On March 8, 2016, the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service will host Colonel (R) Andrew Budd, head of the Defense Capabilities Section, Defense Policy Directorate, NATO. Colonel Budd will give a talk entitled “NATO’s View of Europe.” The event will take place from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. at the George Bush Presidential Library.
Colonel Budd joined the British Army in 1975, commissioning in the Royal Artillery. His early years were spent in appointments in Germany and the UK prior to attending Staff College in 1989. His staff positions have included serving in the Operations Division of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany, where he coordinated the deployment of UK forces to Saudi Arabia in Gulf War I. He was a founding member of the teaching staff at the Kuwait Staff College and was the chief of Operations for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in 2004.
He spent the last ten years in NATO appointments, responsible for NATO strategic policy, development of the Comprehensive Approach, and NATO operations planning for the Balkans and Afghanistan. His operational experience also extends to Northern Ireland, Central America, and the Balkans. Since leaving the Army in January 2012, he has been employed by NATO as a civilian dealing with defense policy, including Smart Defense.
The event is open to the public, but reservations are recommended.