Professor Joel Hayward
Professor Joel Hayward PhD Professor

Professor Joel Hayward joined the National Defense College in 2017 as a Professor of Strategic Thought. Before joining NDC, he held two academic leadership positions at Khalifa University between November 2012 and December 2016. He was both the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

As a defense and security studies scholar, he held a number of positions, most prominently: the Dean of the Royal Air Force College, Director of the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, Head of King's College London's Air Power Studies Division as well as Program Head at the Centre for Defense Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Defense and Strategic Studies at Massey University.

Professor Hayward is especially interested in the evolution of strategic thought, air power and joint warfighting, Just War and the laws and ethics of modern conflict. He also researches and lectures on the Islamic laws and ethics of security.

He researches on the impact of the major world religions on political and military strategy and theory, and reads the scriptures of the monotheistic faiths in their original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Arabic). Also able to read a few modern languages, he has undertaken extensive primary research in Russian and German archives.

He is the author or editor of twelve positively reviewed books and monographs. Some of his works have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian, German and Chinese. In January 2012, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, published his concise monograph, Warfare in the Qur'an. His most recent academic book, the edited work Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, was published by Air University Press (Montgomery, Al, US) in 2013.