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

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Top 3 Air Power Books of 2017 and what is to come…

Just before Christmas, several people on Twitter shared their top three books of 2017. This is a difficult challenge as there is always a plethora of popular and academic books published in my areas of interest. Also, shockingly, I only seem to have bought around 35 books last year and, of course, these were not … Continue reading Top 3 Air Power Books of 2017 and what is to come…

Is there a need for an academic journal devoted to air power studies?

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?

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

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…

‘Integrating’ the Italian Air Force after the Armistice

[Cross posted From Balloons to Drones] If there is one description of the multi-national and cosmopolitan composition of Allied forces in the Mediterranean theatre during the Second World War, it is ‘complex.’ This comment may seem obvious at first; however, were there not only British and American troops in the theatre but also forces from … Continue reading ‘Integrating’ the Italian Air Force after the Armistice

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 First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Night Owls: Lieutenant William Aitken and No. 151 Squadron in 1918

On 11 November 2016, Professor Niall Barr examines the development of air defence during the First World War through the experience of his Great Uncle. TALK OUTLINE This talk blends part of Professor Barr's family history with an examination of the German bombing campaign against Britain in the First World War and the development of … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Night Owls: Lieutenant William Aitken and No. 151 Squadron in 1918

From Balloons to Drones – Air Power Throughout the Ages

Here are details of an exciting new group blog on air power that I am involved with. It is entitled ‘From Balloons to Drones’ and it is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations in its broadest sense including space and cyber power. Go have a look!

From Balloons to Drones

From balloons to drones, exploring the development of air power from the earliest days of flight to now and the future.

Over the past two decades, airpower has become the “Western way of war” […] because it offers the prospect of military victory without large-scale destruction and loss of life. Airpower, however, cannot be decisive or even effective under all circumstances […] The utility of airpower is highly situational (emphasis added).

John Andreas Olsen[1]

Air power remains the preferred weapon of choice for many governments. However, the application and development of air power, and the associated forces that are responsible for its use, are controversial and misunderstood. Indeed, as Olsen noted above, the use of air power is situational and contextual. The efficient use of military force, which lies at the heart of air power thinking, is dependent on understanding the ends, ways, and means of strategy and the…

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The Transformation is Complete…and Thesis Submitted!

Well, it has happened…I put the words ‘Social’ and ‘Cultural’ into to my thesis title. For someone who once considered themselves an operational military historian who is interested in the conduct of war rather than the people behind, this is a rather big shift. To be honest it is not all that surprising. As my … Continue reading The Transformation is Complete…and Thesis Submitted!