About this author
Richard Newton is a retired USAF combat rescue helicopter pilot, air commando, and strategic planner. He has served at JSOU for 20 years as a faculty member, researcher, author, course director, and curriculum developer. His experience includes assignments as a planner or in direct support of SOCEUR, SOCAFRICA, and SOCEUR, in addition to serving on the team that designed, developed, and implemented the NATO Special Operations School and on JSOU's team that delivered irregular warfare and campaign planning courses at the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies. His primary areas of interest include irregular/hybrid warfare, campaign and strategic planning, air power in irregular warfare, NATO SOF doctrine and planning, organizational transformation, and the SOF application of design-thinking. He publishes regularly on special air warfare, irregular warfare, and the SOCOM Design Way. Dr Newton holds a PhD in Defence Studies (international security studies) from King's College London. He is also a graduate of the USAF Academy and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies.