Air Vice-Marshal Rocky Rochelle CB OBE DFC MA RAF FIKE.

Chief Operating Officer.

Rocky spent 34 years in the RAF. Wide operational experience (Gulf W1; Extensive and successive operational tours Iraq/Afghanistan at all command levels (including Petraeus’ Surge); Kosovo; Libya Campaign as Tornado Force Cdr and CO Marham. When not on Ops Peter has developed an extensive background in Acquisition and Government Strategic Programme Delivery, including an early acquisition tour followed by a Strategic Programme and Plans role in MOD; Chief of Staff for DG FMC; and programme director for Carrier Enabled Power Projection. Rocky completed his Chief of Staff Capability, Acquisition and Force Development role in Apr 2020. He was mandated to deliver the Air Force programme of record, delivering a £40 billion sub-portfolio. Programmes included the delivery of the F35 programme and acquisition of P8 and E7, amongst many others. Rocky was instrumental in delivery of Project Tempest and the Combat Air Strategy (50:50 match funded by Industry); developed the RAF and the UK-only Rapid Capability Office and its Air Information Experimentation Lab. He has led the 5 Eyes (plus 2) Capabilities and Architecture Working Group for the last three years and was instrumental in Space Coalition development and creation of Op Olympic Defender justification. He has a reputation for constructive disruption and delivery. Rocky has an MA in Defence Studies. His awards include the DFC (Kosovo); OBE Cmd 617 Sqn including Iraq surge; CB for services to Acquisition. Rocky is a Fellow of the UK endorsed Innovation Knowledge Exchange (FIKE).