Alan West

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Admiral Alan William John West, Lord West of Spithead (born 21 April 1948) is a security advisor to the British government. He has a background in military intelligence.


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. [1] 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.[2]

He was a member of the Defence Advisory Board of the controversially privatised defence and security technology company QinetiQ from 2006–07. [3]

Contact, References and Resources




  1. Profile: Alan West, BBC News Online, 8 July 2007
  2. Profile: Alan West, BBC News Online, 8 July 2007.
  3. ‘WEST OF SPITHEAD’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007