Dennis Blease is currently a part-time doctoral candidate with Cranfield University undertaking research into NATO’s role in support of Security Sector Reform (SSR) engagements.
He served in the British Army for 36 years and retired in 2008. During his time in service he spent a total of 9 years working with NATO. As Commander of NATO’s mission in the Republic of Macedonia (2004-2005), he advised the Government on post-conflict reconstruction programmes and SSR, as well as Whole of Government Approaches to transformation. This role was expanded to the regional level when he was appointed NATO’s lead on SSR matters for the Western Balkans (2006-2008). He worked closely with the governments of the region, and as part of this latter work he undertook the part-time role of SSR Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for the Future Status of Kosovo (2006-2007).
On retirement from the British Army he worked part-time for Cranfield University and lectured on SSR and NATO at a number of universities and security institutes throughout Europe, as well as in Palestine and Ethiopia. He was the lead facilitator for the UK’s Stabilisation Unit training courses in London for 18 months (2009-2010) and he has also provided SSR support to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Palestine (2009-2010).
He is now Managing Director of DBA SSR Consultants Ltd and a Senior Security & Justice Advisor for the UK's Stabilisation Unit.