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Defence and Security Industrial Strategy examined

19 April 2021

The Committee will discuss the Government’s Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS) with Professor John Louth, independent author and defence analyst, and Paul Hough, defence business consultant.

Issues include how the DSIS fits the priorities in the Integrated Review and whether the Ministry of Defence will be able to improve procurement.

Professor John Louth is an author and researcher working in the spaces where government, politics, the military, commerce, the third sector and general public intersect. Between 2011 and 2019, Professor Louth was the director of the defence, industries and society research programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Professor Louth is a specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons’ Defence Select Committee and, for the past ten years, was the UK representative on the pan-European research body for the European Union on defence capability and readiness. He served in the Royal Air Force for sixteen years before working as an executive in defence businesses. His latest book on UK defence policy and practice was published in 2019, his next book on defence exports will be published in 2022.

Paul Hough is experienced in commercial, business development, and strategy roles in the UK defence industry, as well as UK defence procurement, and has worked on a number of defence export campaigns. Hough started his career in procurement for British Aerospace (now BAE Systems). In 2000, he founded a consultancy business; Iconoclast. For the period 2013 to 2017 Hough worked with Rheinmetall Defence UK where he played a leading role on a number of major programmes including; the AJAX, Warrior Capability and Sustainment Programme (WCSP), Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme (CR2 LEP) and the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV). He has been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 2018.


Tuesday 20 April at 2.30pm

  • Professor John Louth, independent author and defence analyst
  • Paul Hough, defence business consultant

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