Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE

Associate Fellow; Independent Defence Researcher


Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE is an Associate Fellow supporting RUSI’s defence management research. He is an independent defence and security researcher specialising in national strategy, defence policy and plans, and military logistics.

His research interests stem from his 35-year career in the Royal Air Force officer, from which he retired in 2019. His final appointment was programme director of the Defence Support Transformation Programme, the flagship transformation initiative of the MoD’s Modernising Defence Programme. During his career, he gained considerable operational experience through a variety of appointments, including: commander support in the NATO Headquarters at Kandahar Airfield in 2011-12; chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Headquarters in Malta that conducted the Libya Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation in 2011; commander of the UK military contribution following the Haiti earthquake of 2010; and chief of staff of the UK National Support Command in Afghanistan in 2005-06.

Andrew has a PhD in defence studies from King’s College London.

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