After graduating from Leeds University, Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training in 1968. Following recce and strike tours during which he logged 3,500 flying hours, he joined the tri-service policy and plans staff of Commander British Forces, Hong Kong. After serving in HQ Strike Command Plans staff and the Inspectorate of Flight Safety, he was appointed as the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base.
He spent a year studying International Relations at Downing College, Cambridge, before becoming a Group Director at the RAF Advanced Staff College. He earned an Open University MBA in 1995. His final tour was in MoD Consultancy and Management Services.
He is currently Director of the Air League. He was an Aerospace Analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has written twelve aviation books, including Photo Reconnaissance, The V-Force, Air War over Italy and Air War over Russia. He publishes and broadcasts widely and he received the Defence Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006. He is a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and is vice-president of No.343 (Camberwell) ATC Squadron.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
What Would an Air Attack on Iran Look Like?
30 Mar 2012
A ground invasion is impossible. But Israel lacks the long-range assets unilaterally to neutralise a dispersed Iranian nuclear capability, whereas a large US co-ordinated air campaign against Iranian nuclear weapon facilities is eminently feasible. Nevertheless the effectiveness and fallout from such a campaign remains in doubt.
Vulcan Bombers in the Cold War
29 Jun 2009
A former Vulcan pilot offers a privileged insight into the backbone of the British nuclear deterrent during the early Cold War.
17 Oct 2007
Book reviews by Paul Lever, Christopher Coker, Gurmeet Kanwal, Jeremy Black and Andrew Brookes.
Air Attack Iran
28 Jun 2006
This article examines how an air campaign against Iranian nuclear sites would fare in the event that international diplomatic efforts fail to deter Tehran from mastering nuclear weapon technologies.