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Adrian  Kendry

Adrian Kendry

Resident Academic, 3CDSG, New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE)
United Kingdom

Former NATO Senior Defence Economist and Strategic Adviser to the 12th NATO Secretary General

Visiting Professor of Global Economics, Defence and Security, New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE), Hereford

Adrian Kendry was appointed NATO's Senior Defence Economist in August 2001. Until 2014 he coordinated all NATO economic intelligence and reported directly to the Office of the Secretary General on strategic economic challenges and risks confronting NATO and international security (including Afghanistan).

These responsibilities included multiple presentations at international conferences and workshops in NATO member states and regional partners (including Russia) and also China.


During 1990-1996 Adrian was a Co-Director of the Research Unit in Defence Economics, University of the West of England, and authored and co-authored a number of significant papers and studies examining the regional economic and industrial impact of defence spending and the implications for the evolution of the defence technological industrial base. One such study was the widely and internationally cited The Impact of Reduced Military Expenditure on South West of England (1991).

In 1996 Adrian published a major report on The Economic and Industrial Importance of the Airbus Programme for the United Kingdom that he also presented at the House of Commons and also authored in the same year an important study on the restructuring of the aerospace industry in the South West of England and California.

From 1996-2001 he held the Admiral William Crowe Chair in Defense Industrial Economics at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis and during 1999 was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey. Previously, Adrian was Academic Head of Economics at the University of the West of England and also held academic positions at universities in Illinois, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. His consultancy work included assignments in Istanbul, Jakarta and Seoul and a World Bank project in Ethiopia

The author of many professional articles and papers on global economic security, defence, and risks, Adrian has been the Principal Adviser on Economic Security (2014 to 2019) for the NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis programme.

The author of Navigating the Challenges and Legacy of NATO Economic Intelligence in The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies (Edited Liam Francis Gearon, February 2020), Adrian currently lives in Herefordshire after more than ten years in each of London, Brussels and the United States. He has degrees in Economics from Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and speaks French, Italian, Swedish (Swedish mother) and some German. He is a British Citizen.