Contact Dr Pete Ito


Dr. Ito earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, a Juris Doctor (law) degree and a Masters degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a PhD in Defence and Security from Cranfield University.  Pete worked for 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department.  He served in Seoul, South Korea; Copenhagen, Denmark; Bonn and Berlin, Germany; The Hague, The Netherlands and Washington, D.C.  His primary focus was political affairs, particularly defence and security policy.

Current activities

Dr. Ito has served as a lecturer in defence acquisition since 2008.  He is the director for the Programme and Project Management MSc course.  He also serves as the Academic Leader on the Capability and Acquisition training course.  Dr. Ito runs the Financial Military Capability (Advanced) course, and delivers the International Dimensions of Defence Acquisiton module on the Defence Acquisition Management MSc.  He has previously undertaken various research projects in the area of defence acquisition and has contributed to a number of published articles.  He has written a book chapter on Baltic military assistance programmes.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Moore DM, Antill PD, Smith JCD & Ito P (2014) Austerity and the Current Challenges in the Defence Environment. In: Case Studies in Defence Procurement & Logistics, Cambridge: Cambridge Academic, p. 1-30, ed. One.
  • Ito P (2013) Baltic military cooperative projects: a record of success. In: Apprenticeship, Partnership, Membership: Twenty Years of Defence Development in the Baltic States. Tony Lawrence and Tomas Jermalavicius (ed.), Tallinn, Estonia: International Centre for Defence Studies, p. 246-281.
  • Antill P D & Ito P (2011) Case 2.5 Multi-National Collaborative Procurement – The Joint Strike Fighter Programme. In: Case Studies in Defence Procurement and Logistics - Volume I: From World War II to the Post-Cold War World. Moore D M (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge Academic Press, p. 177-252, ed. 1st.