Position: Senior Research Fellow, Air Power and Technology and Director of Military Sciences
Elizabeth is Director of RUSI's Military Sciences Department and also runs the Air Power and Technology programme, looking specifically at the future of air power for UK and for NATO at a time of increasing commitments and decreasing resources.The programme also explores the doctrinal, strategic and ethical implications of emerging technologies. She is responsible for conducting research, writing articles and organising events related to these topics.
Elizabeth has lectured specifically on the Ethics of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems and Cyber Operations to the French Air Force Academy, Bundeswehr and US Air Force Academy.
She is responsible for the Chief of the Air Staff's annual conference and the annual RUSI Defence Information Superiority conference, which is also supported by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Prior to joining RUSI, Elizabeth worked for two years running technical conferences for the international defence community. In 2001 she took a graduate assistant position at the University of Texas A&M where she worked for two years on a DARPA project investigating collaborative robotics. Elizabeth holds an MEng in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas A&M
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
Rising European Defence Budgets?
1 May 2015
A curious thing is happening in continental Europe: defence spending is rising. The United Kingdom may soon be among only a handful of nations with fewer resources for defence at a time of increasing commitments.
UK Funding for ‘Captor-E’ AESA Radar Announced – Better Late than Never
15 Jul 2014
The UK government has finally committed to funding ‘Captor-E’ AESA integration into the Typhoon fighter-jet programme. The move will provide greatly increased capabilities for the RAF’s Typhoon fleet but might also be in time to revive the aircraft’s hopes on the global export market.
Building a Force for the Future: The UK Needs Depth not Breadth
17 Jan 2014
The former US Defense Secretary has expressed concerns about the UK’s ability to provide full spectrum defence capabilities. Yet, the UK has not had a full spectrum capability for a number of years. It is actually a more worrying lack of depth, not breadth of capabilities that concerns most British defence officials today.
Joint Strike Fighter Synthetic Training
19 Sep 2013
Joint Strike Fighter will be a step change for combat aircraft training, not only will most forces operating the aircraft move to a 50-50 live/synthetic training mix but the synthetic training may prove to be more beneficial in some cases than live flying. Elizabeth Quintana investigates synthetic training for the JSF fifth-generation aircraft programme
Manning the Unmanned
3 May 2013
As the UK steps up its drone capability, it is changing the RAF’s training programmes for pilots and operators (Free access)
The RAF and the Olympics
29 Jan 2013
The London 2012 Olympic Games were a tremendously positive experience for the UK in many ways, reinvigorating a sense of Britishness, of pride in being British and in British values, but also in the country’s institutions like the Armed Forces. RUSI’s Senior Research Fellow of Air Power and Technology, Elizabeth Quintana, looks at the RAF’s contribution to the security of the Games
The RAF and Expeditionary Operations
12 Aug 2011
Elizabeth Quintana assesses whether the British contribution to operations in Libya has been helped or hindered by the UK Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review
Unmanned Systems: Confusing Ethics
20 Apr 2011
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have prompted widespread criticism, despite having proven their value in a variety of contexts. In many cases, their use may be the most logical - and safest - option.
NATO Cannot Sustain its Current Fuel Addiction
8 Oct 2010
The closure of the Afghan/Pakistan border earlier this week and consequent targeting of NATO fuel supplies has highlighted a critical vulnerability for the International Security Assistance Forces: Fuel. But what can be done to overcome ISAF's Achilles heel?
The New Challenges of Cyber Security
25 Jun 2009
The UK’s new Cyber Security Strategy outlines governmental response to these new threats: Britain will work closely with international networks to identify and prosecute a new brand of ‘e-criminal’.