Lt. Col . Stuart Crawford is a leading Defence Analyst. author, writer and broadcaster. During his twenty-year military career he served with the 4th Royal Tank Regiment around the world, including operational tours with the UN in Cyprus and as a staff officer in the Headquarters British Forces Middle East during the 1990-91 Gulf War.
He was educated in Glasgow and at Millfield School, Somerset, from where he went on to Cambridge University. After qualifying as a chartered surveyor he entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and was commissioned in to the 4th Royal Tank Regiment.
He resigned his commission in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in April 1999 to stand as a candidate in the first Scottish Parliamentary elections, in which he was unsuccessful. He then established Stuart Crawford Associates, specialising in political analysis, media communications and defence consultancy. He has been called as an expert witness by Westminster Select Committees on three occasions to comment and be questioned on defence matters.
He is a graduate of both the British Army Staff College, Camberley, and the US Army Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1993-95 he was a member of the Directing Staff at the British Army Staff College, Camberley. He also undertook a Defence Fellowship at Glasgow University in 1995-96 where he researched race relations within the British Army, and his report featured extensively in the national press and was debated in the House of Lords.
Stuart Crawford has written numerous articles and journalistic pieces for newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad, and appears frequently on radio and TV as a defence expert. Notable publications include A’ The Blue Bonnets: Defending an Independent Scotland (RUSI, October 2012) and Sending My Laundry Forward: A Staff Officer’s Account of the First Gulf War (Matador, 2014), with his latest book Tank Commander: From the Cold War to the Gulf and Beyond to be published by Pen & Sword Books in January 2023.