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Senior Lecturer in Military Strategy and Law, University of Portsmouth

After eight years as a barrister I was called up and served as a military intelligence officer in the Balkans and Iraq. In civilian life I worked for seven years with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe as a Human Rights officer and eventually as the Organisation's lead on torture prevention.

After stints as UK government advisor in Helmand and Libya I completed my PhD at Kings College London and began work lecturing as part of Portsmouth University's team at RAF Cranwell, delivering the academic component of training to RAF Officers and NCOs.

I am the author of several books on contemporary conflict, including 'Losing Small Wars' (Yale 2011/18), Investment in Blood Yale 2013) , Rebel Law (2018) and Aerial Warfare, a Very Short introduction (OUP 2020)


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth


    Kings College London, War Studies