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Matthew Ford

Matthew Ford

Non-Resident Fellow in Defence Policy

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Matthew Ford is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex, specialising in military innovation, socio-technical change, the social construction of military effects and strategy.  He is the author of Weapon of Choice: Small Arms and the Culture of Military Innovation(2016).  He has worked for the top global management consultancy firms, as well as the UK Ministry of Defence as a Strategic Analyst. Matthew is a former West Point Fellow and winner of the Society for Military History’s Russell F. Weigley Graduate award.  Matthew is the founding Editor of the British Journal for Military History, and an Honorary Historical Consultant to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK.


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