Vol. 47 - No. 3
for Defence Planning and Operations
Focus on NATO
Buckley succeeded Anthony Cragg as Assistant Secretary General for Defence
Planning and Operations on 6 September 1999.
With a degree and Ph.D from London University, Edgar Buckley began his
career in the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1973 as an Administration
Trainee. In 1976 he was appointed Private Secretary to the Vice Chief
of the Air Staff. Two years later he was promoted and worked in Civilian
Management until 1980, when he was appointed Trident Finance Officer and
Assistant Director of Strategic Systems Finance. From 1984 to 1985, he
held the post of Assistant Director for Nuclear Policy. He was then appointed
Head of Resources and Programmes for the Navy. In 1990, he spent a year
at the Royal College of Defence Studies. In 1991, he conducted an Efficiency
Study on Defence Equipment Decision-making and a Reorganisation Study
on the Defence Policy Staff. From 1991 to 1992, he was Head of the Defence
Arms Control Unit at the MoD.
In 1992, Edgar Buckley was posted to Brussels for four years as Defence
Counsellor at the UK Delegation to NATO and the Western European Union.
Upon his return to London in August 1996, he was appointed Assistant Under
Secretary of State (Home and Overseas) in the MoD - responsible for policy
advice on all UK military operations and defence relations with countries
outside Europe and North America - a post he held until taking up his
current duties at NATO Headquarters.