Royal Navy Cmdr. Joe Dransfield is a military professor for the Joint Military Operations Department. He is a Lynx maritime attack helicopter pilot and has deployed to Iraq, conducted counter narcotic and counter piracy operations, and served as the head of the UK's extreme high readiness squadron. He has previously served in the U.K. Ministry of Defence and as a NATO planning instructor. He joined the Royal Navy in 1998 after completing his Bachelor’s degree at Loughborough University.