Wing Commander Keith Dear is an RAF intelligence officer currently serving in Joint Forces Command’s Joint Warfare Development Branch. He is co-executive producer and expert consultant to the Royal United Services Institute’s Artificial Intelligence & the Future Programme, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
As a Chief of the Air Staff’s Fellow he holds a DPhil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford where his studies (co-sponsored by the United States Air Force) examined the effect of surveillance on behaviour, and an MA with distinction in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from King’s College London – which earned him the University’s O’Dwyer-Russell prize for the highest MA in his graduation year.
He is a founding member and co-lead of the Defence Entrepreneurs’ Forum (UK) and founder and CEO of Airbridge Aviation, a not-for-profit start-up dedicated to delivering humanitarian aid by cargo drone.
Prior appointments include membership of the UK’s cross-Government Counter-ISIL Task Force, service as Second-in-Command of the Defence Human Intelligence Unit, specialist signals service within the British Army’s 14 Signals Regiment, various targeting roles, a stint as a UN peacekeeper, and a two-year exchange with the USAF’s 64th Aggressor Squadron. Notable publications include Beheading the Hydra, on leadership targeting; Assessing Assessments, a co-authored article on how to improve UK intelligence; and A Very British AI Revolution is Needed, an article for the War on the Rocks blog