 2011.

Captain M.C.Evans, Royal Navy, to be Chief of Staff Maritime Warfare School in succession to Captain A.M.H.Jenkin, Royal Navy with effect from February 15th 2011.

Captain K.E.Blount, Royal Navy, to be Chief of Staff Maritime Battle Staff in succession to Captain P.A.Chivers OBE, Royal Navy, with effect from April 2011.

Captain S.Dainton, Royal Navy, to be to be Captain Navy Plans vice Captain P.J.Titterton, OBE, Royal Navy, with effect from June 2011.

Royal Air Force

Air Commodore R.D.Gammage to be the Defence Technical Training Change Programme Integrated Project Team Leader, Ministry of Defence, on March 1st, 2011, in succession to Brigadier A.D.Harking, OBE.

Group Captain S.J.Kell, to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Deputy Director Legal Services (RAF), Headquarters Air Command on July 14th, 2011, in succession to Air Commodore W.H.Bloothby, who is retiring from the Service.


Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Treatment of around 20,000 people who suffer major trauma each year is set to improve as the Government announces significant new investment into trauma and microbiology research.
The Department of Health, the Ministry of Defence, University Hospitals Birmingham and University of Birmingham are investing £20 million in a new initiative to share medical lessons learned. The initiative will bring both military and civilian trauma surgeons and scientists together to share innovation in medical research and advanced clinical practice in the battlefield to benefit all trauma patients in the NHS at an early stage of injury.
The new National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for surgical reconstruction and microbiology will be set up at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where all injured service personnel are currently treated after evacuation from the frontline in Afghanistan.
Research will focus initially on today's most urgent challenges in trauma including:
• identifying effective resuscitation techniques;
• surgical care after multiple injuries or amputation; and
• fighting wound infections.
For every trauma fatality in England, there are two people who are left with severe and often permanent injuries. Currently, variable research into trauma care means advances are not always shared across the NHS. The new NIHR centre will form a central point in England for trauma research where knowledge can be translated into real improvements in care for all NHS patients and beyond. It will be the first and only research centre of its kind in the UK to focus both on military and civilian care and treatment.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
"The new NIHR Centre will fund world-leading research to help people recover better and faster from severe injuries. There have already been significant developments in advanced emergency treatment and transportation but more medical research is needed.
"This investment will help to strengthen the response of health and emergency services to major disasters such as road traffic accidents and terrorist attacks in the future. It will also help to make the NHS leaders in the world of trauma care - helping to improve treatment and care in the NHS and around the world. This investment also reflects our commitment to health research in the strongest possible way."
Defence Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Andrew Robathan said:
"The medics who work for our Armed Forces are recognised the world over for pioneering new advances in trauma care and quite rightly so. Those who have been injured defending their country deserve the very best standards of care. I am proud that the MoD is investing £10 million in the new NIHR Centre, which will allow us to develop new techniques to treat our soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and allow military surgeons to share our skills and knowledge with the NHS."
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Director General of Research and Development at the Department of Health and (interim) Chief Medical Officer said:
"I am delighted to be establishing the new NIHR Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology, in collaboration with our partners in the Ministry of Defence and in Birmingham, which will be unique in this country.
"Translational research efforts are needed to target the early phase of injury in order to develop novel therapies and interventions for pre-hospital and early in-hospital trauma care. The cross-learning fostered between the military and civilian health care settings will improve treatment options and care for all patients".
The Surgeon General, Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli said:
"This is a hugely important initiative building on the strong partnership between the MoD and DH. The new centre will play a key role in building scientific evidence from injuries sustained in both military and civilian environments. All our patients will benefit now and in the future as new treatments are developed and shared across the NHS and the military."
Julie Moore, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust:
"We are delighted to become the UK's only NIHR Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology. It is recognition of the work undertaken by the Trust and our partners over a number of years. It will provide us with the opportunity to build academic knowledge around pioneering clinical innovations, often performed for the first time to save lives and limbs. It will also allow us to use and develop basic science techniques to then critically examine and translate into clinical practice for the benefits of patients."
Giving the centre the best possible clinical direction from the start will be its interim chair Professor Sir Keith Porter, who is the UK's only Professor of Clinical Traumatology and has developing world-class treatment for injured military servicemen and women for the past 10 years.
Many more people survive injuries, when not so long ago they would have died due to the rapid loss of blood and severe trauma. Overcoming severe limb, head, face, burn injuries and infections can take years to treat requiring lifelong rehabilitation.
The nature of military injuries are often very complex and can in some cases require years of after care and rehabilitation.
The funding will offer researchers and medical students at the University unprecedented opportunities to work and learn with the very best in their field.


