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
As most of you are by now aware, I moved to Australia in late-2017. Having moved without a job, I am busy writing and preparing to get back into researching a couple of new project in due course. However, I am still trying to be active on the lecture scene, and I will be giving … Continue reading First Lecture in Australia!
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
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
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
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
While I have been quiet of late on my website, that does not mean I have been idle elsewhere. As mentioned here, I am an Assistant Director of the Second World War Research Group, and one of our regular activities is the organisation of an annual conference. In 2017, the theme for our conference was … Continue reading Second World War Research Group Blog Posts
Ok, having updated the site, I feel I need to post more regularly, so, all being well, expect some more ramblings from me. I thought I would start with an update on various projects. First, I have just finished a chapter on air power at Gallipoli that should appear in early 2018. The role of … Continue reading Ongoing Projects
[Cross posted from From Balloons to Drones] I started writing this post several months ago, but for various reasons, it lay dormant until a recent Twitter exchange began with Brian Laslie. Brian suggested that Mark Clodfelter’s The Limits of Air Power was the ‘foundation of modern air power studies.’ This immediately got my attention, and … Continue reading Wither Air Power Studies?
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