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Wing Commander Cliff ‘Giselle’ Fletcher-Jones is a senior officer in the Royal Air Force and is the Chief of the Air Staff’s Portal Fellow undertaking doctoral research with the Defence Studies Department.

He holds multiple master’s degrees, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a Qualified Space Instructor, wrote the MSc Aerosystems: Operations and Tactics for the QSIC, and lectures in military space operations, spacepower and space warfare.

Giselle has over a decade of experience in military space operations and has been mission qualified in ten operational space roles. He is using his unique combination of operational spacepower practice, blended with a multi-discipline academic background, to develop an irregular spacepower theory grounded in both practical experience and academic theory.


Research Interests

  • Spacepower
  • Space warfare
  • Geopolitics
  • Wargaming
  • Irregular warfare theory
  • Organisational psychology
  • Convergent evolution



Guerillas in Space: An irregular space power theory

Giselle’s research focusses on understanding space as terrain; the relationship between freedom of action in, from, through, or to space and terrestrial politics; and that a state or non-state actors use of space can be affected by small scale actions in a fast-moving environment.


Dr David Jordan