Dan has joined our Unmanned Experts & ISTAR Division as a Senior ISR Expert.
Dan has over 21 years military experience in intelligence and operations, having graduated from Cranwell in 1997 as an Intelligence Officer before completing the Qualified Weapons Instructor Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (QWI ISR) course in 2010.
His first tour was at the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) at Brampton, conducting global strategic imagery intelligence analysis and a detachment to the Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (Northern Ireland). In 2000, he joined the Tornado GR4 Force serving as Station Intelligence Officer at Marham and subsequently as Squadron Intelligence Officer on 31 ‘Goldstars’ Squadron in Bruggen, deploying on three operational tours to Kuwait on Op BOLTON/RESINATE SOUTH and latterly on Op TELIC during Gulf War 2.
Dan completed 2 deployed tours with the US Air Force at the Combined Air & Space Operations Centre (CAOC) at Al Udeid, recently as Chief of ISR Operations, and also completed an embedded tour with the US Marine Corps as the ISR Collections Officer within I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan. He has completed home tours at JFACHQ as the Senior Intelligence Duty Officer (SIDO), at the Defence School of Intelligence as a Phase 2 Instructor, at the Air Warfare Centre as an HR Staff Officer for the intelligence trade group, and at ISTAR Force HQ as a Staff Officer on the AIRSEEKER programme.
Selected for the first QWI course specialising in ISR, he graduated with Merit in July 2010, subsequently becoming the course Chief Instructor. His final tour in the RAF was as a Flight Commander on a MQ-9 Reaper Squadron, where he qualified in the Mission Intelligence Coordinator (MIC) crew position and as a Senior MIC (SMIC) supervisor, gaining over 500hrs experience on Operations.
Dan has settled in a peaceful Lincolnshire village with his wife, 3 (about to be 4) children, father-in-law, the eldest’s boyfriend and a miniature Schnauzer. Clearly experienced in daily mass catering, his real passion is for creative cooking from street food to fine dining, but he admits he is no Masterchef!