Service appointments: January 2011

Royal Navy
Rear Admiral C.A.Johnstone-Burt, OBE, to be Head of British Defence Staff (USA) and Defence Attache from November 2011 in succession to Air-Vice-Marshall M.J.Harwood, CBE.

Royal Marines
Brigadier D.A.Hook, CBE, Royal Marines, to be promoted Major General and to be Director Force Reintegration HQ International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan, in succession to Major-General Jones (Army), with effect from October 2011.


, Late RE, Director of Personal Services (Army), Headquarters Land Forces, April 2011

, Late RE, Commandant, Headquarters Royal School of Military Engineering, July 2011

, Late KORBR, Director Infantry, Headquarters Infantry, April 2011

, Late D and D, Commander Collective Training Group, Land Warfare Centre, February 2011

, Late Mercian, Commander Initial Training Group, February 2011

, Late WG, Director Training (Army), Headquarters Land Forces, January 2011

N.J.H. Jones
, Late AGC (ALS), Deputy Director Service Prosecutions, Head Quarters Army Prosecutions Authority (UK), October 2011

, Late RLC, Deputy Chief of Staff Support Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps France, September 2011

, Late RRF, Commander, Headquarters British Forces South Atlantic Islands, May 2011

, Late R Signals, Head of Network Technical Authority, Information Systems and Services, Defence Equipment and Support, March 2011

, Late R Anglian, Defence Attache Riyadh, February 2011


121 UK Service personnel and 46 civilians have been honoured either for work in the Ministry of Defence or in other aspects of UK Defence.


As Companions
Rear Admiral Amjad Mazhar HUSSAIN
Rear Admiral Robert Thomas LOVE OBE


As Knight Commander
Vice Admiral Richard Jeffery IBBOTSON CB, DSC

As Commanders
Commodore Michael Peter MANSERGH
Commodore Christopher Michael Howard STEEL ADC

As Officers
Commander James Stephen DONNELLY
Commodore David John EVANS
Commander David John FAULKS
Commander Stuart Brian FURNESS
Captain Anthony Paul HOLBERRY
Captain Timothy Frederick Wilkins MARTIN
Commander Andrew Carnegie STEWART

As Members
Lieutenant Commander Stephen Edward ADAMSON
Lieutenant Commander Reginald Paul William BELL
Lieutenant Commander Andrew Patrick CLARKE
Captain Robert Nigel GINN Royal Marines
Major Mark John HARDIE Royal Marines
Lieutenant Commander Richard Simon HARRISON
Lieutenant Commander Anthony William Jervis JENKS
Warrant Officer Class 2 John Stuart JONES Royal Marines
Warrant Officer Class 1 Alistair McGILL QGM Royal Marines
Lieutenant Commander Paul NIMMONS
Lieutenant Commander Jack RICKARD
Chief Petty Officer (Diver) William SHARP
Warrant Officer Class 1 Ronald SINCLAIR Royal Marines
Lieutenant Rachel SMALLWOOD
Colour Sergeant Laird WEBSTER Royal Marines


Chief Petty Officer Naval Nurse Louise Stephanie SPELLER



As Knight Grand Cross
General Sir David Julian RICHARDS, KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, late Regiment of Royal Artillery

As Knight Commander
Lieutenant General David Robert BILL,CB, late Corps of Royal Engineers

As Companions
Major General Gerald William BERRAGAN, late Royal Regiment of Artillery
Major General Timothy Gordon INSHAW, late Royal Corps of Signals
Venerable Archdeacon Stephen ROBBINS, QHC, late Royal Army Chaplains' Department


As Commanders
Brigadier Michael Trevor GRIFFITHS, late King's Own Royal Border Regiment
Colonel Robert James HERRING, late The Royal Logistic Corps
Brigadier James Ian Stuart PLASTOW, MBE, late The Royal Green Jackets
Colonel Christopher Robert Francis RIDER, late The Staffordshire Regiment
Brigadier Christopher Linley TICKELL, OBE, late Corps of Royal Engineers

As Officers
Colonel Colin Mark ABRAHAM, late The Royal Logistic Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Godson Eyre BARTHOLOMEW, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Lieutenant Colonel James Jonathan BRASHER, The Yorkshire Regiment
Colonel Charles Walter Francis Mowbray COX, TD, late Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Army
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Roy HICKS, TD, Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Army
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew James LARGE, Royal Corps of Signals
Lieutenant Colonel David Hugh MEYER, AFC, Army Air Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Michael James Vernon SMITH, Army Air Corps

