John Kiszely was commissioned into the Scots Guards and served in the British Army for forty years. His operational service included Northern Ireland, The Falkland Islands (1982), Bosnia and Iraq. He served three tours of duty in the Ministry of Defence, latterly as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff. His final appointment was as Director General of the UK`s Defence Academy.
On leaving the Army he worked as a defence and security consultant, and in a number of unpaid roles including Visiting Professor in War Studies at Kings College London, National President of the Royal British Legion, and Vice Chairman of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum.
From 2014-2017 he was a Visiting Research Fellow on the Changing Character of War programme at Oxford University while researching and writing his book `Anatomy of a Campaign. The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940
His home is in Gloucestershire, England.