Call for Papers

Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty

A One-Day Conference to be held at the Royal Air Force Museum in conjunction with the Air Power Studies Research Group, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College

29 September 2017

Keynote Speakers: Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy and Colonel Professor John Andreas Olsen

Over the past two decades, airpower has become the “Western way of war” […] because it offers the prospect of military victory without large-scale destruction and loss of life.

John Andreas Olsen (2015)


Since Operation DESERT STORM, air power has increasingly become the military tool of choice for Western governments. Air power has played a major role in conflicts since the end of the Cold War as part of state responses to violence in this period. As such, to understand the relevance of air power in this period, this conference, organised by the RAF Museum and the Air Power Studies Research Group of King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, aims to explore air power developments from the late-Cold War period through to the present day. The conference also seeks to bring together in one forum practitioners and academics, and wider Service, governmental and industry parties interested in the utility of air power. Themes to be explored might include, but not limited to:

Roles | Operations | Strategy, Theory and Doctrine

Strategic and Operational Effect | Technological Developments

Organisation and Policy | Air Force Culture | Ethical and Moral Issues

National, International and Transnational Experiences

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 relevant professionals.

By 31 March 2017, proposals should be submitted to the email below 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.


Dr Ross Mahoney (RAF Museum)

Dr Bleddyn Bowen (King’s College London)

A copy of the Call for Papers can be downloaded here.


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