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Latest Edition of the British Journal for Military History

On Friday, the British Journal for Military History published its latest edition. The focus of this edition is the development and experience of air power in the British Empire during the First World War. The edition was co-edited by Dr Michael Molkentin and I. We brought together a range of established and emerging academics to … Continue reading Latest Edition of the British Journal for Military History

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An Isomorphic Culture: The RAF and the RAAF

As I have mentioned here, my current research is focused on the culture of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and how this has affected the Service’s effectiveness, ability to adapt to changing geostrategic challenges and its place within Australia’s broader strategic culture and national security framework. As such, this research has implications for discussions … Continue reading An Isomorphic Culture: The RAF and the RAAF

Top 3 Air Power Books of 2017 and what is to come…

Just before Christmas, several people on Twitter shared their top three books of 2017. This is a difficult challenge as there is always a plethora of popular and academic books published in my areas of interest. Also, shockingly, I only seem to have bought around 35 books last year and, of course, these were not … Continue reading Top 3 Air Power Books of 2017 and what is to come…

Call for Contributions – High-Intensity Warfare in the 21st Century

Since the end of the Cold War, the West’s militaries have been engaged in a series of protracted and persistent low-intensity counterinsurgency campaigns. For air forces, this has broadly meant involvement in campaigns where there have been few serious challenges to control of the air and air dominance was assumed. However, as we move further … Continue reading Call for Contributions – High-Intensity Warfare in the 21st Century

Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

Now that I have finished a couple of projects I can start to slowly turn my attention to my next major research project until they come back from peer review. Principally this is to continue the research I started a few months ago on the culture, ethos, and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force … Continue reading Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO

Second World War Research Group Blog Posts

While I have been quiet of late on my website, that does not mean I have been idle elsewhere. As mentioned here, I am an Assistant Director of the Second World War Research Group, and one of our regular activities is the organisation of an annual conference. In 2017, the theme for our conference was … Continue reading Second World War Research Group Blog Posts

Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies continues to make available interviews that have been conducted over the years at the RAF Staff College. In this video, Group Captain Tony Mason interviews Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire. At this point, Mason was Director of Defence Studies and conducted a number of these interviews including … Continue reading Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

Ongoing Projects

Ok, having updated the site, I feel I need to post more regularly, so, all being well, expect some more ramblings from me. I thought I would start with an update on various projects. First, I have just finished a chapter on air power at Gallipoli that should appear in early 2018. The role of … Continue reading Ongoing Projects

Interviews with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies has just posted up a couple of interesting interviews on YouTube with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont. These were interviewed at the RAF Staff College at Bracknell in the early 1990s. It was not unusual to have after-dinner speakers at Bracknell, and it … Continue reading Interviews with Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas and Wing Commander Roland Beamont