General Lord Richards Talks About His Role as CDS

Posted on February 3, 2018

General Lord Richards: “Some of the stupidities that we all saw in Afghanistan will not have been because of military men, but because of politicians interfered in our domain.”

The head of the UK’s armed forces should have the authority to command the three service chiefs, says former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Lord Richards.

However, he goes on to tell us that it is not always that easy.

He spoke to Forces News’ Charlotte Banks and stated that during his time in post the inability to give orders to the heads of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force led to “inefficiencies” and “confused priorities”.

An announcement is expected in the coming weeks as to who will be appointed as the new Chief of the Defence Staff, taking over from Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach who is taking up a role as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

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