West was parliamentary under-secretary of state, security and counter-terrorism, at the UK Home Office from 2007 until May 2010. He also headed the National Security Forum at the Cabinet Office from 2007-10.
West was born on 21 April 1948. He was educated at Windsor Grammar School and Clydebank High School. He joined the navy aged 17, and during his career served on 14 different ships, commanding three of them. Since the Falklands, he has played a key strategic role in virtually all of Britain's major conflicts and naval manoeuvres.  From 1989 to 1992, he ran naval intelligence for the Ministry of Defence and co-ordinated operations during the first Gulf War. He was chief of Defence Intelligence and deputy chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee from 1997-2001. The period under his leadership covered the strikes against Iraq, the conflict in Kosovo and operations in Sierra Leone.
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