Andrew Drwiega, a Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at FPRI, is a senior independent defense and aviation editor and journalist, a corporate communicator and conference chairman / producer. He has a BA (Hons) Degree in War Studies from Sunderland University. He is a member of several associations including: Affiliate Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS); Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA); Association of the United States Army (AUSA); Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); and the Air Power Association (APA).
Andrew is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the defense magazines Armada International and Asian Military Review (owned by the MediaTransasia Group, Bangkok, Thailand). Both have an independently certified circulation of over 23,000 copies per issue. He also manages content to both of the magazine websites.
Over the years Andrew has also been a contributor to Jane’s Defence Weekly (IHS Jane’s), Military Technology (Möench Publishing, Germany), Aerospace (Royal Aerospace Society), Mittler Report (Germany); Air International (Key Publishing), and others. He has a particular focus strategic affairs as well as military rotorcraft
He is the owner/director of his own registered company, DefenceWorX Ltd, which he established in 2008.
Andrew has reported on attachment with British and American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan on a total of six occasions between 2005 – 2010 (three times each country), twice with the United States Marine Corps and four times with the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command. He has also participated in numerous NATO and British military exercises in the UK and internationally, as well as with the UK’s Maritime Coastguard Agency.
Previously, Andrew served as Director of Shephard Publications Ltd during which time he also edited Defence Helicopter magazine and was responsible for the other magazines in the portfolio. After leaving the Shephard Group he served as the International Bureau Chief for Rotor & Wing magazine (part of Washington DC-based Access International).
Over the last 17 years Andrew has also attended military conferences and exhibitions around the world including: DSEI (London); Farnborough/Paris Airshows, Dubai Airshow (UAE): Eurosatory (Paris), Aero India (India), Quad-A (USA), DSA (Malaysia), Avalon (Australia), AUSA (USA), Navy League (USA), IDEX (Abu Dhabi), HAI Heli-Expo (USA), AHS (USA) among others.
Andrew has organised the bi-ennial Future of Military Rotorcraft conference at the
Defence and Security Exhibition International (DSEI) convention in London, UK, since 2015. In 2019, the focus is on Enhancing Rotorcraft Relevance in the Networked Battlefield.
Finally, Andrew has also worked as a consultant trainer for the UK Government’s Defence & Security Organisation (DSO) where he has helped to train serving soldiers to engage with the international media during defense exhibitions such as the NATO Summit (Wales) and DSEI in London.