The 21st Century Changing Character of Air Power

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC LLD(Hon) BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF

Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force

Sir Sydney Camm Memorial Lecture

Royal Aeronautical Society

10 June 2013

Haldane’s Report in 1912 set in motion the beginnings of military aviation and its contribution to warfare. Air Power’s ability to build understanding, deter conflict and, when necessary, deliver decisive force rapidly and at range grew from the need to support other environments, through its unique ability to take the fight to the enemy, as in the Second World War, to its current position as a central pillar for all military operations, as demonstrated in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.

At this year’s Sir Sydney Camm Lecture, Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff for the Royal Air Force, will outline the vital contribution that Air Power has made to international security during the last hundred years. He will go on to discuss the pivotal role that air power must continue to play in future operations, if the UK intends to retain global influence and proactively shape the uncertain world of the future.

About the Speaker

ACM Sir Stephen Dalton joined the RAF in 1976 after graduating with an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Bath University. During the height of the Cold War, he flew the Jaguar on 3 tours in the tactical reconnaissance and ground attack roles. After completing the Advanced Staff Course, he trained to fly the Tornado GR1A and went on to command No 13 Squadron. During this tour he deployed to the Middle East on Operation JURAL where he flew armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq. ACM Dalton commanded RAF Coltishall and the RAF’s Jaguar Force for 2 years from September 1997. On promotion to Air Commodore he was appointed as Director of the Eurofighter (Typhoon) Programme Assurance Group in the MoD. After attending the Higher Command Staff Course in 2002, he was later appointed the Director of Air Operations. On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal he took over the post of Capability Manager for Information Superiority and in April 2004 he was appointed Controller Aircraft, a post which carried with it a place on the Air Force Board. In May 2006, he took up the appointment of Director General Typhoon in the MoD. In May 2007, ACM Dalton became Deputy Commander in Chief Personnel and Air Member for Personnel. He was promoted to Air Chief Marshal in April 2009 and was appointed Chief of the Air Staff on 31 July 2009. He was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Sir Sydney Camm Lecture was established in 1971, following his death in 1966, to commemorate his significant achievements in the field of aeronautical engineering. Sir Sydney Camm CBE FRAes, one of Britain’s most distinguished aircraft designers, was responsible for the design of the Hawker Hurricane fighter and also the Hart, the Fury, the Typhoon, Tempest, Sea Fury, Sea Hawk, the Hunter and the Harrier. His achievements are unique, some 50 different aircraft designs are due to him.

This event is free to attend and further details can be found here.


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