Ben Barry

Ben Barry

Senior Fellow for Land Warfare

Main Responsibilities: In the Defence and Military Analysis Programme, Ben Barry is the IISS expert on the military aspects of modern warfare in general and land warfare in particular. This includes

  • Military analysis of recent and current conflicts: including Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and the conflict against ISIS. 
  • Higher management of defence:  formulation and execution of military strategy, defence reviews and reform. Including military modernisation, innovation and adaptation. 
  • Land forces capability: this includes key equipment capability such as tanks and armoured vehicles, artillery, missiles, combat engineering,  unmanned systems, infantry and cyber, as well as other capabilities including organisation, doctrine, personnel and training. It also includes the military implications of battlefield use of weapons of mass destruction. 
  • UK defence policy and capability. Current and future trends. 

Background: Ben Barry left the British Army in October 2010. A graduate of Sandhurst, the Army Staff College, the joint Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies, An infantry officer, he has commanded troops at every rank from Lieutenant to Brigadier and in every British infantry role apart from parachute. Regimental experience includes three Northern Ireland tours, two in intelligence appointments, Cold War soldiering in Germany and Berlin, and duties in France, Portugal, Canada and Hong Kong. He wrote “A Cold War; Frontline Operations in Bosnia” describing his battalion’s operational tour under both UN and NATO flags. He subsequently commanded a NATO brigade in Bosnia. He has instructed at the Rifle Depot, the School of Infantry and Shrivenham and has led Defence Diplomacy work in NATO countries, Central Asia and the Middle East. Staff appointments have mainly been in the MOD, including the commitments staff, Director General Staff, Director Force Development; responsible for assessing future capabilities across the UK forces, and finally as Head of MOD Streamlining; designing and then implementing reduction and rationalisation of the MOD. His final appointment was leading the British Army’s analysis of the lessons of the Iraq campaign.

Joined IISS: October 2010

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