The Royal Air Force Centre for Air and Space Power Studies (RAF CASPS) is an RAF think tank which focusses on the strategic and conceptual study of air and space power.  It seeks to: generate evidence-based academic research; provide strategic influence through coordinated engagement with think tanks, allies and other professional bodies in the defence and policy space; leverage the intellectual horsepower of external institutions and RAF personnel; and help inculcate a philosophy of learning and critical thinking within the RAF.


Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire SN6 8LA

Portrait of Group Captain Jim Beldon MBE MPhil MA BSc FRAeS RAF

Officer Commanding

Group Captain Jim Beldon MBE MPhil MA BSc FRAeS RAF

Group Captain Jim Beldon is a navigator with over 3,000 flying hours on the E-3D Sentry.  He has served on operations in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and across the globe; at home he has worked at the Ministry of Defence, Permanent Joint Headquarters and the Joint Services Command and Staff College.  He received an MBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, and in 2015 was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  He became the Director of Defence Studies (RAF) in March 2017.

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