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The Oxford University Strategic Studies Group
Defence and International Issues, Number 10 Policy Unit
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About our speaker:
Dr Richard Freer graduated from Oxford in 1989 and joined the Ministry of Defence Fast Stream. After a series of scientific and technical appointments, in 1994 he switched to defence policy, being heavily involved in the post-Cold War transformation of NATO. He was heavily involved in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review, before deploying to Bosnia for 18 months, providing political advice to the NATO miitary operation. After a two year spell as head of operational policy at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters, in Northwood, he deployed in 2002 to Afghanistan. For the next 5 years he was heavily involved in the UK nuclear programme, first as Private Secretary to the Chief Scientific Adviser and then as the Deputy Director of the team considering renewal of the Trident system. After a further spell at the PJHQ, during which he was involved in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr Freer moved to the Cabinet Office as Head of the Defence and Security Policy team. In December 2009 he moved into 10 Downing Street as the Private Secretary for Defence issues and he has recently moved into the new No. 10 Policy Unit.