Air Marshal Edward Stringer (Ret’d) CB CBE

Air Marshal Edward Stringer (Ret’d) CB CBE
Air Marshal Edward Stringer CB CBE is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange. He is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer and Director-General of the Defence Academy. He also served as Director-General of Joint Force Development, Strategic Command from April 2018 to March 2021. He served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff from April 2013 to January 2015, and as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) from March 2015 to 2018.

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The Iran Question and British Strategy

  Download Publication   Online Reader British strategy must go beyond preserving the status quo. This no longer exists. Two decades of Iranian expansion and regional turmoil (including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) have produced a new and evolving balance of power that currently favours Iran. British policy objectives should include maintaining freedom of access to and movement through the Middle East’s maritime chokepoints, in coordination with allies the […]

Affording the Integrated Review

Download Publication Online Reader The West should address energy security as it would in wartime – as a key government responsibility addressed with an appropriate balance between risk and threat. Now that it is over a year since the Government published its Integrated Review of Foreign, Security and Defence policy, Air Marshal Stringer looks at the challenges facing the UK in the short, medium and long term.  Air Marshal Stringer, […]

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