Christopher Finn

Senior Lecturer in Air Power Studies, University of Portsmouth

For 33 years I was an RAF navigator and weapons specialist.

A graduate of the M Phil in International Relations course at CambridgeUniversity, I became Director Defence Studies (RAF) in June 2002. I have taught air power and related subjects during appointments at the Air Warfare Centre and the Joint Services’ Command and Staff College. As Director Defence Studies (RAF) I lectured extensively at overseas staff colleges and at air power conferences both in UK and overseas.

Upon retirement from the RAF, as a Group Captain, in October 2005 I became the Senior Air Power Lecturer (Operations) in the new King’s College London Department at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. I transferred to Portsmouth Business School in November 2012, as a Principal Lecturer, in the post of Assistant Director (Operations). In July 2014, I relinquished my Management role and became a Senior Lecturer on a half - timetable.

I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (with Merit) from KCL.

Over the past 10 years I have developed a specialization in leading staff rides and battlefield tours including ones to Monte Cassino & Anzio, Berlin, Malta and Normandy. I am a “Badged” member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

I am the editor of: AP 3003, a Brief History of the Royal Air Force, Shrivenham, 2005; and of Effects Based Warfare, Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre 2004. I have published 8 articles in Air Power Review and the USAF Air & Space Power Journal.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Air Power Studies, University of Portsmouth