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Sir Paul Newton
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1975 – 2012
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 2 Bn Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
8th Infantry Brigade
Battles/wars The Troubles
Iraq War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Commander 1st Class of the Order of the Dannebrog (Denmark)

Lieutenant General Sir Paul Raymond Newton KBE is a former British Army officer and Director of Exeter University's Strategy and Security Institute. Prior to leaving the army he was Commander Force Development and Training. He is also Colonel Commandant of the Queen's Division and Honorary Colonel of 15 (United Kingdom) Psychological Operations Group.

Military careerEdit

Educated at Sandhurst and later at Cambridge University, Newton was commissioned into the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1975.[1] He transferred to the Staffordshire Regiment with promotion to lieutenant two years later.[2] He was promoted to the rank of captain in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1981[3] and to major in 1988 seeing service as a company commander.[4] Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1994,[5] he was given command of the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (2PWRR) in Northern Ireland.[6]

Promoted to colonel in 1998,[7] Newton attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 1999 and then joined Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood where he undertook planning for the British response to the Kosovo War.[6] He later commanded Brunei Garrison where he undertook planning for operations in East Timor.[6]

Promoted to brigadier in 2000,[8] Newton became Commander of 8th Infantry Brigade in December 2000 and again saw service in Northern Ireland for which he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[6] After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies, he became Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs in Washington, working on Iraq, in 2003.[6] He was deployed as the Deputy, Strategic Planning in HQ Multi-National Force Iraq in September 2004 for which he was awarded the US Legion of Merit.[6]

Newton was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) at Permanant Joint Headquarters in January 2005.[6] Promoted to major-general in February 2006, he became Chief Army Instructor at the Royal College of Defence Studies on promotion.[9] He returned to Iraq in early 2007 to lead reconciliation efforts, for which he was awarded the American Legion of Merit, First Oak Leaf Cluster.[10] He became Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Developments, Concepts and Doctrine) in January 2008[11] and was appointed Commander Force Development and Training with the rank of lieutenant general in April 2010.[12] He left the Army in February 2012.[6]

He is also Colonel Commandant of the Queen's Division[13] and Honorary Colonel of 15 (UK) Psychological Operations Group.[14]


On 17 March 2012, Newton became the Chair in Security and Strategy Studies at the University of Exeter and Director of the University's new Strategy and Security Institute.[15] Recently appointed a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, he has co-edited and contributed to ‘After the Spring: Prospects for the Arab World in 2013, UNA-UK’, published in December 2012 and wrote a chapter entitled ‘Adapt or Fail: The Challenge for the Armed Forces after Blair’s Wars’ for Professor Sir Hew Strachan's book, 'Blair’s Wars' published in June 2013.[16]

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[17][18]


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46692. p. 11935. 23 September 1975. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47166. p. 3221. 7 March 1977. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48734. p. 11685. 14 September 1981. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51488. p. 11089. 3 October 1988. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53724. p. 9606. 4 July 1994. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Sir Paul Newton KBE RUSI
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55181. p. 7122. 29 June 1998. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56078. p. 14615. 2 January 2001. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57945. p. 4707. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59554. p. 18539. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  11. Brain-power trumps fire-power in the war The Times, 13 February 2010
  12. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59395. p. 6944. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  13. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59433. p. 10057. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  14. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59667. p. 254. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  15. "David Lewis Memorial Seminar - Strategic Attack: From Bomber Command Through To The Present Day". Policy Exchange. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  16. "Blair's Wars". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  17. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 5. 16 June 2012.
  18. "Queen's Birthday Honours 2012". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Bill Rollo
Commander Force Development and Training
Succeeded by
Jacko Page

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