In today’s ambiguous strategic environment it is common to see the campaigns against terrorism and various insurgencies being characterised as primarily soldiers’ struggles. Media coverage of those campaigns routinely depicts platoons of soldiers in body-armour patrolling hostile suburbs. Yet the media seldom shows air forces and their aircraft despite these playing significant roles in almost all aspects of the multi-faceted, multi-theatre War on Terror and the various insurgencies that it reportedly includes.
This conference – to be held at the historic and prestigious Royal Air Force College – will assess the nature and significance of air power’s recent and current roles, contributions and challenges.
KCL’s Air Power Studies team intends the conference to attract practitioners, policy-makers, academics and especially university students, and for it therefore to wrestle analytically with big air power-related themes and topics at the heart of current strategy and security debates.
Day 1: Wednesday 22 August 2007
0900 Registration & Coffee
1055 Admin Introduction: Mr Chris Finn
1100 Conference Welcome and Introduction: Dr Joel Hayward
1115 Keynote Address: Professor Matt Uttley, “The Air Power Challenge: Continuity and Change in the Strategic Environment”
1200 Group Captain Neville Parton, “Air Power and Insurgency: Early RAF Doctrine”
1345 Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye, “Royal Air Force Operations in Southwest Arabia 1917-1967”
1430 Dr. Richard Grossman, “’Looks Suspicious’: The U.S. Marines’ Air Campaign against the Sandino Insurgents of Nicaragua, 1927-1933”
1545 Dr. David Jordan, “Air power in Urban Insurgencies: the Battles of Surabaya and Fallujah”
1630 Keynote Address: Dr. Philip S. Meilinger, "Starting with a Blank Sheet: Principles of War for a New Century”
1830-2100 Conference Dinner (all)
2100-2300 Bar (cash)
Day 2: Thursday 23 August 2007
0900 Keynote Address: Professor James Corum, “It’s Not Air Control Any More: The Contemporary Realities of Employing Airpower in Small Wars”
0945 Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe and Mr. Andrew Mumford, “Un- necessary or Unsung? The Strategic Role of Air Power in Britain’s Colonial Counter-Insurgencies”
1100 Speaker A (Longcroft Room) Dr. Sibylle Scheipers, “Transatlantic Interoperability and the Law of Armed Conflict: Air Power Targeting Decisions in Afghanistan and Iraq”
Speaker B (Smuts Room) Captain Steinar Sanderød, “The Use of Air Power Today: Have New Ethical Dilemmas Occurred?”
1145 Speaker A (Longcroft Room) Ms. Evelyn Krache Morris, “Techniques and Gadgets, Hearts and Minds: An Analysis of Operation Ranch Hand”
Speaker B (Smuts Room) Ms. Sarah Elizabeth Kreps, “Airpower after Lebanon: Getting it Right”
1330 Speaker A (Longcroft Room) Mr. Thomas Withington, “Air Power and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan”
Speaker B (Smuts Room) Group Captain Afzal Ashraf, “The Ethics of Air Power in the Age of the Global Salafi Jihad”
1415 Speaker A (Longcroft Room) Dr. Christina Goulter, “Urban Close Air Support in Counter-Insurgency Warfare: Lessons from Greece, 1944- 45”
Speaker B (Smuts Room) Mr. Christian F. Anrig, “Neglected Contributors: the Continental European Air Powers”
1500 Closing Address: Sir Glenn Torpy, Chief of the Air Staff, RAF
1600 Farewell: Dr Joel Hayward
The cost to delegates is £30. This covers accommodation for the night of Wednesday 22 August, all food including a Conference Dinner in College Hall and basic refreshments for the duration of the Conference.
A cheque for £30 made out to “Service Funds RAF Cranwell” should be returned with the form below to:
Air Power Conference 2007
Royal Air Force College
Lincolnshire NG34 8HB
On receipt of the form and cheque an acknowledgement of booking and further information on the Conference will be sent to delegates by e-mail.
Unfortunately, credit card payments cannot be accepted so overseas delegates will be asked to pay in UK Sterling, cash on arrival.
Because of the lead time for arranging services through the RAF Cranwell contractor there will be no refunds for cancellations received after 1 August 2007 unless an alternative delegate can be found in time.
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