Philip Howes has
been a member of Defence and Security Forum
since 1985. He was Chairman from 1997 to 2002. Treasurer and Trustee
from September 2002.
Colonel Howes was educated at Eastbourne College, and commissioned into
the Royal Artillery from Sandhurst in 1956. He qualified as an
Instructor-in-Gunnery in 1962 and is a graduate of The Staff College,
Camberley, and the National Defence College, Latimer.
In over thirty years in the Army Colonel Howes saw active service in
Cyprus, Jordan, Malaya, Northern Ireland and some Gulf States. He also
served at regimental duty in England and Germany, where he was Adjutant
of 24 Missile Regiment. He held senior staff appointments at
Headquarters, British Army on the Rhine and in the Ministry of Defence,
both on the Central Operations Staff and in the Army Department.
From 1978 to 1981 he was responsible for managing the budget for the
Army’s new equipment programme and was appointed OBE for this
service. During the Falklands War he was on the central planning staff
and a member of the War Cabinet briefing team. At the end of that war
he was promoted to head the Army Department branch responsible for
planning the logistic support of all Army operations worldwide, and in
this capacity devised and brought into service the seaborne logistic
system which supported the Falklands garrison until the permanent build
He left the Army to market the ‘Instant Harbour’
system worldwide making successful project proposals to the US
Department of Defence and the Government of Indonesia.
Since 1994 Colonel Howes has written, spoken and broadcast on related
themes of Defence and Military History. In 1998 he published "The
Catalytic Wars – a Study of the Development of Warfare
between 1860 and 1870". He also published a series of magazine articles
about the subsequent careers of the senior French commanders in the
In his capacity as Chairman of Defence and Security Forum he spoke in
two defence debates at the Conservative Party conference, debated
nuclear disarmament at both the Oxford Union and Cambridge Union, and
appeared on BBC TV Newsnight, It’s Your Shout and other
television and radio programmes.
Philip Howes, OBE, Treasurer and Trustee
Lord Mayhew of Twysden, Vice President (Biography)
General Patrick Cordingley, Chairman (Biography)
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and the public of the need to produce sufficient resources to ensure
the defence and security of this country.
is achieved in the first instance by debating current issues on
television, radio, in the press, in university lectures and debates,
and Security Forum organises public campaigns on major issues of the
day as they did in the months leading up to the Gulf War seeking public
support for the liberation of Kuwait.
DSF has had the great privelege of granting honourable patronage to a
small number of distinguished people over the years. These
Hon Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham
Ranulph Fiennes Bt
Sir Michael Gow GCB
Hon. The Earl of Lauderdale
Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick
Hon. Sir John Wheeler, JP, DL