Paper Launch: Securing Support Advantage: The Transformation of Defence Support

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A Discussion with Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE and Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw OBE.


What will be the impact of the new strategy for Defence Support developed by (or within) Strategic Command?

To mark the launch of a Briefing Paper on the MoD's Defence Support Strategy by Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis, we are holding a webinar in which the work will be discussed by the author and Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw, the Chief of Defence Logistics and Support in Strategic Command. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions, and the meeting will be chaired by Professor Trevor Taylor.

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Securing Support Advantage: The Transformation of Defence Support

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Speaker's Biography

Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE is an Associate Fellow supporting RUSI’s defence management research. He is an independent defence researcher specialising in strategy, defence policy and plans, and military logistics.

His research interests stem from his 35-year career in the Royal Air Force, from which he retired in 2019. His final appointment was programme director of the Defence Support Transformation Programme, the flagship transformation initiative of the MoD’s Modernising Defence Programme. During his career, he gained considerable operational experience through a variety of appointments, including: commander support in the NATO Headquarters at Kandahar Airfield from 2011–12; chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Headquarters in Malta, which conducted the Libya Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation in 2011; commander of the UK military contribution following the Haiti earthquake of 2010; and chief of staff of the UK National Support Command in Afghanistan from 2005–6.

Andrew is a chartered manager and fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and has a PhD in defence studies from King’s College London.


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