I am an independent historian specialising in air power and the history of air warfare. Between 2013 and 2017, I was the resident Historian at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum in the United Kingdom, and I am a graduate of the University of Birmingham (MPhil and PhD) and the University of Wolverhampton (BA (Hons) and PGCE). As well as air power, my research interests include the history of war in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the social and cultural history of armed forces. I also have an interest in public history and the use of interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of the past. More specifically, my recent and current research and writing has focused on the interrelated themes of leadership and command, military culture, military transformation and the history of professional military education with particular reference the experience of the RAF in the early years of its existence.
I am working on a number of publications stemming from my PhD that focus on two key areas. First, I am researching and writing on the development of the culture and ethos of the RAF between the First World War and Second World War. Second, I am writing on the links between professional military education and leadership development. I have also begun working on a number of further research projects. Principally, these research projects are an analysis of the culture, ethos, and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from the Service’s formation through to the present and an examination of command and staff training in the RAF.
To date, I have published several chapters and articles, edited two books, and delivered papers on three continents. In 2016, I was elected as a member of the Royal Historical Society, and in 2011 I was a West Point Fellow in Military History at the United States Military Academy as part of their Summer Seminar in Military History programme. I am an Assistant Director of the Second World War Research Group, which is an international organisation that brings together scholars researching the broad period of the Second World War. I am also a Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Group of the Second World War Research Group, which seeks to bring together those scholars across the Asia-Pacific region who are researching aspects of the broad period of the Second World War. Additionally, I am the editor of From Balloons to Drones, an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in their broadest sense including space and cyber power.
Dr Ross Mahoney