Centre for Air and Space Power Studies (RAF CASPS)

Air Power Review

The Air Power Review is published three times a year with Spring, Summer and Autumn/Winter editions.  The publication aims to support the British armed forces in general and the Royal Air Force in particular by developing thinking about the application of air power.  The intention is to provide a forum for high quality and academically credible articles on air and space power, with the objective of stimulating debate and promoting the evolution of air and space power thinking within the wider military and academic communities. 

RAF CASPS Notes for Authors

2018

Vol. 21 No. 3 RAF100 Special Edition

Vol. 21 No. 2 RAF100 Special Edition

Vol 21 No 1 - RAF100 Special Edition

2017

Vol. 20 No.3

Vol. 20 No. 2 - Deterrence Special Edition

Vol. 20 No.1

2016

Vol. 19 No. 3

Air Power Review Vol. 19 No. 2 - First Gulf War 25th Anniversary Special Edition

Vol. 19 No. 1

2015

Vol. 18 No. 3

Vol. 18 No. 2 - Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Special Edition

Vol. 18 No. 1

2014

Vol. 17 No. 3

Vol. 17 No. 2

Vol. 17 No. 1

2013

APR 95th Anniversary Special Edition

Vol. 16 No. 3

Vol. 16 No. 2

Vol. 16 No. 1

2012

 Vol. 15 No. 3

Vol. 15 No. 2

Vol. 15 No. 1

2011

Vol. 14 No. 3

Vol. 14 No. 2

Vol. 14 No. 1

2010

Vol. 13 No. 3

Vol. 13 No. 2

Vol. 13 No. 1

2009

Vol. 12 No. 3

Vol. 12 No. 2

Vol. 12 No. 1

2008

Vol. 11 No. 3

Vol. 11 No. 2

Vol. 11 No. 1

2007

Vol. 10 No. 2

Vol. 10 No. 1

2006

Vol. 9 No. 2

Vol. 9 No. 1

2005

Vol. 8 No. 4

Vol. 8 No. 3

Vol. 8 No. 2

Vol. 8 No. 1

2004

Vol. 7 No. 4

Vol. 7 No. 3

Vol. 7 No. 2

Vol. 7 No. 1

2003

Vol. 6 No. 4

Vol. 6 No. 3

Vol. 6 No. 2

Vol. 6 No. 1

2002

Vol. 5 No. 4

Vol. 5 No. 3

Vol. 5 No. 2

Vol. 5 No. 1

2001

Vol. 4 No. 4

Vol. 4 No. 3

Vol. 4 No. 2

Vol. 4 No. 1

2000

Vol. 3 No. 4

Vol. 3 No. 3

Vol. 3 No. 2

Vol. 3 No. 1

1998 & 1999 editions are not yet available electronically.

Air Power Journal

Air Power Journal 2018

Air Power Journal 2017

Air Power Journal 2016

Chief of the Air Staff's Reading List

The MOD online library includes a selection of many of the titles featured in the Chief of the Air Staff’s Reading Lists 2012-2018 which are available to all MoD personnel for free. CAS' Reading Lists 2012-2018.

CAS' Reading List 2018

 

CAS' Reading List 2017

 

CAS’ Reading List 2016

 

CAS’ Reading List 2015

 

CAS’ Reading List 2014

 

CAS’ Reading List 2013

 

CAS’ Reading List 2012

 

Royal Air Force Publications

Royal Air Force: Aircraft & Weapons Fourth Edition (Revised)

Academic Papers

The views expressed in  these papers are those of the authors and do not represent those of the Royal Air Force. Furthermore, such views should not be considered as constituting an official endorsement of factual accuracy, opinion, conclusion or recommendation of the Royal Air Force, or wider Ministry of Defence.

Air Power Policy / Strategy

NATO – How does the Royal Air Force invest more appropriately?’ by Wg Cdr S. Cloke

RPAS: Future Force or Force Multiplier? An analysis of manned/unmanned platforms and force balancing for Future Force 2020 and beyond’ by Wg Cdr D. Killeen

Lighter than Air or Hot Air? Influence, Defence Engagement and the Air Power Contribution’ by Sqn Ldr R. A. Hart

Linking Strategy to Expeditionary: What Are the Defining Characteristics of the RAF Expeditionary Experience and are these of Relevance to the Contemporary Landscape?’ by Wg Cdr M J E Sutton

'Asymmetric Threats to British Military Intervention Operations' by Sqn Ldr Nicholas J. Newman

Air Power Theory / Doctrine

Re-presenting British Air Power Doctrine: A Visual Model of Air Power’ by Wg Cdr C. R. Melville MBE

The Effect of National Caveats on Risk Aversion and Military Efficacy in Alliances’ by Wg Cdr S. Ryles

Integrated Battle Concepts and the Quest for Optimised Joint Warfighting’ by Sqn Ldr E. J. Flynn

Delivering effective Air-Land Integration (ALI) in the next war: what enduring lessons can UK Defence draw from historical and contemporary operations to generate and maintain an efficient, joint ALI capability that is fit for future conflict?’ by Wg Cdr S. P. Kilvington

How We Will Fly: As the conclusion of the ‘Hundred Year Experiment’ approaches, are UK Joint Air capabilities sufficiently understood, correctly configured and appropriately trained to be effectively integrated into future adaptive and expeditionary campaigns?’ by Wg Cdr A. J. Wright

