James Hockenhull

Lieutenant-General James Richard Hockenhull, OBE is a senior British army officer.

James Hockenhull
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1986 –
Battles/warsNorthern Ireland
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire

Military career

Educated at the Royal Hospital School, Ipswich, and the University of York, Hockenhull was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in 1986.[1] After operational service in Northern Ireland, he became an instructor at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2003 before being deployed as Chief, Campaign Plans at Headquarters Multi-National Force – Iraq in December 2005.[1] He went on to be Deputy Director Force Development in August 2006, Chief, Plans at Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Afghanistan in spring 2008 and Director ISTAR at Headquarters Land Forces in 2008.[1] After that he became Head Military Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Defence in September 2011, Director of the Ministry of Defence Advisory Group in Kabul in June 2012[2] and Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration in March 2015.[1] He was appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence in 2018 and promoted to lieutenant general.[3][4]

He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for service in Northern Ireland on 22 November 1994[5] and advanced to an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for service in Northern Ireland on 30 September 2003.[6]


  1. "Major-General James Hockenhull" (PDF). CEMA. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. "ISAF officers meet for key leader engagement at Camp Ghazi". DVIDS. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. Lieutenant-General James Hockenhull, Defence Geospatial Intelligence, 2018
  4. "No. 62486". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 December 2018. p. 21992.
  5. "No. 53855". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 November 1994. p. 16321.
  6. "No. 57070". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 September 2003. p. 12063.
Military offices
Preceded by
Philip Osborn
Chief of Defence Intelligence
2018 – Present
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