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FounderArthur Wellesley
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
LeaderRoyal United Services Institute/Director
TypeThink tank
Sponsor ofInstitute for Strategic Dialogue
Sponsored bySmith Richardson Foundation
SubpageRoyal United Services Institute for Defence Studies/Fellows
Membership• Prince Edward
• David Petraeus
• William Hague
• John Scarlett
• James Hay
• John Hutton
• Paul Lever
• Rory McLean
• David Omand
• John Weston
• Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley
• Douglas Alexander
• Catherine Ashton
• Roger Bone
• John Dowdy
• Nik Gowing
• Nick Houghton
• Andrew Jamieson
• Alison Levitt
• Stephen Phipson
• Ian Willis
• James Arbuthnot
• Jane Attwood
• Menzies Campbell
• Robert Fry
• Bob Keen
• Sarah MacIntosh
• Greg Mills
• Andrew Parker
• Kathryn Parsons
• William Nye
• Rhodri Williams
• Rory Bremner
• Harper Reed
• David Giampaolo
• Mark Fox
• Michael Ridley
• Mina Gerowin
• Caroline Wyatt
• Chris DiBona
• Lowell Thomas
• Chris Parson
• Ralf Raddatz
• Christopher Short
• Patrick Chevallereau
• Brian J. Edwards
• Jeremy Blackham
• Thomas Boyd-Carpenter
• David Omand
• Peter Keith Levene
• Julian Oswald
• David Veness
• Gerald Grosvenor
• John Weston
• Paul Lever
• Kamal Alam
• Margaret Aldred
• Simon Ancona
• Roy Anderson
• Henri Bentégeat
• Robert Fulton
• Lord Garden
• Bruce George
• Nik Gowing
• Timothy Granville-Chapman
• John Howe
• John Kiszely
• Jamie MacIntosh
• Eliza Manningham-Buller
• Susanna Mason
• Mungo Melvin
• Cornelia Meyer
• Richard Myers
• Pauline Neville-Jones
• Edward Oakden
• Kevin O'Donoghue
• David Omand
• Wolfgang Schneidehan
• Julian Scopes
• Andrew Sleigh
• Nicholas Soames
• Peter Spencer
• Jock Stirrup
• Ian Stopps
• Hew Strachan
• Ian Thomas
• Richard Norton-Taylor
• Chris Pope Richard Cobbold
• Michael Clarke
• Jonathan Eyal
• Keith Hayward
• Mark Joyce
• Amyas Godfrey
• Michael Rance
• Kenneth W. Allen
• Christopher Boucek
• Humphry Crum Ewing
• Ken Freeman
• M. J. Gohel
• Ellie Goldsworthy
• John Hughes-Wilson
• Tony Hulton
• Irina Isakova
• George Joffé
• James Ker-Lindsay
• David Kirkpatrick
• Paul Latawski
• Jon Marks
• Graham Messervy-Whiting
• Elizabeth Windsor
• Igor Sutyagin
• John Cockroft

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the oldest defence and security think tank in the world.

Official narrative

The group's stated purpose is to "study, promote debate and provide options on all issues relating to national and international defence and security".[1] Published six times a year, the RUSI Journal is the Institute's flagship publication on national and international defence and security issues.


Founded in 1831 by Arthur Wellesley it is based in the centre of Whitehall. It states that "its original mission "was to study naval and military science, what Clausewitz called the art of war. It still does so." This has extende dinto areas of defence management and defense procurement. In recent years it has broadened it remit " to include all issues of defense and security, including "terrorism" and the ideologies which foster it."

Its special guests in recent years have included President Bush, the Prime Minister, The secretary general of NATO and the Director General of the Security Service. The chief of Defence Staff traditionally speaks at RUSI once a year.

RUSI Governing Bodies


Her Majesty the Queen[2]


His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC (Prince Edward)

Senior Vice-President

General (Ret'd) David H Petraeus


The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond (William Hague)


Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE


Dr James Hay

The Rt Hon. the Lord Hutton of Furness (John Hutton)

Sir Paul Lever KCMG

Vice Admiral Rory McLean CB OBE

Professor Sir David Omand GCB

Mr John Weston CBE


His Grace the Duke of Wellington OBE DL (Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley)

The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander

The Rt Hon the Baroness Ashton GCMG (Catherine Ashton)

Sir Roger Bone KCMG

Mr John Dowdy

Mr Nik Gowing

The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond

General the Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE ADC

Mr Andrew Jamieson

Ms Alison Levitt QC

Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE

Mr Stephen Phipson CBE

Mr Ian Willis


The Rt Hon the Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom

Ms Jane Attwood

The Rt Hon Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE QC (Menzies Campbell)

Lt Gen (Ret'd) Sir Robert Fry KCB CBE

Mr Bob Keen

Ms Sarah MacIntosh

Dr Greg Mills

Mr Andrew Parker

Ms Kathryn Parsons MBE

Mr William Nye LVO

Dr Rhodri Williams

Mr Rory Bremner FKC

Mr Harper Reed

Mr David Giampaolo

Mr Mark Fox

Mr Michael Ridley

Ms Mina Gerowin

Ms Caroline Wyatt

Mr Chris DiBona


Brigadier General Lowell Thomas

Brigadier Chris Parson

Brigadier General Ralf Raddatz

Brigadier General Christopher Short

Rear Admiral Patrick Chevallereau

Air Commodore Brian J Edwards


The RUSI has many interesting fellows as well, including many spooks, diplomats and military movers and shakers.

Full article: Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies/Fellows

The RUSI Council 2010




Associate Fellows

Dr. Valur Ingimundarson Associate Fellow | Prof. Keith Hayward Associate Fellow | Mark Joyce Americas Fellow | Amyas Godfrey Associate Fellow | Michael Rance Associate Fellow | Kenneth W Allen Associate Fellow | Christopher Boucek | Humphry Crum Ewing Associate Fellow | Ken Freeman Associate Fellow | M J Gohel Associate Fellow | Ellie Goldsworthy | John Hughes-Wilson Associate Fellow | Tony Hulton Associate Fellow | Dr. Irina Isakova Associate Fellow | George Joffé Associate Fellow | Dr. James Ker-Lindsay Associate Fellow | David Kirkpatrick Associate Fellow | Dr Paul Latawski Associate Fellow | Jon Marks | Major General (Retd) Graham Messervy-Whiting CBE Associate Fellow[3]


Employees on Wikispooks

Karin von HippelRoyal United Services Institute/Director-General30 November 2015
James SherrRoyal United Services Institute/Director-General19831985
Richard WaltonSenior Associate FellowJanuary 2016


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