Historic Case Studies

Me, Myself and I: How Important were Personality, Ego and Personal Relationships to British Air Land Integration in the Western Desert and Normandy?’ by Wg Cdr P. Rait

How Influential was World War One in the Development of the Royal Air Force’s Early Concepts and Doctrine?’ by Wg Cdr G. J. M. Littlechild

‘Inter-War, Inter-Service Friction on the North-West Frontier of India and its Impact on the Development and Application of Royal Air Force Doctrine’ by Andrew John Charles Walters

'Intervention and Stabilisation: A historical approach to future UK air power engagement with the UN'  by Sqn Ldr Tim Stringer

Geopolitics

The Opportunities and Risks to Britain from Enhanced Defence Cooperation with Japan’ by Gp Capt A. Hetterley

The Impact of the US Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific on the UK’s Policy Towards China’ by Wg Cdr P. Cochrane

The Threat to Geopolitical Stability Posed by ‘Compatriot Politics’ in Russia’s European Near Abroad’ by Gp Capt J. P. Sutton

What are the lessons for NATO’s ability to engage in coercive diplomacy from the Libyan, Syrian and Ukraine crises?’ by Wg Cdr R. Matthews

”A Middle Eastern Mare’s Nest”? Assess the Dilemmas Facing Western Governments on Policy towards Egypt, Libya and Syria’ by Wg Cdr J D Heeps

Technology / Capability

Single Mission Aircraft or Multi-Mission Capabilities: How Might the UK Look to Deliver its Next Generation of ISTAR Capability?’ by Wg Cdr R. I. Henderson-Begg

Will the Effectiveness of Precision Weapons in the Future be Influenced by their Successful Employment in the Past?’ by Wg Cdr M. A. Nicholas

The fallibility of judgement: Analysing the influence of technology in failures of British military strategic decision-making’ by Wg Cdr W. Saunders

Space

Coming soon

Cyber

‘Military Aviation’s Cyber Challenge; Are Cyber-Vulnerabilities a Credible Threat to a Modern Air Force?’ by Sqn Ldr Daniel Lydiate

Cyber: buzzword or instrument of national power?’ by Wg Cdr M. G. Brockie 

How should Offensive Cyber Capabilities be integrated into Full Spectrum Targeting?’ by Wg Cdr M. J. Bressani

‘An International Regime For Cyberspace’ by Wg Cdr Leah Griffin

Leadership

Coming soon

Speeches

A transcript of the keynote speech as given by Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, to the Air Power Conference 2018 is now available to download here.

A transcript of the keynote speech as given by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC MA RAF, to the Air Power Conference 2018 is now available to download here

‘Lord Trenchard: Inspiring The Next Generation Air Force’: The RUSI Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2017 by Air Marshal Stuart Atha CB DSO MA BSc RAF, Deputy Commander Operations, Royal Air Force delivered at the Royal United Services Institute, London on 4 October 2017.

The Chief Of Staff, U.S. Air Force Keynote Speech to the RAF Air Power Conference 2017, given by Chief Of Staff, U.S. Air Force, General David Goldfein to the Air Power Conference 2017.

The Chief of the Air Staff's Keynote Speech to the RAF Air Power Conference 2017, given by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC MA RAF to the Air Power Conference 2017.

The Annual Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture 2016 by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff delivered at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 6 December 2016.

‘A 'New' and Exciting Royal Air Force Towards its 2nd Century’: The RUSI Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2016 given by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff at the Royal United Services Institute, London on 24 October 2016.

Chief of the Air Staff's Keynote Speech to RAF Air Power Conference 2016 given by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC, to RAF Air Power Conference 2016.

‘Building the Best Force for the Next Century’: The Chief of the Air Staff's Speech to the Turkish Air Force International Symposium on Air Warfare, 2016, Istanbul, given by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF.

‘Maintaining Dominant Combat Power in Fiscal Austerity’: The Chief of the Air Staff's Speech to Hellenic Air Force's 4th Annual Conference, February 2016, given by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF.

‘Thinking to Win’: The keynote address given by Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, to Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition on 24 Sept 15.

'Two Decades at the Chuo Keiba': A presentation by Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, Ministry of Defence, to the Air Commanders’ Dialogue Japan on 23rd October 2014. Accompanying slide deck.

‘Contingency: Back to the Future’: The RUSI Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2014 given by Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF, Chief of the Air Staff, at the Royal United Services Institute, London on 18 September 2014.

Air Historical Branch Narratives

The Landings in Normandy – AIR 41-24 Vol 3

The Breakout and Advance to the Lower Rhine 12 Jun-30 Sep 1944 – AIR 41-67 Vol 4

Arnhem: The Air Reconnaissance Story

The RAF Small Wars and Insurgencies in the Middle East 1919-1939

The RAF, Small Wars and Insurgencies: Later Colonial Operations, 1945-1975

 

Other Publications

Royal Air Force Centre for Air and Space Power Studies Medium Page

The Sir Sydney Camm Lecture 2015 - by Air Marshal Sir Baz North, AMP
Delivered at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London on 8 June, 2015. ‘Air Power and the Defence Aerospace Industry in the Whole Force Era’ and Presentation Slides.

 

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