Author and freelance writer on defence and security. Based in London and Europe




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James Maclaren is a London and European based author, writer and commentator. He specialises in defence, security and intelligence matters. He has a defence background as an army officer, military academic and commercial writer.  


Since 2010 he has specialised in freelance defence and security journalism, with a focus on NATO and east-west relations, emerging technology, the global strategic balance, sources of conflict and the response of western democracies. His writing is regularly published in specialist publications in the United States, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and he is a regular contributor and lecturer to a number of  military staff colleges.


James is available to commission as a freelance journalist able to provide independent news reporting and feature writing services. He is also able to provide corporate writing services. This includes developing high-quality content for defence technology providers, higher education institutions and research organisations looking for expert comment and analysis in the following areas:


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Writing Experience and Expertise Includes:

Editing and writing books

Articles, press Releases




Content writing


Speech writing

Business writing

Communications planning

Listen to James provide security commentary to the BBC