Brigadier Benedict (Ben) Kite OBE
Commander, Joint Forces Intelligence Group
UK Defence Intelligence
Ben Kite has been a British Army Intelligence Officer for twenty-eight years operating against a range of adversaries across the globe. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, his early military years were spent commanding Infantry and Military Intelligence soldiers in Germany, the UK and Belize. He has also been the Chief Intelligence Officer for the Special Boat Service, 24th Airmobile Brigade, 7th Armoured Brigade and was an instructor at Sandhurst.
Ben Kite has played an active part in some of the key moments in recent history, including participation in a 1995 US-led coalition operation to protect Iraqi Kurds from Saddam Hussein's forces and an attachment to the South African Army, where he helped integrate African National Congress fighters into the fledgling, post-apartheid South African Defence Forces. Along with much of the British Army he completed a number of tours curbing ethnic strife in both Bosnia and Kosovo and trying to stabilise Iraq following the 2003 invasion.
However, the most challenging moment of his career came when he took command of 4 Military Intelligence Battalion in 2009. This was at the height of the British Army's deployment to Afghanistan and the unit swiftly became involved in transforming the British Army's tactical intelligence, creating the Land Intelligence Fusion Centre in the UK and a new breed of Intelligence Support Teams that operated right on the front line in Helmand. For their achievements in Afghanistan 4 Military Intelligence Battalion were awarded the Freedom of Marlborough and Ben Kite the OBE. Since then he has completed a tour in Kabul as deputy to a US Chief of Intelligence, been the principal strategy advisor to the Head of the British Army and, unusually for a foreigner, the chief planner for the United States Cyber National Mission Force.
He is currently commander of the 2,400 strong Joint Force Intelligence Group, which plays a leading role in tasking, collecting, processing and disseminating Defence's strategic intelligence. He is also an author on Military History - his first book 'Stout Hearts – The British and Canadians in Normandy 1944' was published in November 2014.