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
Now that I have finished a couple of projects I can start to slowly turn my attention to my next major research project until they come back from peer review. Principally this is to continue the research I started a few months ago on the culture, ethos, and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force … Continue reading Sky Diggers? The Culture, Ethos, and Ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force from Formation to Plan JERICHO
I have just started working on an aspect of one of my next major research projects, which is about the culture, ethos and ethics of the Royal Australian Air Force. Specifically, I have started mapping the contributions that RAAF personnel have made to the Australian Defence Force Journal since its establishment in 1976. In short, … Continue reading What Value Writing?
Here is a piece on ‘Air Power and the Challenge of Professional Military Education’ that are based on my recent attendance at a conference at the Royal Military College of Canada on the theme of the ‘Education of an Air Force.’ This post can also be found at The Central Blue, the blog of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation in Australia.
By Ross Mahoney
I have just come back from a conference at the Royal Military College of Canada on the theme of the ‘Education of an Air Force’ that was well worth the visit. I am sure most readers will agree that the subject of education is of vital importance and this is something that has been increasingly realised in recent years as modern air forces seek to grapple with the challenges that confront them in the operational sphere.
Ideas such as conceptual innovation have become catchphrases for efforts such as the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Thinking to Win programme, the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Plan JERICHO and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) AIRpower in Formation process. Underpinning these, to a greater or lesser degree, is the importance of air power education. Indeed, as Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander of RCAF, recently noted in the introduction to an article…
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Matthias Strohn (ed.), The Battle of the Somme (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2016). With the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme looming large on the horizon, it is unsurprising that we will see a number of publications produced about the battle. Some will regurgitate the same old trope about ‘lions led by donkeys’; however, this … Continue reading Acquisitions
I am pleased to announce that on 3 March, I will be giving a paper at the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. I will be talking on 'The ‘Air Force Spirit’: Towards a Cultural Understanding of the Royal Air Force, 1918-1939'. TALK OUTLINE Born out of the necessity of the First … Continue reading Lecture – The ‘Air Force Spirit’: Towards a Cultural Understanding of the Royal Air Force, 1918-1939
Yesterday I found out that the corrections to my PhD had been accepted by my examiners. This, of course, is great news. The changes suggested by my examiners, Dr Peter Lee and Dr Armin Grünbacher, have led to a much improved thesis and hopefully it will make a contribution to our understanding of the early … Continue reading The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
Call for Papers Culture Clash: Intercultural Allies and Enemies Summer Conference British Commission for Military History Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford 11 July 2015 The British Commission for Military History invites proposals for its annual summer conference on the theme of ‘culture clash’. The conference will be held at Arts at the Old … Continue reading Call for Papers – Culture Clash: Intercultural Allies and Enemies
The question of leadership styles adopted in organisations relates to the institutions culture. This culture is shaped by the values, beliefs and assumption that underpin institutional thinking and encompasses conceptual as well as physical concerns. For the RAF this has often be shaped around three broad areas; ‘Command of the Air’ (in both conceptual and … Continue reading Dowding, Command Culture and the Challenge of Empowerment