As Members
Major Phillip John ABRAM, Royal Corps of Signals
Major Jeremy Bayard BARRON, The Royal Irish Regiment
Major Thomas Julian BATEMAN, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Major James Richard BRYDEN, The Yorkshire Regiment
Major Michael Edward George CALDICOTT, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Andrew John CERSON, Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)
Major John Lockhart CLARK, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major Andrew Robert DEVEY, Corps of Royal Engineers
Acting Lieutenant Colonel James McShane DOCHERTY, West Lowland Army Cadet Force
Major Simon John DOYLE, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Chaplain to the Forces (3rd Class) Ian Robert GAMBLE, Royal Army Chaplains' Department, Territorial Army
Captain Andrew Steven GEE, The Royal Logistic Corps
Captain Robert Martin GILLESPIE, The Royal Irish Regiment
Colour Sergeant David Alan HUMMERSTON, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Major Samuel Leslie HUMPHRIS, The Yorkshire Regiment
Major Toby Clive Mainprise-King JACKMAN, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Captain James Andrew KEELEY, Grenadier Guards
Major Andrew Gordon LEWIS, The Royal Logistic Corps
Captain Noel Robert Henry MAGILL, The Mercian Regiment
Captain Keith John MAHONEY, The Mercian Regiment, Territorial Army
Captain Craig Alexander McBURNEY, The Rifles
Captain Ian Stephen MOORE, The Royal Welsh, Territorial Army
Major Nicholas Paul MOTT, Welsh Guards
Colour Sergeant John Paul MYERS, Welsh Guards
Major Shaun Howard NIELD, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Territorial Army
Captain Simon Leslie John OLIVER, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Captain Andrew PEMBERTON, The Rifles
Captain Clive PHILLIMORE, The Royal Logistic Corps
Sergeant Sean Peter POWELL, Corps of Royal Engineers
Staff Sergeant Wesley Robert QUIGLEY, Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Captain Michael REED, The Light Dragoons
Warrant Officer Class 1 Nicola SEYMOUR, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Captain Jay SHAW, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Warrant Officer Class 2 Paul Andrew SIMPSON, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Captain Andrew John SLATER, QGM, The Parachute Regiment
Staff Sergeant Robert SMITH, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major David Mark STANBRIDGE, QGM, The Parachute Regiment
Chaplain to the Forces (3rd Class) Alan Christopher STEELE, Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Captain Stephen Brian SUTHERLAND, The Royal Logistic Corps
Captain Mark Robert TODD, Royal Corps of Signals
Major Mark William TORPY, AFM, Army Air Corps
Warrant Officer Class 2 Raymond Allan WALL, The Parachute Regiment


Sergeant Robert Colin Michael BURNS, The Royal Logistic Corps, Territorial Army
Captain Shaun David LAMMING, The Parachute Regiment, Territorial Army
Major Michael Paul ROWE, The Royal Logistic Corps, Territorial Army
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Louis SHIEFF, TD, Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Army



As Knight Commander
Air Chief Marshal Simon BRYANT CBE ADC

As Companions
Air Marshal Christopher Mark NICKOLS CBE
Air Marshal Peter William David RUDDOCK CBE
Air Marshal David WALKER CBE AFC


As Commanders
Group Captain Jonathan BURR OBE DFC
Group Captain Richard John Christopher POWELL OBE

As Officers
Group Captain Nigel James COLMAN
Wing Commander Andrew John COOPE
Group Captain Colin Hugh HICKMAN
Wing Commander Andrew Timothy MARTIN
Wing Commander Simon Christopher PRIOR
Wing Commander Harvey SMYTH
Group Captain Ian Richard TOLFTS

As Members
Squadron Leader Garry DONOVAN
Corporal Karen Elizabeth EDWARDS
Master Aircrew Andrew Michael GILLETT
Reverend (Squadron Leader) Ruth Victoria HAKE
Corporal Kristian Lawrence HARRISON
Squadron Leader Richard James HILLARD
Master Aircrew Darren ISAAC
Flight Sergeant Richard Leslie KNOWLES
Flight Lieutenant Jacqueline Aileen MACDONALD
Sergeant John MCCLYMONT
Warrant Officer Christopher Charles MILES
Squadron Leader Paul Michael ROSE
Squadron Leader Stephen STANTON
Warrant Officer Derek WINTRIP
Reverend (Squadron Leader) Edward Laurence WYNN


Flight Lieutenant Anthony Whinton NICOL

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