Dr. Richard Warnes

Dr. Richard Warnes

  • Senior Consultant
  • Vedette Consulting (On behalf of NATO COE-DAT), UK

Dr. Richard Warnes is a self-employed research consultant with a focus on terrorism and security. He has previous experience in the fields of defence research, counter-terrorist policing, military operations and international relief and human rights. He previously served in an Army Field Intelligence Team during the warring faction period in Bosnia and then in the Metropolitan Police, including Special Branch and Counter Terrorism Command in the early 2000s. As a civilian contractor, he conducted in country field evaluations of a security capacity-building programme for local forces in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2008-2014. More recently he was involved in helping to professionalise wargaming at the Iraqi Staff College, Rustamiyah, Baghdad. He regularly acts as an academic advisor and presenter at the NATO Centre of Excellence – Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) in Ankara, Turkiye and writes and lectures on aspects of terrorism and security for the UK MOD, NATO and the EU. He has a PhD on human factors in effective Counter-Terrorism, a Masters in Criminal Justice, and a first degree in International Politics.


  • NATO COEDAT Workshop: Countering the Movement of Terrorists across Borders

    A Centre of Excellence (COE) is an entity offering specialised expertise and experience to the benefit of the NATO Alliance, especially in support of Transformation. The Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) is a NATO accredited, multi-national sponsored entity located in Ankara, Türkiye. COE-DAT was inaugurated in 2005 as the second among the 30 NATO Centres of Excellence that exist today. The Centre is composed of personnel from eight NATO nations and is focused on providing key decision-makers with realistic solutions to terrorism and counter-terrorism (CT) challenges. COE-DAT is designed to complement NATO’s current resources while also serving three different functions: NATO’s Department Head in Education and Training for CT; Education and Training Facility offering courses and other training and education opportunities; and, a strategic-level think tank.
    Border Security is one of the topics that COE-DAT invests in, as it is deemed relevant to CT efforts. Border Security, Refugees and Counter-Terrorism is one of the 12 NATO-approved courses that are taught at COE-DAT.

    During the COE-DAT workshop at the World Border Security Congress, COE-DAT will provide an academic insight into border security in the context of CT, and use case study examples from Türkiye and Lebanon in order to highlight how theoretical understanding can be applied in practice to better equip policy-level decision makers to defend their borders against terrorist activity.

    The aim of the workshop is to allow participants to engage with subject matter experts and discuss a series of factors that contribute to border security, highlighting how technological advances need to be matched by human understanding and conventional methods in order to provide comprehensive defence against terrorism.

    The workshop aims to provide insight at the strategic level with regards to managing the range of tools available to develop border security, though this will include understanding the requirement to ensure strategy can be implemented at the tactical level. The outcome is to view border security and CT as a holistic process, underpinned by both academic research and practical experience.”