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


Vol. 21 No. 2 RAF100 Special Edition

Vol 21 No 1 - RAF100 Special Edition


Vol. 20 No.3

Vol. 20 No. 2 - Deterrence Special Edition

Vol. 20 No.1


Vol. 19 No. 3

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

Vol. 19 No. 1


Vol. 18 No. 3

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

Vol. 18 No. 1


Vol. 17 No. 3

Vol. 17 No. 2

Vol. 17 No. 1


APR 95th Anniversary Special Edition

Vol. 16 No. 3

Vol. 16 No. 2

Vol. 16 No. 1


 Vol. 15 No. 3

Vol. 15 No. 2

Vol. 15 No. 1


Vol. 14 No. 3

Vol. 14 No. 2

Vol. 14 No. 1


Vol. 13 No. 3

Vol. 13 No. 2

Vol. 13 No. 1


Vol. 12 No. 3

Vol. 12 No. 2

Vol. 12 No. 1


Vol. 11 No. 3

Vol. 11 No. 2

Vol. 11 No. 1


Vol. 10 No. 2

Vol. 10 No. 1


Vol. 9 No. 2

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Vol. 8 No. 4

Vol. 8 No. 3

Vol. 8 No. 2

Vol. 8 No. 1


Vol. 7 No. 4

Vol. 7 No. 3

Vol. 7 No. 2

Vol. 7 No. 1


Vol. 6 No. 4

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Vol. 6 No. 2

Vol. 6 No. 1


Vol. 5 No. 4

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Vol. 5 No. 2

Vol. 5 No. 1


Vol. 4 No. 4

Vol. 4 No. 3

Vol. 4 No. 2

Vol. 4 No. 1


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


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

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


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. Cochran

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


Coming soon


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


Coming soon


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


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