John Hughes-Wilson

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Member ofRoyal United Services Institute for Defence Studies
Interests • military history
• intelligence agencies
Author and broadcaster specialising in military-historical and intelligence matters

John Hughes-Wilson is a full time author and broadcaster specialising in military-historical and intelligence matters. He has commentated widely on military and intelligence subjects.


After initial service as an infantry officer with the Sherwood Foresters, during his 25 years in the Intelligence Corps and as a Special Forces Operations officer, he saw active service in the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Arabia, and Northern Ireland as well in Whitehall and NATO.[1]

He retired in 1994 as a Colonel on NATO's International Political Staff [Brussels]. His military career also included posts: Head of Policy Section and Senior British Intelligence Officer, SHAPE. [Mons] and Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Special Forces. UK/ NATO appointments, Command and Staff.[1]

Since retiring from the Army he has travelled and lectured extensively. He has trained the Palestinian Police in Gaza on intelligence for counter-terrorism and improvised explosive devices for the EU, plus numerous other training contracts for the UN in the Balkans, the Swiss General Staff and the UNDP. He supervised Cranfield University’s Intelligence module for the Global Security MSc for ten years and has been a visiting university lecturer for a number of universities as well as international corporations such as Shell, Reuters, IBM, UBS and the City of London.[1]

In addition to being an Associate Fellow of RUSI and member of the RUSI Journal's Advisory Board, he is also an Archives Bi-Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge. His works include: Puppet Masters: The Secret History of Intelligence (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2004), Military Intelligence Blunders, 1999 [new edition, 2004], Blindfold and Alone (with Cathryn Corns), 2001 and Editor, with international experts, of Nuclear Strategy for the 21st Century 1996 [2]


A Document by John Hughes-Wilson

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Maggie's Guilty SecretarticleDecember 2013Arms-to-Iraq
William Casey
Margaret Thatcher
Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
Allivane International
Scott Report
October surprise conspiracy
A brief resume of the "Arms to Iraq affair" by a former colonel on NATO's international political staff in Brussels. It revisits the abortive rescue of US diplomatic staff held hostage by Iran under President Carter, paving the way for the UK to supply arms to both sides in the soon-to-follow Iran-Iraq war in covert defiance of UN sanctions. The affair remains one of ultra-sensitivity to the UK Establishment which has been engaged in a monumental cover-up ever since.