‘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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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

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

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

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

Review Article – Air Power in Technicolour

[Cross-posted from From Balloons to Drones] John Dibbs and Tony Holmes, Spitfire: The Legend Lives On. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2016. Foreword. Images. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. pp. 224. John Dibbs, Tony Holmes and Gordon Riley, Hurricane: Hawker’s Fighter Legend. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2017. Foreword. Images. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. pp. 256. John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey … Continue reading Review Article – Air Power in Technicolour

Conference – Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty

Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty An International Conference to be held at the RAF Museum London Organised in conjunction with the Air Power Studies Research Group, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College 29 September 2017 Over the past two decades, airpower has become the “Western way of war” … Continue reading Conference – Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – From Habit to Dependency: Hendon and Military Aviation in the First World War

In this talk, the RAF Museum’s Archive, Library and Research Manager, Nina Hadaway, explores the relationship between Hendon and the development of military aviation during the First World War. TALK OUTLINE Hendon has a long association with aviation. As early as the 1910s experimental flights were undertaken across its green fields, and air races fired … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – From Habit to Dependency: Hendon and Military Aviation in the First World War

Air War Books

[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

RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture – Anglo-Australian Air Power in the Defence of ANZAM

On 15 September 2017, Wing Commander Travis Hallen of the Royal Australian Air Force will examine the role of air power in defending the sea lines of communications of the ANZAM region during the Cold War. TALK OUTLINE The defeat of the Japanese Empire in 1945 removed the only threat to Commonwealth maritime security in … Continue reading RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture – Anglo-Australian Air Power in the Defence of ANZAM