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 […]