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Dr Julian Lewis

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Julian Lewis is the Conservative MP for New Forest East, in Hampshire. In September 2010, he was appointed to the Intelligence and Security Committee. From November 2002 until May 2010, he was the Shadow Defence Minister for the Royal Navy, the nuclear deterrent and strategic issues. He held this post continuously, except for a period as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office between September 2004 and the May 2005 General Election.

Currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Defence Studies, in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London, Julian read Philosophy and Politics at Oxford before specialising in Strategic Studies.


He was awarded his doctorate in 1981 and a book based on his research, Changing Direction: British Military Planning for Post-war Strategic Defence 194247, was published in 1988. A second edition, based on newly-declassified archives, was published by Frank Cass in 2003, and as a University paperback by Routledge in 2008.

Julian's latest book, published by Pen & Sword in 2011, is Racing Ace, the story of the Great War and Schneider Trophy pilot, Samuel Kinkead DSO DSC* DFC*, who died in 1928 in a forerunner of the Spitfire whilst attempting to break the World Air Speed Record. 'Kink' is buried at Fawley in New Forest East.

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