Rear Admiral John Gower
Rear Admiral John Gower, CB OBE, served for the last 3 years of his career until his retirement in December 2014 as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Nuclear & Chemical, Biological) in the UK Ministry of Defence. Previously, he had spent nearly half his 36-year military career at sea, culminating in the sequential command of two globally deployed submarines. He spent 17 years ashore in the Ministry of Defence increasingly specialising in UK nuclear weapon and counter-CBRN policy. He led the UK Ministry of Defence contribution to the international activity between 2011 & 2014 to counter the threat of Syria’s chemical weapons culminating in their successful removal and destruction. With very close ties to his US and French counterparts in particular over this period, he represented the UK in senior relevant NATO committees. For the last six years of his career he was the senior policy officer in the MoD responsible, amongst a far broader portfolio, for the policy, operation, monitoring, analysis and audit of the UK NC3 and reporting its status to the Nuclear Deterrence Policy Committee, and the Cabinet Office for the Prime Minister. He is now an independent consultant advising, advocating, speaking and writing on nuclear policy issues globally.