Air Power and Strategy: Challenges for the 21st Century
12-13 June 2008
The Conference of: King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College
in partnership with
The Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies
Sponsored by Northrop Grumman
Dr Christina Goulter
King’s College London
The utility of Air Power has never been so hotly debated as in the current strategic environment. Many air forces around the world are re-examining their strategic direction and doctrine after a decade and a half of contributing to the Joint environment, very largely in a supporting role. Some air power advocates believe that Air Power is being under-exploited in current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they also point out that air power may again have to play an independent strategic role against major state threats to national security.
Some observers may argue that the way in which Air Power is being employed is undergoing a radical revolution. Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have already demonstrated air power’s strategic effect through non-kinetic means, including humanitarian relief, reassurance, and coercive ‘shows of force’. It is recognised that the psychological impact of Air Power is just one important area demanding further exploration.
Given the broad range of effect that may be required of Air Power in the future, the challenges will be enormous. These challenges may require revision of existing Air and Space doctrine, and possibly even a rethinking of national strategy, given the various military and non-military instruments of power now available to governments.
The aim of this conference is to bring together in one forum the leading international Air Power practitioners and academics, and wider Service and governmental parties interested in the utility of Air Power, across the full spectrum of human endeavour, from warfighting to humanitarian relief operations.
This conference is being held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy.
The conference proceedings will be published subsequently in book form.
We invite submissions on the following topics:
Strategic use of air and space power
Coercive use of air and space power against sub-state actors
The use of air and space power in building regional security
Future air and space power strategies
The understanding of air and space power by the media and public
The ethics of air and space power in fourth-generation warfare
The role of air and space power in enabling global security
Presenters already confirmed include:
Colonel John Warden USAF (Rtd.) – Keynote speaker
Dr Phil Meilinger – Former Dean of the USAF School of Advanced Air Power Studies
Dr James Corum – US Army Command and General Staff College
Dr Joel Hayward – Dean, Royal Air Force College
Abstracts (of no more than 350 words) should be emailed to Sqn Ldr Amanda Martin-Smith, the Conference Administrator, at:
or posted to her at:
Defence Academy Shrivenham
SN6 8LA, United Kingdom
All submissions must be received by 15 January 2008.
All prospective contributors will be notified by 5 February 2008.
Queries of an academic nature should be directed to:
Dr Christina Goulter,
Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies
King’s College London,
and Conference Convenor at:
Tel. +44 (0)1793 788-191
The length of each presentation and the number of papers per session will be finally determined in accordance with the number and thematic distribution of the successful proposals. However, prospective presenters should normally expect 30 minutes per presentation, plus 15 minutes of discussion time.
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