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Intelligence’s Role in Defending Europe
Major General Gordon ‘Skip’ Davies

Intelligence's Role in Defending Europe


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University of York

An opportunity to hear from NATO’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Major General Gordon ‘Skip’ Davis on intelligence’s role in defending Europe and the opportunities and challenges in a new strategic environment.

Speaker biography

Major General Gordon ‘Skip’ Davis is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Casteau, Belgium. He was raised in Florida and in 1981 graduated from the United States Military Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. MG Davis’ last assignment was Deputy Commanding General US Combined Arms Center for Leader Development and Education, Deputy Commandant US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

MG Davis served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and Intelligence for the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. He deployed to Afghanistan as the ISAF Joint Command CJ5 and as Deputy Commanding General 1st Cavalry Division. In addition to Afghanistan and Iraq, MG Davis participated in US, NATO, and United Nations operations in Bosnia, Mozambique, Zaire, Rwanda, Congo and Liberia. 

MG Davis has served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, Brigade Executive Officer, and Chief of Staff of airborne units in Europe and the United States. He served as the S3 of a Mountain Infantry Battalion and Regiment in the Italian Army. He also served on Brigade, Division, and US and NATO Corps staffs. MG Davis commanded 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. Following battalion command, he was the Deputy Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. MG Davis commanded the 2nd Brigade, 78th Division at Fort Drum, New York, during which time he deployed the Brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following brigade command, he was the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of Southern European Task Force (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy. MG Davis then served in Afghanistan as the Chief, Strategic Advisory Group to Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).


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