If the name is familiar, he was the UK commander in Sierra Leone, and, from 2006 to 2007, Richards was in charge of 35 000 troops in Afghanistan, the first UK general to command US troops since WWII.
In a Guardian interview in January 2007, he expressed frustration with DFID not working enough with the military, saying that the Army's relationship with NGOs in Afghanistan should be "symbiotic." I suspect he was talking about PRTs (Provincial Reconstruction Teams). In this NATO document (section 3, # 17), Richards criticises "the lack of co-operation between foreign humanitarian agencies, NGOs, and private security companies which has created a situation 'close to anarchy' in the area of reconstruction."
Is that the future of NGOs, British, Afghani or in other countries, to work symbiotically with the military and private security companies?