‘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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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

An Isomorphic Culture: The RAF and the RAAF

As I have mentioned here, my current research is focused on the culture of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and how this has affected the Service’s effectiveness, ability to adapt to changing geostrategic challenges and its place within Australia’s broader strategic culture and national security framework. As such, this research has implications for discussions … Continue reading An Isomorphic Culture: The RAF and the RAAF

Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

The RAF Centre for Air Power Studies continues to make available interviews that have been conducted over the years at the RAF Staff College. In this video, Group Captain Tony Mason interviews Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire. At this point, Mason was Director of Defence Studies and conducted a number of these interviews including … Continue reading Interview with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

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

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century

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

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Musical Entertainments in the RFC/RAF on the Western Front, 1914-18

In this lecture, Dr Emma Hanna will explore the will explore the musical sound worlds of the airmen on active service 1914-18. TALK OUTLINE Music was a keystone in the maintenance of servicemen’s morale in all three forces, but so far very little work has been done on the musical activities of the Royal Flying … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Musical Entertainments in the RFC/RAF on the Western Front, 1914-18

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-46

In this lecture, Aashique Iqbal will explore the expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE The establishment in 1933 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was a consequence of the colonial Government of India’s policy of handing Indians token military control to forestall popular calls for greater Indian … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Expansion of the Royal Indian Air Force in World War II, 1939-46

RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture – Coping with Technological Uncertainty: Military Aircraft Procurement, 1945-1957

On 17 March, as part of the RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture series, Professor Keith Hayward will examine Britain’s military aircraft procurement process during the early period of the Cold War. TALK OUTLINE The period from the end of the Second World War through to the Sandys White Paper of 1957 was a major … Continue reading RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture – Coping with Technological Uncertainty: Military Aircraft Procurement, 1945-1957

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945

On 9 March, Professor Andrew Knapp examines the Allied bombing campaign against targets in France during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE Studies of the Allied strategic bombing offensive during the Second World War have tended, logically, to focus on the main target, Germany. Yet, over one in every five bombs dropped by the Allies … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945