‘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

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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 Keynote…

I am pleased, and proud, to note that this September I will be giving my first every keynote address at a conference. I have presented at many conferences and delivered lots of public lectures but to be asked to give a keynote is a singular honour. I have no doubt that this has come about … Continue reading First Keynote…

The ‘Cooks and Butchers’ Air Force: The Royal Air Force, Contingency Planning and Plan “Banquet”, 1940-1943

On 1 June, I will be speaking at a workshop held at the Second World War Research Group of the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. The subject of the workshop in ‘1940-1942: the Fulcrum of the Twentieth Century?’ and I will be speaking on Plan “Banquet,” which was an RAF contingency plan for … Continue reading The ‘Cooks and Butchers’ Air Force: The Royal Air Force, Contingency Planning and Plan “Banquet”, 1940-1943

A Question of Inter-Allied Relations: The RAF’s ‘Haddock’ Force, France and the Bombing of Italy in June 1940

Another conference paper that I will be giving is 'A Question of Inter-Allied Relations: The RAF’s ‘Haddock’ Force, France and the Bombing of Italy in June 1940' at the 'France and the Second World War in Global Perspective, 1919-45' conference that is being held at the University of Strathclyde in conjunction with Global War Studies. … Continue reading A Question of Inter-Allied Relations: The RAF’s ‘Haddock’ Force, France and the Bombing of Italy in June 1940

London and Curating the First World War in the Air

In a couple of weeks I will be presenting a paper at a conference organised between the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Imperial War Museum on the theme of 'London and Curating the First World War in the Air'. The conference itself is on 'London and the First World War' and more details can … Continue reading London and Curating the First World War in the Air

Conference – From ‘Shooting the Front’ to Combat ISTAR: The Evolution of Aerial Intelligence and Reconnaissance

From ‘Shooting the Front’ to Combat ISTAR: The Evolution of Aerial Intelligence and Reconnaissance  An International Conference held at the Royal Air Force Museum in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies 15-16 April 2015 This two-day international conference, organised in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power … Continue reading Conference – From ‘Shooting the Front’ to Combat ISTAR: The Evolution of Aerial Intelligence and Reconnaissance

RAF Museum Research Programme for 2015

One of my key roles at the RAF Museum has to be develop a Research Programme of lectures, conferences and workshops. As such, in February 2015, the RAF Museum will launch two new lecture series that seek to explore various aspects related to the history of the RAF and air power more generally. Part of … Continue reading RAF Museum Research Programme for 2015

Call for Papers – New Research in Military History: A Conference for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians

Call for Papers New Research in Military History: A Conference for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians 22 November 2014 A Conference organised by the British Commission for Military History in association with the University of Wolverhampton This conference, organised by the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) in association with the Department of History, Politics … Continue reading Call for Papers – New Research in Military History: A Conference for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians

‘The Humble Sandwich’: Air Power and the Development of British Operational Art, 1940-1944

Last night I had confirmation that my paper proposal for the 1944 conference that is being held at Sandhurst next April. This is a major international conference co-organised between Sandhurst and Global War Studies and should be a great event to present at. There is also the possibility publishing the paper. My proposal is below … Continue reading ‘The Humble Sandwich’: Air Power and the Development of British Operational Art, 1940-1944