Colonel Philip Howes, OBE

Colonel 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 was complete.

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 Crimean War.

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.




DSF Executive


Lady Olga Maitland                     

President (Biography)


Rt.Hon. Lord Mayhew of Twysden         

Vice President (Biography)


Major General Patrick Cordingley 

Chairman (Biography)


Colonel Philip Howes, OBE             

Treasurer and Trustee


Honorary Patrons


Rt. Hon Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham

Rt. Hon. Baroness Blatch CBE

Baroness Cox

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt

General Sir Michael Gow GCB

Rt Hon. The Earl of Lauderdale

Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Sir Alfred Sherman

Professor Norman Stone

Rt. Hon. Sir John Wheeler, JP, DL