Dr Lee Willett is Head of the Military Capabilities Programme in the Military Sciences Department at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Previously, he was Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Studies at the University of Hull and was seconded to the Naval Staff Directorate in the Ministry of Defence as a Research Associate. He holds a BA in International Relations, an MA in War Studies and a doctorate on Tomahawk’s role in US-Soviet strategic arms control. He writes widely on UK defence policy, in particular on the future of the Royal Navy, its Submarine Service and the UK Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) programme. His responsibilities at RUSI include: project leader for major conferences on equipment capability issues; contract and consultancy research on a variety of issues, including naval weapons systems and procurement issues; research on maritime strategy, operations and equipment capability issues, especially in relation to the navies of the UK, the US, France, Australia and Russia; media analysis on maritime issues, including the UK Tomahawk programme, the contributions of coalition navies to combat operations (including recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq), and major stories relating to the Russian submarine Kursk, the Russian nuclear-powered cruiser the Peter the Great, and the Royal Navy submarine HMS Trafalgar.
Current Position: Head of Military Capabilities Programme, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
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