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Professor Adrian Kendry

Former NATO Senior Defence Economist (2001-2014)


Adviser to the 12th NATO Secretary General  (2012-2014)

Visiting Chair In Economics and Security,

The University Of Winchester, England (2018-)


Professor Adrian Kendry was appointed NATO's Senior Defence Economist in late August 2001, a post he held until early 2014. In February 2018 Adrian accepted the offer of a three year (part-time) Visiting Chair in Economics and Security at the University of Winchester, England. In June, he facilitated a high-level visit and speech from Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive (Prime Minister), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the University of Winchester during the UK Visit from the Chief Executive.

During 2018, Adrian's profesional activities and commitments have included the following national and international lectures and presentations:

Balancing Strategic Ambitions and Resources in a Kaleidoscopic and Uncertain World  (the Masters in Strategy programme at the Strategy and Security Institute, Exeter University, January )

The Metamorphosis of NATO and the Trump Effect  (The Grimshaw Society of International Relations, London School of Economics, February)

Should the Post-War Global Political, Economic and Security Order be Preserved? (The Centre for Grand Strategy at Kings College London, March)

The Economic-Security Nexus: The Impact of Intersecting Technology Trends in 2018  (NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis Future 2019 Study and Programme, Cadiz, Spain, April)

 Understanding the Security, Economic and Political Dimensions of International Conflict and Cooperation (Boston University London, June)

The Challenges of Inequality and Artificial Intelligence: What Role for Religion and Culture in Mitigating Conflict?  ("Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace" International Conference, University of Winchester, June)

Investment and the Security Climate in Afghanistan: Shaping the Future in Building Regional Prosperity and Security  (First Afghanistan-United Kingdom Business Conference, DLA Piper, London, September)

The Metamorphosis of NATO and the Trump Effect: the Alliance in Troubled Times, Defence and Security Forum, London, September).

The Alarming Age of the Negative Sum: Srategies for Rebuilding Hope and Cooperation in Shaping Our Economic, Envionmental and Political Futures, University of York United Nations Association Special Lecture, October)

Losing My Religion: Secularisation, Prosperity and the Nexus Between Religion, Conflict and Peace (Enterprise Public Lecture, University of Winchester, October)

Economic Syndicate Analysis of Economics and Resources Trends and Implications for 3 Regions (Russia and Eastern Europe; North Africa; and the Arctic and High North), NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis 2019 Conference and Workshops, Budapest, November)

Professional Activities: 1996- 2017

1996-2001: Prior to his NATO appointment, he held the endowed Admiral William Crowe Chair in the Economics of the Defence Industrial Base at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis from 1996 to 2000, undertaking teaching, research and advice to ministers and senior officials at the British Embassy, Washington DC, senior officials at the Pentagon and senior executives in the aerospace and defense sector. During this American sojourn, he also held a visiting professorship in the economics of defense and acquisition at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey in 1999.

2001-2012: Adrian coordinated all NATO economic intelligence, including NATO's economic and energy security relations with Russia (following the establishment of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002) and countering the financing of terrorism in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11. In 2009 he was appointed Head of Defence and Security Economics in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division and, until 2012, provided economic intelligence analysis and papers to the Private Office of the Secretary Genera on Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and Gulf.

2012-2014, he advised the 12th NATO Secretary General (Anders Fogh Rasmussen) on the economic, security and defence spending challenges confronting the transatlantic Alliance and wrote a report for the NATO Defence Ministerial that focused on the strategic and economic security risks confronting Afghanistan in the coming decade.


Oral and written advice to various strategic NATO programmes, including the 2017 NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis Report, the 2015-2016 NATO Special Operations Forces programme Catalyst for Change and the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (US Marine Corps-led) 2015 study of Future NATO Defence Spending.

Leadership of the Global Economic Security syndicate discussion at the NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis workshop in Luzern (March 2016)

Chair and Speaker at high-level session at  Hybrid Warfare conference in Istanbul (Turkish Army War College, April 2016); Paper on The Security of Supply: the Strategic Chokepoints on Maritime Energy Transportation at a European Energy Security Conference in Warsaw (June 2016):  The Worldwide Economy: NATO's Role in Economic Security, (NATO Special Operations Forces Catalyst for Change programme, Chievres, Belgium (June 2016); Keynote speaker at the Colombo Defence Seminar in Sri Lanka focusing on Soft Power and Its Influence on Global Issues (September 2016);  Drected and contributed analysis on the global economic and security outlook at the NATO SFA conference in Bydgoszcz Poland (September 2016) (including a paper on The Future of Money and the Importance of  Blockchain Technology;  (November 2016), Smart Power and Smart Diplomacy, Global Diplomatic Forum, London, (November 2016)


Balancing Strategic Resources and Ambitions in a Kaleidoscopic World (MStrat Programme, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter, (January 2017)

Security Sector Governance: Defence Production, Sales and Procurement: Concluding (Razumkov Centre Kiev and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces, Kiev, February 2017)

Trump Presidency, Global Security and Implications for NATO and Europe (Prebend House Advanced Seminar programme at the University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (March 2017)

Is NATO fit for purpose? (Defence and Security Forum, London, (March 2017)

In-depth consultancy advice on global defence trends and global defence spending to a major international bank (April 2017)

Defence Institution Building: Programming Priorities and Key Challenges (Speaker at NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium and Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces, Geneva, conference)

Smart Diplomacy and Soft Power  (8th Edition of the Young Diplomats Global Forum in London (September 2017)

The Conflict Games: Understanding the Causes, Mechanics and Resolution of Conflict (Boston University London, September 2017)

Smart Diplomacy and Power in an Age of Political Turbulence and Digital Disruption  (Young Diplomats Forum, Riga, Latvia (September 2017).

Voices In The Wilderness: Confronting the Challenges And Obstacles to the effective implementation of NATO Economic Intelligence 2001-2014 (Oriel Oxford Colloquium on Education, Security and Intelligence Studies, Oxford, September 2017)

Unchaining Prometheus: Preserving and Strengthening the Post-War Global Political, Economic and Security Order (the University of York United Nations Association, November 2017)

The European Union After 60: The Future of Foreign and Defence Policy (European Studies Association, University College, London, December 2017)

London Diplomatic Summit (Smart Regions: Rethinking Regionalism for the 21st Century (Moderator for the Africa Session, December 2017)

Adrian is a consulting member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London and in July 2016 contributed an essay on NATO Defence Spending and the Warsaw Summit-Will There Be a BREXIT effect?  Following the UK Referendum on the European Union in June 2016 , he co-authored (with Edward Christie and Nick Hare) a short essay Creating National Unity over UK-EU Relations for the Harvard International Review, an essay that remains entirely relevant to the ongoing chaos and confusion surrounding the UK and EU over Article 50 and the timetable and conditions for the UK withdrawal from the EU.A British citizen. Routledge will publish his book chapter The View from the Bridge: Navigating the Challenges, Frustrations and Legacy of NATO Economic Intelligence 2001-2014 in a forthcoming (2019) Handbook on Education, Intelligence and Security Studies.

Adrian lives in Herefordshire, having previously lived for more than ten years in London, fourteen years in Brussels and more than ten years in the United States. He has degrees from Queen Mary College, London and speaks French, Italian, Swedish (Swedish mother) and some German.