This meeting had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus, and was held as a Zoom conference on 29th July at 6.30pm.
Lecture by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe on “Current Security challenges facing NATO and the UK.” Sir Adrian is now Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
With cracks appearing within NATO, ongoing uncertainty in the Middle East, and President Trump’s antipathy, can NATO survive the challenges that lie ahead? We had an opportunity to hear first-hand from Sir Adrian.
His military career encompassed much of the world: including operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He served in an armoured regiment, as a pilot in Army-aviation and with the SAS – and was known as an innovator. As Deputy Supreme Commander of all NATO forces in Europe, he was responsible for planning and operations on behalf of 29 member-nations and many partner nations. In Afghanistan he was responsible for an alliance of 50 countries including 140,000 coalition personnel and 350,000 Afghan National Security Forces.
Today, as well as being Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Sir Adrian is strategic advisor to a Middle Eastern head of state, and he lectures in strategy at Kings College London. He has recently contributed to a House of Lords select committee report on UK foreign policy.