UK MoD announces appointment of first Joint Forces Commander

UK Ministry of Defence [MoD]
Posted: 09/14/2011
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has today announced that Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, currently Chief of Joint Operations and a previous Chief of Defence Intelligence, will become the first Commander Joint Forces Command (JFC).

The creation of the Joint Forces Command was a key recommendation in Lord Levene’s Defence Reform report, which was published in June as part of a wider package of radical reform. In his new role, Air Marshal Peach will be responsible for commanding and generating allocated joint capabilities from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Air Marshal Peach will take up post in December 2011 on promotion to Air Chief Marshal. His focus will be establishing a small headquarters by April 2012 before delivering full capability by April 2013.

A review of organisations and structures across the Services will continue throughout autumn to identify which functions should transfer to JFC. The initial details of the composition of the JFC and the location of its headquarters are expected in October.

Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said:

"I am honoured and delighted by this appointment. The creation of the Joint Forces Command represents a tremendous opportunity for the UK Armed Forces to deliver effective capability for the challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to working for defence to deliver, within my Command, the very best from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces."

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said:

"I have always been clear that I am determined to reform the way the MOD is run and bring it into the 21st century. The review carried out by Lord Levene set out a clear framework for a stronger Department through far-reaching reform. The creation of the Joint Forces Command is a key part of this reform and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach as its commander."

Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards said:

"Lord Levene's recommendations focused on strategic planning and operations and the establishment of Joint Forces Command will align authority and responsibility. The JFC is a key part of this process by ensuring we continue to develop close working relationships between the three services and I warmly welcome Air Marshal Peach as its commander."
UK Ministry of Defence [MoD]
Posted: 09/14/2011

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