Professor John Louth

Strategic Advisor

John is a successful researcher and author and has an international reputation as a leading thinker in defence and security. He was the Director of Defence, Industries and Society research at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies between 2011 and 2019. John also serves as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, a non-executive Member of the UK Government’s Advisory Board to Chief of Defence, People and the senior non-executive director of Subsea Craft Ltd.

He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force for sixteen years before working as an executive in both the BMT Group and QinetiQ.  His work has included the audit and governance of the UK strategic deterrent, the implementation of risk-based governance regimes into energy businesses and government and industry partnering programmes.  John spent part of his career in the Middle East running separate national programmes to develop defence capabilities across a number of Gulf states. He has worked as a senior advisor to the European Defence Agency on the development of pan-European procurement policies and practices and provides visiting professorial lectures and PhD supervision to a number of universities.

John’s work is published across a broad spectrum of outlets and he is a regular commentator to UK and international media. His latest book on UK defence was published by Routledge in 2021.