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
Just over a week ago at From Balloons to Drones, I discussed some of the changes that the discipline of air power studies currently faces. While I admitted I had no silver bullet for further developing the field, I did suggest that an academic - as opposed to a service - journal for the discipline … Continue reading Is there a need for an academic journal devoted to air power studies?
[Cross-posted from From Balloons to Drones] As editor of From Balloons to Drones, I thought I should reflect on what are probably the ten key books that have influenced me in my study of air power. However, I make three provisos. First, I attacked this from the perspective of key authors rather than the books … Continue reading Air War Books
Editorial Note: One of these reason that there have been a lack of updates to my own website is that last year I started a new website devoted to the study of air power. From Balloons to Drones is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and … Continue reading From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors
In anticipation of the Centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, the RAF Museum seeks proposals from postgraduate students, early-career, and established researchers for our annual Research Programme. Our Research Programme consists of three lecture series: The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society in London and … Continue reading Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme 2018
Dr Peter Lee, a noted expert on RAF drone operations, discusses 'Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century’ TALK OUTLINE Since the formation of 39 Squadron in 2007, and the subsequent formation of XIII Squadron in 2012, there has been a slow and at times uneasy progression towards a distinct … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century
It has been a while since I wrote anything meaningful for this blog and keeping it up to date has become increasingly challenging. However, I am not asking for you to all get the small violins out. Of course, I have been busy at work and developments at the RAF Museum continue to move forward … Continue reading An Update…
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 … Continue reading Call for Papers – Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty
Under the trove of popular works published about military aviation – some of which are splendid – there have been a couple of significant works published in 2016 that have added to the field of air power studies. First up is Matthew Powell’s The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1940-1943. While I have yet … Continue reading 2016 in Review
I have just started working on an aspect of one of my next major research projects, which is about the culture, ethos and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force. Specifically, I have started mapping the contributions that RAAF personnel have made to the Australian Defence Force Journal since its establishment in 1976. In short, … Continue reading What Value Writing?