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'Russian Approach to Strategy' by Carl Scott CBE AFC FRAeS

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Carl Scott CBE AFC FRAeS

A personal perspective on the character of Russian Strategy.  The speaker served as UK Defence Attache in Moscow from 2011 to 2016, offering an opportunity to witness, and attempt to understand, a critical period in the evolving relationship between Russia and its Western neighbours.  The aim is to consider the character of that strategy and its delivery through the decisions to engage in Ukraine and Syria.'

 Carl Scott CBE AFC FRAeS served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, departing the Service in 2016 as an Air Commodore, having spent 2011 to 2016 in the Russian Federation as the UK Defence Attaché.

Earlier service includes periods in the British Defence Staff in Washington DC; in HQ Land Forces, with responsibility for the training and conduct of operations for UK Battlefield Helicopter forces; in the Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Overseas Military Activity with responsibility for UK activity in the Gulf Region, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Group which formulated the UK response to the events of 9/11. 

In 2006 he established the UK Joint Helicopter Force in Afghanistan, serving as its first commander.  He served ten years in Special Operations forces, and has travelled extensively in the Gulf region liaising with commanders of the Armed Forces of Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Yemen.

He was decorated with the Air Force Cross for gallantry in the air, and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the conversation on Russia.  He also holds the French National Defence Medal, Echelon D’Or.

He has served across the spectrum of conflict, in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.  He has lectured at the US National Defence University, the NATO Defence College, the Royal Danish Staff College, the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK Joint Command and Staff College.