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Andy Corbett is a Lecturer in Defence Studies Education at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London. His first career in the Royal Navy submarine service spanned the end of the Cold War and included Command of two Trident submarines, capability management in the MOD and development of 21st century NATO deterrence and defence strategy. He holds a PhD in Defence Studies from King’s College London and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the HEA. 

Research Interests 

  • ‘Strategies of influence’ which target societal norms and the ethics and rules-based environment.
  • The relationships between the use of force, international institutions and norms and the maintenance of peace and the current international order
  • The utility of ‘hard’ power in the 21st Century
  • The mechanisms of deterrence and strategic messaging
  • Concepts and roles of national interest
  • The ethics of conflict
  • Nuclear deterrence strategy


  • MA: Strategy
  • MA: The evolution of nuclear strategy
  • MA: Understanding deterrence in theory and practice
  • MA: Strategy and Artificial Intelligence
  • MA: Cyber security and strategy
  • MA: Falklands Conflict 1982
  • Hacking for Defence/ defence innovation


  • 2022 Supreme Emergency: How Britain lives with the Bomb. Manchester University Press
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For more publications please see Dr Andrew Corbett's PURE Profile