Subject Matter Expert

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Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Bolder started his military career after graduating from the Royal Military Academy in Breda. As a meteorological officer he headed the meteorological departments at Deelen and Volkel Airbase. After graduating at Wageningen University as World Class Meteorologist he served with the staff of the 1st German/Netherlands Corps in Münster, Germany.

After graduating Staff College in 2001 he was stationed at policy departments at the Airstaff and Defencestaff. He joined the Presidency Taskforce for the Netherlands EU Presidency in 2004 with responsibilities for the Headline Goal Task Force and EU Military Committee. Subsequently he was the European Defence Agency – Netherlands Capabilities PoC for the Defence Staff, The Hague. From 2008 to 2010 he was CHOD representative in the interdepartmental Future Policy Survey team (Verkenningen).

After a six month deployment in 2012 in the West Bank he was stationed at the Airstaff in Breda, responsible for the IMC-policy, Triple-helix policy and Space policy of the RNLAF.

In 2014 he joined the 6 month Senior Course of NATO Defence College, Rome. After graduating he returned to the Airstaff. In 2017 another 6-month deployment to the West Bank followed, again working for and developing the leadercourse program of the Palestinian Security Services. After returning he was stationed again at the Airstaff in the Strategy and Advice branch. He joined the HCSS in January 2019 as a Strategic Analyst, and became a Subject Matter Expert in July 2021.