Second World War Research Group Blog Posts

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

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Ongoing Projects

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

Wither Air Power Studies?

[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?

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

Managing Knowledge

In June, I attended a fascinating conference organised by the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War on the subject of ‘War in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.' One of the many interesting papers delivered was one by Dr Tarak Barkawi of the LSE on the theme of ‘Theory and History in the Archives … Continue reading Managing Knowledge

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

RAF Museum Academic Prizes for 2017

I am pleased to announce that for the second year running the RAF Museum is sponsoring a series of academic prizes to reward high-quality research in the field of air power studies broadly defined. The prizes consist of an award for the best undergraduate and Masters prize respectively and a bursary to support a PhD … Continue reading RAF Museum Academic Prizes for 2017

Introducing the Second World War Research Group

[Cross-posted from the Second World War Research Group] Editorial Note: As well as setting up From Balloons to Drones, one of the other projects that have kept me busy recently has been the Second World War Research Group. I previously convened The Second World War Military Operations Research Group, which last year merged with the … Continue reading Introducing the Second World War Research Group

From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors

Editorial Note: One of these reason that there have been a lack of updates to my own website is that last year I started a new website devoted to the study of air power. From Balloons to Drones is an online platform that seeks to provide analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and … Continue reading From Balloons to Drones – Call for Contributors