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Air Power Speeches (Archived)

Air Power Speeches (Archived)

Royal Air Force Air Power Conference 2010

‘Meeting the Challenge’

I’d like to spend the next thirty minutes or so drawing together the key threads of what I hope you have found to have been an instructive and thought provoking couple of days.

In the first place, I think we’ve debated and rationalised a sounder understanding of the nature and scale of the challenge we currently face. Quite simply, we have articulated how air power supports national and international interests through the delivery of essential air power with space and cyber capabilities in complex scenarios,

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IISS Address - 15 February 2010

‘Dominant Air Power in the Information Age’

The Comparative Advantage of Air and Space Power in Future Conflict

Thank you for the kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be invited to address this prestigious institute, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to use this influential forum to add constructively to the debate about the future of Defence both here in the UK but more widely as well.

This event is particularly timely, given the recent publication of the Green Paper and you won’t be surprised to learn that I’m going to use its content and format to frame my remarks today. But right at the start, I’d like to make the assumption that you are familiar with the views put forward by my fellow service chiefs in recent weeks and, therefore, you will appreciate that what I am going to say is by its nature complementary not contradictory– although the later might make good copy, it’s not a particularly useful way forward when, as we sit here today our joint forces - air and land, made up of airmen and women, sailors and soldiers - are engaged in major fighting in support of Afghan and NATO operations in Afghanistan. Read full transcript of the address

RUSI Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2009 - Combat Operations: The Asymmetric Advantage of Air Power

I would like to begin by thanking the Director (Professor Michael Clarke) for his generous welcome. It is a real honour to be invited to deliver the annual Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture at this distinguished institution and I’d like to take the opportunity to express my personal appreciation for the way that RUSI continues to stimulate debate in the Defence and Security arena. This is a particularly important role at the present time when, arguably, we are approaching a genuinely strategic crossroads in the design of our future Defence Policy and Military requirements. Read full transcript of the Lecture

Lecture to the Royal Aeronautical Society - Air Power in Ages of Austerity

President, members of the Royal Aeronautical Society, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for that kind introduction and warm welcome. It is a great honour to be invited to give the 98th Wilbur and Orville Wright lecture in front of such a distinguished audience. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the continuing critical importance and relevance of the business of air power and space, especially when there are so many actual and potential challenges facing us. The scope of these challenges can be gleaned from a quick glance at today's newspapers, covering the Copenhagen summit on climate change, and the Chancellor's pre-budget report. Read full transcript of the Lecture

Speeches on Air Power by the The Late Commander in Chief Air Command

Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Moran KCB OBE MVO ADC MA BSc FRAeS RAF

Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Moran

Commander in Chief Air Command speech to People’s Republic of China and the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on their 60th Anniversary - Nov 09

Last year my air force, the Royal Air Force (RAF), celebrated its 90th Anniversary. Looking back over those 90 years as the world’s oldest Air Force the RAF has certainly travelled a long way. Most of the airpower roles we see today were developed during the First World War between 1914 and 1918. In the 1920s the RAF went on to conduct counter-insurgency (COIN) operations in Mesopotamia and on the North West Frontier of India. download full transcript of speech

Commander in Chief Air Command's speech to The Royal Aeronautical Society

In speaking to you this evening, I hope to achieve two aims. Firstly, to honour the memory and recognize the huge contribution that Sir Sydney Camm made to British aircraft design and, therefore, support to airpower. Secondly, to talk to you about the context in which the Royal Air Force delivers airpower in an uncertain world, and how we respond to those challenges today and plan to do so for the future. download full transcript of speech

Speeches on Air Power by the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff

Air Vice-Marshal B M North OBE MA RAF

Air Vice-Marshal North Defence iQ Military Satellites 2010 – 12 Jul 10

‘UK Space Capability Development’

Air Vice-Marshal Baz North, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff

Firstly, I would like to thank Defence IQ for the opportunity to provide the opening address for such an important event in the space community’s calendar, particularly this year, which has seen a step-change the UK’s recognition of its dependence on space. This has been brought about by events such as the launch of the UK Space Agency, which was established to provide direction to the UK’s civil space activities; and the publication of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, which proposed a number of recommendations to Government designed to stimulate further growth in the UK’s burgeoning space sector. And of course, noting that the theme of this event is military satellites, the ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review will seek to ensure that our Defence posture and capabilities are relevant to the world we live in today.

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Speeches on Air Power by the Air Commodore Air Staff

Air Commodore M Roberts CBE MA MBA RAF

Farnborough UK Space Development Capabilities Brief

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

To begin with, I would like to thank the Farnborough Airshow organisers (A|D|S) for allowing me the opportunity to provide a military perspective at this space-themed day, particularly this year, which has seen an awakening across Government, and society as a whole, to the consequences of living in the space era.

As we have heard already today, this awakening has been brought about by events such as the launch of the United Kingdom Space Agency and the publication of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, both of which will provide strategic opportunities for Britain’s world-leading space industry and for Government – including the Ministry of Defence.

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