Brigadier Ben Kite was born in 1970 in Reading and joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1989, commissioning into the Intelligence Corps in 1990. His early military years were spent commanding infantry, EW, SIGINT and Military Intelligence soldiers in Germany, the UK and on operations in Belize and Bosnia.
As a Captain he held a broad range of appointments, including as the Intelligence Officer for the Special Boat Service, as a J2 staff officer in the US-led Headquarters for Operation PROVIDE COMFORT in southern Turkey/northern Iraq and as an instructor at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After a tour with 7th Armoured Brigade in Kosovo in 2001, he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course and obtained an MA.
Following Staff College, Brig Kite commanded a Military Intelligence Company in Germany and Iraq. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2007, he served as SO1 J2 at US CENTCOM, followed shortly thereafter by command of 4 Military Intelligence Battalion in 2008. This unit became involved in transforming the standard of tactical intelligence in Helmand; for their contribution to operational success in Afghanistan 4 Military Intelligence Battalion was awarded the Freedom of Marlborough and Brigadier Kite the OBE.
On promotion to Colonel in 2011 he served as the Deputy J2 in ISAF Joint Command, Kabul and on his return to the UK he was appointed as Colonel Army Strategy. He was selected for the UK’s Higher Command and Staff Course and was subsequently posted to the United States as CYBERCOM’s Senior British Military Advisor. In May 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier and appointed as Commander of the Joint Force Intelligence Group. In December of 2018 he assumed the role of Head of Capability Strategy and Development in the Army Information Directorate, responsible for the development of operational C4ISTAR technology.
Ben Kite is married to Elsa and has two daughters, he sails and fishes, but his primary passion is military history. His first book ‘Stout Hearts – The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944’ was published in November 2014. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.