de Silva


Richard de Silva (BA, MA) is the Editor-in-Chief of and Defence Industry Bulletin, reporting on matters of defence, security and intelligence. He is a regular face at leading trade show events, including Eurosatory, DSEi, Farnborough Air Show and the Counter Terror Expo, and has interviewed some of the world’s most senior military leaders, including Gen Sir Peter Wall (British Army), Gen Mike Hostage (US Air Force), Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Director, US DIA), and Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri (NATO; OUP naval commander).

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Defence IQ spoke with Brigadier General Roberto DiMarco, Deputy Commander of NATO's Deployable Air Command...Full Article »
With the ‘surprise’ announcement of a general election to take place on June 8th, Britain finds itself facing a number of critical decisions at home and abroad that will greatly impact defence. Defence IQ looks at the existing defence policies across the major political parties, including the voting records of its leaders in the House of Commons....Full Article »
Hanif Qadir, founder of a youth mentoring group and counter-extremist campaigner, condemns the UK government’s Prevent campaign and its 'misguided' selection process when it comes to funding P/CVE organisations....Full Article »
This year’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (30th May - 1st June, 2017; Copenhagen, Denmark) will bring together world-leading SAR professionals and innovative equipment manufacturers, in a forum which will deliver fresh ideas and options to first responders.This high-level meeting will also share crucial insight into the strategic elements of...Full Article »
Last week, the International Armoured Vehicles conference and exhibition saw its 17th annual iteration. The event has become the world's premier forum dedicated to the armour community, seeing experiences shared between military and business leaders, with new platforms and equipment on display. Here, we round-up just a few of the most...Full Article »
Major General Karl Engelbrektson, commander of the Army of Sweden, delivered a keynote brief at International Armoured Vehicles 2017 (London, UK). Here, he tells Defence IQ's Richard de Silva why he believes his country's vehicle plans must always be considered within the context of operations and what he feels will be the biggest game-...Full Article »
The nation of Chile relies heavily on its armed forces being able to access difficult to reach areas from both land and sea, be it to confront security threats or to respond to natural disasters.Here, Commander Pablo von Unger Thauby, project manager for Integrated Development, Programs and Research at the Chilean Marine Corps, provides Defence IQ...Full Article »
Defence IQ explores some of the key stimuli for security enhancement in Latin America and the Caribbean, as threats ranging from illegal fishing to narcotrafficking continue to demand an effective, multi-agency response…JIATF-South  Joint Interagency Task Force South has become well known in the region as the U.S. Southern Command’s...Full Article »
Increasing numbers of contractors will be required to support the warfighter on operations, while also supporting low-intensity peacekeeping missions, according to one of the senior officers in charge of rebuilding Iraq. Major General (Rtd.) Timothy Cross, formerly the General Officer Commanding, Theatre Troops, Iraq, was also the man...Full Article »
From election surprises to international conflicts, 2016 certainly cannot be accused of being a slow year. For the world of defence, these events have delivered an undeniable strategic impact. Defence IQ looks back on these tumultous 12 months, including some of the positives and - importantly - the discussions that are helping to shape a...Full Article »
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