Colonel Mike Dewar is best known as the leading commentator of his generation on defence and counter terror issues on TV, radio and in the national press. This followed a distinguished Military career during which he saw active service in Cyprus, Borneo and Northern Ireland. He is also the author of 15 published works on military history, the ex Deputy Director of the World's leading think tank The International Institute of Strategic Studies and latterly a successful businessman. There are few such high profile people who have progressed so seamlessly from one walk of life to another. Not only is he immensely knowledgeable on a range of military subjects but he is superbly equipped to talk about how they apply to civil society in general and the business environment in particular.
Mike Dewar was commissioned into The Rifle Brigade in 1962. He was a platoon commander in Cyprus and in the successful jungle campaign in Borneo, an instructor at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, served in Berlin and Germany during the Cold War, was a Company Commander in Northern Ireland, served as General Nigel Bagnall's principal operations Staff Officer in the British Corps HQ at the height of the Cold War, commanded The Light Division Depot and The 2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets and was the first Colonel Defence Studies.
He left the military in 1990 to take up an appointment as Deputy Director of the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies in London where he became a familiar face on the nation's TV screens as the leading UK commentator on The Gulf Wars, Iraq, Northern Ireland, the Bosnian conflict and more recently Afghanistan. Not only was he able to draw on his military experience but he also travelled to many of these conflict zones as part of his duties at the IISS.
Mike Dewar is an established author on military history and contemporary military issues. His best known works include The British Army in Northern Ireland which has been required reading at several Staff Colleges for many years; A History of Deception in Warfare; A History of Urban Warfare; Brush Fire Wars and An Anthology of Military Quotations. He also writes regularly for the national press on current defence issues. He speaks twice a year in Dublin on the Anglo Irish peace process.
What is perhaps the most unusual aspect of his career is that Mike Dewar set up his own Publishing, Marketing and PR Company after leaving the IISS and he still runs this. His clients have included Fujitsu Defence and Security, The Harris Corporation of America, Supacat, The British Frozen Food Federation, Iceland, Waitrose, the MOD, BAE Systems and many smaller companies. It would be difficult to find someone so deeply experienced at the interface between the military and the business environment. He has seen it from both sides of the fence, has started his own company after a successful military career, in itself most unusual, and, by definition, is an expert in change management.