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Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE
Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE is an Associate Fellow supporting RUSI’s defence management research. He is an independent defence researcher and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree with the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. His thesis focuses on factors relating to the translation of strategic direction into military capability.
His research interests stem from his 35-year career as a Royal Air Force logistics officer, from which he retired in 2019 in the rank of air commodore. 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 contributed logistics and defence policy articles to the RUSI Journal. He is a chartered manager and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and has a Masters degree in defence studies from King’s College London.