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Updated: 06-Dec-2000 NATO Review

Web edition
Vol. 47 - No. 3
Autumn 1999
p. 22

New Assistant Secretary General
for Defence Planning and Operations

Focus on NATO

Edgar 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.