Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

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Mr Mal Craghill

  • Qualifications: MA Applied Security & Strategy (2014; Distinction); Advanced Command and Staff College (2008; Distinction).
  • Role Title: Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategic Studies
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
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  • Department: Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I joined Portsmouth Business School in May 2017 following a 30 year career as a navigator in the Royal Air Force, mainly in the ground attack role on the Tornado GR1 and GR4 but also flying F15E multirole fighters on exchange with the US Air Force in North Carolina. I established and commanded the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test and Evaluation Squadron in 2008 and then commanded the Air Warfare School before being selected as the Chief of the Defence Staff's Scholar and Chief of the Air Staff's Fellow on the University of Exeter's inaugural MA Applied Security and Strategy, which I completed in 2014. I then spent 3 years working on policy and strategy in the UK Ministry of Defence, with a particular focus on the UK’s key bilateral and multilateral international relationships.

Away from work I enjoy mountain biking, hill walking, water sports and craft beer, and I am a qualified bicycle mechanic and wheel builder.

Achievement and Recognition

Ministry of Defence Chief Scientific Adviser’s Commendation for exceptional contribution to Defence Science and Technology (2010).


Chief of the Air Staff’s Fellow in Strategy

Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching portfolio includes Strategy, Air Power, International Relations, Military History, Ethics and International Law.


My research interests include national strategy, modern Chinese strategy and military history.


I established, chaired and presented at the RAF’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium (2011 and 2012).