‘From Balloons to Drones’ reaches 100 Posts!

Just over two years ago I set up the website From Balloons to Drones and today we posted our one-hundredth post. This article can be found here. It is often hard to reflect on the success of such endeavours, but there is part of me that is proud of what has been achieved. I started … Continue reading ‘From Balloons to Drones’ reaches 100 Posts!

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‘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

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

First Lecture in Australia!

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!

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

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…

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

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?

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?

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