Call for Papers

Air Power: Now and the Future

A Conference organised by the Royal Air Force Museum and the Royal Aeronautical Society

29-30 September 2016

Air power has offered the UK tremendous utility over the last 100 years; I do not see that changing, in fact, I think it is only going to increase further.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force, 17 September 2015

Delivered at the Defence and Security Equipment International conference, these words suggest that air power has a positive future as we continue to move into the 21st Century. However, what challenges will air forces face in an era of austerity and changing geo-strategic priorities?

The aim of this two-day conference, organised by the Royal Air Force Museum and the Royal Aeronautical Society, is to answer this question and others related to the future of air power. The conference seeks to bring together in one forum leading air power practitioners and academics, and wider Service, governmental and industry parties interested in the future utility of air power. Themes to be explored might include, but not limited to:

Future Roles | Future Force Structures | Emerging Threats

The Ethics of Air Power | The Culture of Air Forces

Technological Developments | Space and Cyber Power | Doctrinal Trends

Twenty-minute paper proposals are invited from those working in areas related to the study of air power. Panel proposals are also welcomed. In addition to established academics and practitioners, the organisers are keen to receive proposals from postgraduate students, early careers scholars and those with professional experience.

Proposals must be submitted to the email below by 25 June 2016 along with a title, 300-word abstract and one-page curriculum vitae. Panel proposals of three speakers should include a panel title, 300-word precis of the panel theme as well as individual paper titles and abstracts. Additional conference details and registration information will be available soon. It is planned to publish the conference proceedings at a future date.

Conference Organisers

Dr. Ross Mahoney (Aviation Historian, Royal Air Force Museum)

Simon Whalley (Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Royal Aeronautical Society)


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