Philip Osborn

Air Marshal Philip Colin Osborn, CBE, FRAeS is a senior Royal Air Force officer who served as Chief of Defence Intelligence from 2015 to 2018.

Philip Osborn
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1982 –
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldNo. 2 Group
RAF Marham
No. 13 Squadron
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

RAF career

Osborn joined to Royal Air Force in 1982.[1] After training as a Tornado navigator, he became commanding officer of No. 13 Squadron and then Station Commander at RAF Marham.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group in October 2010, Chief of Staff Operations and Support at RAF Air Command in 2012 and Director Capability at Joint Forces Command in 2013.[1] He became Chief of Defence Intelligence in January 2015.[2]

Osborn was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 New Year Honours.[3] He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).[4]


  1. "Air Marshal P C Osborn CBE RAF" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. "Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-service Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 6.
  4. "Air Marshal Phil Osborn on Intelligence and Information Advantage in a Contested World". RUSI. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Stephen Hillier
Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group
Succeeded by
Sean Reynolds
Preceded by
Alan Richards
Chief of Defence Intelligence
Succeeded by
James Hockenhull
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