‘From Balloons to Drones’ reaches 100 Posts!

Just over two years ago I set up the website From Balloons to Drones and today we posted our one-hundredth post. This article can be found here. It is often hard to reflect on the success of such endeavours, but there is part of me that is proud of what has been achieved. I started … Continue reading ‘From Balloons to Drones’ reaches 100 Posts!

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Call for Contributors – Towards a Cultural Understanding of Air Forces

Culture matters but why does it matter? Culture matters because the values, beliefs and assumptions that underpin military organisations shape their behaviour and that of their personnel at all levels. However, the relationship between air forces and their culture has been little discussed and much assumed in the historiography. Indeed, as Allan English reflected in … Continue reading Call for Contributors – Towards a Cultural Understanding of Air Forces

‘It’s a pilots air force’: Air Force Culture and Military Effectiveness in a Disruptive World

On 21 May 2018, I will be presenting at the fourth Sir James Rowland Air Power Seminar at UNSW Canberra. The Rowland seminars are a joint endeavour between the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW and the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Power Development Centre. The seminar is designed … Continue reading ‘It’s a pilots air force’: Air Force Culture and Military Effectiveness in a Disruptive World

Writes things about air force culture…

I must admit that over the past few weeks my writing mojo has left me somewhat. There are lots of reasons for this that I will not dwell on too much here. Despite this, over at From Balloons to Drones we have been running a series in conjunction with The Central Blue on issues related … Continue reading Writes things about air force culture…

Creating the Narrative: The Royal Air Force, ‘The War in the Air,’ and the Origins of a Discipline

While I mentioned the other day that I am giving my first lecture here in Australia in April, I have been remiss in mentioning that in I have also had a conference paper accepted as well. In July I will be presenting at the conference of the International Society for First World War Studies in … Continue reading Creating the Narrative: The Royal Air Force, ‘The War in the Air,’ and the Origins of a Discipline

First Lecture in Australia!

As most of you are by now aware, I moved to Australia in late-2017. Having moved without a job, I am busy writing and preparing to get back into researching a couple of new project in due course. However, I am still trying to be active on the lecture scene, and I will be giving … Continue reading First Lecture in Australia!

Introducing #highintensitywar

Last Sunday, From Balloons to Drones, launched our joint series on high-intensity warfare in the 21st century. This series has been developed in conjunction with The Central Blue, the blog of the Williams Foundation here in Australia. These articles will help provide intellectual input for a seminar on this subject in Canberra, Australia on 22 … Continue reading Introducing #highintensitywar

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