RUSI JournalVolume 162Issue 2members only

The Deputy: Enhancing Command in the Twenty-First Century


The British Army is slowly recognising the valuable role which can be played by deputy commanders.

The British Army has traditionally been sceptical about the role of deputy commanders. However, on recent operations, deputy commanders have played an increasingly important executive role. In this article, Anthony King examines why they have become more important and analyses the deep cultural reasons that explain why – even today – the British Army has been slow to embrace the concept of the deputy commander.

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