Paul Rimmer, Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies and former Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence, was awarded a CBE for services to Defence, in the UK 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
A former Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Defence and Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence until May 2020, Professor Rimmer served for 37 years at the heart of the UK’s national security business. For 13 years, he was a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee.
During this time, he briefed at meetings of the UK’s National Security Council, the Cabinet and the government’s crisis management committee, COBR, delivering strategic intelligence assessments to inform and advise the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and senior military and civilian personnel.
Since becoming a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, Professor Rimmer has played a key role as part of the education team on the MA Intelligence and International Security programme. He has contributed extensively to the core module, Intelligence in Peace and War, leading sessions and discussions focused on a variety of key issues related to security and intelligence, including techniques for improving intelligence assessment. Students have benefitted from his unique perspective and experience, and have enjoyed his extremely frank and considered approach to teaching intelligence and security.
Professor Rimmer said:
I was both surprised and humbled to be recognised with a CBE and delighted at the wider recognition it also gives Defence Intelligence and its hugely talented civilian and military staff. I am thoroughly enjoying working with King's College London to pass on my experience.– Professor Paul Rimmer