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J.B.A. Bailey

Major General Jonathan B. A. Bailey, CB, MBE, PhD, retired from the British Army in 2005. His last military appointment was as Director General Development and Doctrine, looking at the Future Army 2015–2030, the emerging strategic environment and the Army’s future concepts, doctrine, structures and equipment. He was responsible for the British Army’s relations with all other armies and planning future interoperability with them. Previous appointments included Commanding Officer, 40th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery; Director, Army Defence Studies; Chief, Fire Coordination, Headquarters Allied Command Europe (ACE) Rapid Reaction Corps; and Director, Royal Artillery. Operational experiences included tours in Northern Ireland in the 1970s; commanding Assembly Place ROMEO (ZIPRA guerrillas, the military wing of the Zimbabwean African People’s Union, ZAPU) in Rhodesia in 1979–80; Officer Commanding Troops aboard the MV Baltic Ferry sailing to the South Atlantic in 1982; Operations Officer, 4th Field Regiment, RA, during the Falklands War; Chief, Joint Implementation Commission HQ Kosovo Force; and Chief NATO Liaison Officer to the Yugoslav General Staff and to the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999.

General Bailey is now the Director of the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies (CDISS) based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. He is also a consultant to the Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War at Oxford University. He gained his PhD in 2004. He enjoys writing on military history and international relations. His book Field Artillery and Firepower was published by AUSA/Naval Institute Press in 2004.