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




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 independant 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:





In addition he produces security reports for clients in both the defence and civil sectors and is an experienced radio interviewer and ghost writer. James is currently working on his first novel a recent-history politics and crime thriller set in London.


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James Maclaren BBC Interview

Following the London terror attack on Borough High Street, James was asked to provide expert comment by the BBC. Hear his thoughts on the attack and the security implications by following the link.

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Strategy and operations

Defence technology

Military history and research

Defence and the media

Operational concepts

Defence communications