Dr Jack Harding is currently employed as Assistant Professor for Defence & Security at Rabdan Academy in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this, he worked as the Strategy Team Leader at UK Strategic Command where, among other duties, he acted as the Command’s Liaison Officer for work on the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper.
Before he joined the Ministry of Defence, Jack spent a decade working in data intelligence in the private sector, including as the Head of Political Risk for an award-winning tech firm. In this role he developed an innovative model for tracking the proliferation of dual-use goods, components for missile development and small arms manufacture and using this data to predict the onset of crises.
Jack holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Glasgow where he used a unique mixed methods approach to examine two hundred years of domestic military deployments in Britain and France with the aim of tracing continuity and change in their respective strategic cultures across time. He also holds an MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where his thesis on German strategic intelligence was awarded the Barrie Paskins award for best MA dissertation. His BA is in War Studies & German, also from KCL.
Jack’s areas of expertise and interest include strategic culture, deterrence, resilience, and intelligence – particularly early warning. His current research focus is the concept of Integrated Deterrence and how it can be achieved in the modern era. He is writing an edited volume on this subject, which will be published in early 2025.