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The Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff is a senior
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military officer who reports to the Chief of the Defence Staff and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.


Early Deputy Chiefs of the Defence Staff

These were: *1957 – 1960 – Lieutenant-General Sir
Roderick McLeod Lieutenant-general (United Kingdom), Lieutenant-General Sir Roderick William McLeod (15 January 1905 – 6 December 1980) was a British Army officer who achieved high office in the 1950s. Military career Educated at Wellington College (Berkshi ...
*1960 – 1962 – Air Marshal Sir
Alfred Earle Air Chief Marshal Sir Alfred Earle, (11 December 1907 – 27 March 1990) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War who later served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom), Vice-Chief of the Defence Staf ...

Alfred Earle
*1962 – 1964 – Lieutenant-General Sir Denis O’Connor ''Note:'' This single "Deputy Chief" role was redesignated Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff after 1964.


Current arrangements

There are currently three people with the post of Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (DCDS) at any one time. These are: *Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) *Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability) *Chief of Defence People


Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations)

In 1989–91, the Defence Operations Executive, led by the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) and including the Assistant Chiefs of the Naval, General, and Air Staffs, supervised the Joint Operations Centre which in turn passed orders to the forces in Cyprus, Belize, the Falklands, and Hong Kong. These commands consisted of units of all three services and were commanded by one or
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s. Commander British Forces (CBF)
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was a rotational post between the Army and RAF, at two-star level; CBF
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was an Army brigadier; CBF Falklands was a rotational post between all three services at two-star level; and CBF Hong Kong was an Army major general. These were:
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) *1985 – 1987 Vice-Admiral Sir John Woodward *1987 – 1989 Lieutenant-General Sir Antony Walker *1989 – 1992 Air Marshal Sir Kenneth Hayr *1992 – 1995 Vice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Nicholas Hill-Norton *1995 – 1997 Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Harley *1997 – 2000 Air Marshal Sir John Day *2000 – 2003 Lieutenant-General Sir Anthony Pigott *2003 – 2006 Lieutenant-General Robert Fry, Sir Robert Fry *2006 – 2007 Vice-Admiral Charles Style *2007 – 2009 Lieutenant-General Peter Wall (British Army officer), Sir Peter Wall Current title: Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy & Operations) *2009 – 2011 Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall *2011 – 2013 Lieutenant-General Richard Barrons *2013 – 2014 Lieutenant-General James Everard *2014 – 2016 Lieutenant-General Gordon Messenger *2016 – 2018 Lieutenant-General Mark Carleton-Smith *2018 – 2021 Lieutenant General Douglas Chalmers *2021 – Present Lieutenant General Roland Walker


Deputy Chiefs of the Defence Staff (Personnel and Training) / Deputy Chiefs of the Defence Staff (People)/Chief of Defence People

These were:
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes and Personnel) *1984 – 1987 Lieutenant-General John Chapple (British Army officer), Sir John Chapple *1987 – 1989 Air Marshal David Parry-Evans, Sir David Parry-Evans *1989 – 1992 Vice-Admiral Barry Wilson (Royal Navy officer), Sir Barry Wilson *1992 – 1996 Lieutenant-General the Hon. Thomas Boyd-Carpenter, Sir Thomas Boyd-Carpenter *1996 – 1999 Air Marshal Peter Squire, Sir Peter Squire Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel) *1999 – 2002 Air Marshal Malcolm Pledger, Sir Malcolm Pledger *2002 – 2005 Lieutenant-General Anthony Palmer (British Army officer), Anthony Palmer *2005 – 2007 Air Marshal David Pocock (RAF officer), David Pocock *2007 – 2010 Vice-Admiral Peter Wilkinson (Royal Navy officer), Peter Wilkinson Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel and Training) *2010 – 2013 Lieutenant-General Bill Rollo, Sir William Rollo Current title: Chief of Defence People *2013 – 2016 Lieutenant-General Andrew Gregory *2016 – 2020 Lieutenant-General Richard Nugee *2020 – Present Lieutenant-General James Swift (British Army officer), James Swift


Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Financial and Military Capability)

These were:
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Operational Requirements) *1967 – 1968 Air Marshal Neil Wheeler, Sir Neil Wheeler *1968 – 1971 Lieutenant-General Noel Thomas, Sir Noel Thomas *1971 – 1973 Vice-Admiral Ian McIntosh (Royal Navy officer), Sir Ian McIntosh *1973 – 1976 Air Marshal Michael Giddings, Sir Michael Giddings *1976 – 1978 Lieutenant-General Hugh Cunningham (British Army officer), Sir Hugh Cunningham *1978 – 1981 Vice-Admiral Stephen Berthon, Sir Stephen Berthon *1981 – 1983 Lieutenant-General Maurice Robert Johnston, Sir Maurice Johnston Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Systems) *1983 – 1986 Air Marshal Donald Hall (RAF officer), Sir Donald Hall *1986 – 1989 Vice-Admiral Jeremy Black (Royal Navy officer), Sir Jeremy Black *1989 – 1992 Lieutenant-General Anthony Mullens, Sir Anthony Mullens *1992 – 1994 Air Marshal Roger Austin, Sir Roger Austin Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) *1994 – 1995 Vice-Admiral Malcolm Rutherford Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Systems) *1995 – 1997 Vice-Admiral John Dunt, Sir John Dunt *1997 – 1999 Lieutenant-General Edmund Burton, Sir Edmund Burton Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) *1999 – 2002 Vice-Admiral Jeremy Blackham, Sir Jeremy Blackham *2002 – 2003 Air Marshal Jock Stirrup, Sir Jock Stirrup *2003 – 2006 Lieutenant-General Robert Fulton (Royal Marines officer), Sir Robert Fulton *2006 – 2009 Lieutenant-General Andrew Figgures *2009 – 2012 Vice-Admiral Paul Lambert (Royal Navy officer), Sir Paul Lambert Current title: Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability) *2012 – 2016 Air Marshal Stephen Hillier, Sir Stephen Hillier *2016 – 2018 Lieutenant General Mark Poffley Current title: Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Financial and Military Capability) *2018 – Present Air Marshal Richard Knighton


Deputy Chiefs of the Defence Staff (Intelligence)

*1964 – 1965 Vice-Admiral Norman Denning, Sir Norman Denning *1965 – 1968 Air Marshal Harold Maguire, Sir Harold Maguire *1968 – 1971 Lieutenant-General Richard Fyffe, Sir Richard Fyffe *1971 – 1972 Vice-Admiral Louis Le Bailly, Sir Louis Le Bailly *1972 – 1975 Lieutenant-General David Willison, Sir David Willison *1975 – 1978 Air Marshal Richard Gordon Wakeford, Sir Richard Wakeford *1978 – 1981 Vice-Admiral Roy Halliday, Sir Roy Halliday *1981 – 1983 Lieutenant-General James Glover (British Army officer), Sir James Glover *1983 – 1984 Air Marshal Michael Armitage (RAF officer), Sir Michael Armitage ''(post discontinued in 1984; taken over by Defence Intelligence#Chiefs of Defence Intelligence, Chief of Defence Intelligence)


References

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