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New British Chief of General Staff

(B2) Sir David Richards succeeds Richard Dannat as Chief of Staff of the British Army. Born in 1952, enlisted in the artillery at the age of 19, he served in the Far East and in Germany (29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, 11th Armored Brigade, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, etc.) not to mention operational tours in Northern Ireland, where the army is called to the rescue against the “terrorists” of the IRA. Promoted to brigadier general in 1996, he served at British operations headquarters from 1998: he notably supervised interventions in East Timor (1999) and Sierra Leone (2000). Head of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in April 2001, he served in Afghanistan, with IFAS between May 206 and February 2007, during which NATO extended its presence to the south and east of the country. Then he became commander-in-chief of the army. Married to Caroline, he has two daughters (Joanna and Pippa).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).