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 and Chair 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.

In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2016 he was named as the "Best Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences" at the 2016 Middle East Education Leadership Awards.

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 fourteen positively reviewed books and monographs and dozens of peer reviewed articles and book chapters. His work includes a biography of Horatio Lord Nelson, an analysis of the Stalingrad air campaign and a study of airpower in counterinsurgency operations. Some of his works have been translated into Arabic, Polish, 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 books include the edited work, Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare, published by Air University Press (Montgomery, Al, US) in 2013, and the short monograph, War is Deceit: An Analysis of a Contentious Hadith on the Morality of Military Deception, published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2017).