After university, Chris Parry joined the Royal Navy as a Seaman Officer in 1972 and then became an Observer in the Fleet Air Arm in 1979. He was mentioned in despatches for his part in some of the actions described in this book. As well as several operational tours and Ministry of Defence appointments, he commanded HMS Gloucester, HMS Fearless and the UK's Amphibious Task Group. On promotion to Rear Admiral in 2005, he became the MOD's Director of Developments, Concepts and Doctrine. He was appointed a CBE in 2004. Now retired from the armed forces, he heads a company which specializes in geo-strategic forecasting.
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