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

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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

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

From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors

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

Call for Contributors – Cavalry of the Clouds? The Development and Experience of Air Power in the British Empire during the First World War

In recent years, an emerging body of scholarship has developed our understanding of the complexity and significance of the war the Royal Air Force and its antecedents fought during the First World War. Nonetheless much remains to be written on the subject of the development of Britain's air arms, as well as those of the … Continue reading Call for Contributors – Cavalry of the Clouds? The Development and Experience of Air Power in the British Empire during the First World War