Group Capt. John Shields, RAF, "The State of NATO"
Moderator: Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, (Ret.), ALWAC President.
Group Captain John Shields is assigned to the Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. He serves as a course director.
Shields joined the Royal Air Force in 1989. Following initial officer and navigator training, he flew in the Tornado F3, a two-seat interceptor aircraft responsible for the air defense of the UK, and the Falkland Islands; as well as global contingent operations. Spanning a flying career of 18 years, Shields has accumulated over 2500 hours on the Tornado F3 with tours as a squadron navigator, weapons instructor and commander in the UK and the Falkland Islands.
He has flown in support of Operation Deny Flight and deployed to the AFCENT CAOC on three occasions spanning Operations Southern Watch, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom and, most recently, Inherent Resolve. His staff appointments encompass capability management and professional military education.
He is a graduate of the UK’s Advanced Command and Staff College and holds a Masters and a PhD in Defence Studies from King’s College London. He has authored the book, Air Power in the Falklands Conflict.