On 10 November, Dr Viktoriya Fedorchak will explore the recent development of RAF air power doctrine.



In the recent two decades, military doctrine has returned into the strategic discourse of the British Armed Forces. Much of attention was paid to the role of doctrine in the reorganisation of the Army regarding Bagnall’s reform. It was explored regarding the different operational environment, including PSO and COIN realities. It was examined in relation to a conceptual framework of its development for the Royal Navy. However, it was not fully explored regarding the role of military doctrine in the development of the RAF and the evolution of air power. The offered research examines how RAF environmental doctrine changed in 1999-2013 and which factors influenced it. The main rationale for this inquiry is in need to understand how the RAF has adapted to the post-Cold War strategic environment and what are the recent trends in its development.

This research is conducted regarding historiographic approach and aims at covering the inside story of the preparation of three editions of air power doctrine. Therefore, the changes in strategic discourse, purpose, target audience, functionality in the doctrinal hierarchy are analysed regarding each edition of air power doctrine. In this regard, the degree of influence of the four major factors in doctrine preparation is analysed. They include operational experience, internal politics, the role of academics and doctrine writers. The research concludes that the major driving force for the revision of air power doctrine was the internal factor. Although new campaigns provided operational lessons for each edition, the review process was primarily conditioned by considerations of the internal environment: the stages of the institutionalisation of jointery. Accordingly, the main change in the preparation of environmental doctrine is a shift from a single-service to joint authorship, which resulted in the change of purpose and functionality of an environmental doctrine. Although the role of academics remained relatively the same, the contribution of the authors shifted from a personality-driven to an institutional approach.


Please note that this lecture will be held in the main lecture theatre (MC001) at the University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY at 18:30PM on Thursday 10 November 2016.


This lecture is free of charge however; we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket, as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information. If you would like to support the Museum by making a donation you can do so here.



Dr. Viktoriya Fedorchak is a graduate of the University of Hull (Ph.D.), Roma Sapienza University, Rome (MA) and Kyiv International University in Ukraine (MA and BA) She recently completed her Ph.D. on the subject of ‘The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013,’ which examined factors that influenced the process of doctrine preparation in the Service. She has taught on a range of courses at the University of Nottingham, the University of Hull and Kyiv International University. Her research interests include defence studies, contemporary warfare, air power, and military doctrine.


The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies form part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme. This programme consists of the First World War in the Air and Cold War Lunchtime Lectures and other events such as conferences. Details of further lectures can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please email me at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the War Studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton.

Please note that lectures are subject to change.


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