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Air Vice-Marshal (Ret’d) Sean Corbett CB MBE
Senior Associate Fellow
Sean Corbett retired from the Royal Air Force in September 2018 after a 30-year career as a professional intelligence officer, where he reached the pinnacle of his profession. Over the past 18 months he has established a Defence, Security and Intelligence Directorate within a ‘new space’ geospatial intelligence company, Earth-i, where he advanced innovative AI applications to earth observation data in support of the defence and security sector, and instigated the concept of ‘intelligence as a service’, leveraging a wide spectrum of publicly available information to answer challenging questions for the sector.
He brings with him a wealth of operational experience from his time in the military, having served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Balkans, Libya and Central America. He has commanded at every rank level, including a tour as Commander of the Joint Service Signals Organisation, as the Head of Intelligence at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters and as the Chief of UK Intelligence in Afghanistan. Throughout this time, Sean has been an active participant in a variety of RUSI led fora to address a wide range of security related challenges.
Sean has a strong NATO background, having held the influential roles of Principal Staff Officer to the Deputy Supreme Commander, Europe, and as the Deputy UK Military Representative to NATO. Continuing the theme of working closely with allies and partners, his last appointment in the military was two years in Washington DC as the first non-US Deputy Director of a major US Intelligence Agency. His primary role here was to optimise intelligence sharing with US allies by developing and implementing a transformational change programme throughout the US intelligence community.
He recently set up his own consultancy to provide strategic advice, analysis and geospatial intelligence support to the commercial, defence and security sectors.