Dr. Rick Newton

Dr Rick Newton brings more than four decades of operational, educational, and publishing experience to the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. After graduation from the USAF Academy, he served for 22 years as an Air Force combat rescue and special operations helicopter pilot, combat aviation advisor, and strategic planner. He transitioned into international educational leadership upon his retirement from the Air Force, leading contractor support teams that designed, developed, and delivered joint, international, and multi-agency focused special operations curriculum for the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, the Joint Special Operations University, and NATO Special Operations School. Dr Newton also created and delivered focused short courses to international students in 19 NATO countries, and also in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since 2001, Dr Newton has been advising and directing international students’ masters theses and helping new and budding authors learn to publish their ideas. Rick volunteers as the managing editor and occasional contributor to the Air Commando Journal, a peer-reviewed journal about Air Force special operations.
Rick’s Arctic experience began with two years as the Chief of Stan/Eval in the USAF rescue squadron stationed at Keflavik, Iceland. Later, he served as the coach/advisor for the combined/joint special operations component leadership teams during NATO exercises COLD RESPONSE 2008 and 2012. In 2014, he was the Arctic planner for Special Operations Command North. Dr Newton is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he is the author of their European Perspectives on Arctic Security masters course. He is also the lead editor for Air University’s special edition #2 of the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs focusing on Arctic security issues.
Dr Newton earned a Bachelor of Science in military history from the USAF Academy and holds a Master of Military Art and Science from the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies. In 2016, he was awarded a PhD from King’s College London, where his research uncovered the heretofore unknown contributions of airmen to civil-military and constabulary operations in the Middle East between the World Wars.

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