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2007 RAAF - Chief of Air Force - Air Show Conference 

Smaller Air Forces and the Future of Air Power (Melbourne)

Subject Speaker Position Country
Welcome Address Air Marshall Geoff Shepherd Chief of Air Force Australia
Opening Address Dr Brendan Nelson Minister of Defence Australia
Reshaping the RAAF Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn Deputy Chief of Air Force Australia 
Perspective from Canada Lieutenant General J.S.Lucas Chief of the Air Staff Canada 
Perspective from Asia Brigadier General Ng Chee Khern Chief of Air Force Republic of Singapore
Perspective from U.K Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy Chief of the Air Staff United Kingdom
Reshaping the RAAF Air Vice-Marshal John Quaife Air Commander Australia
Vignettes . . . . . RAAF personnel   Australia
Close Air Marshall Geoff Shepherd    

 

 

 

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2004 RAAF - NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE (NCW)

AND THE 

FUTURE OF AIR POWER (Canberra)

Subject Speaker
THE ADF ROADMAP Senator The Hon Robert Hill BA, LLB, FTIA
RAAF RESPONSE TO THE ADF ROADMAP Air Marshal Angus Houston, AO, AFC
NCW AND AIR POWER Lieutenant Joseph E. Hurd. (USAF, Retired)
NCW PERSPECTIVES FROM THE U.K. Air Vice-Marshal Iain McNicoll, CBE, BSc, FRAeS, RAF
THE VALUE OF NCW TO AIR POWER

Air Marshal Subhash Bhojwani (Indian Air Force)

Lt. Gen.l Dato’ Azizan bin Ariffin (Royal MaIaysian Air Force)

NCW & THE ADF -  Professor Ross Babbage
SEVEN PROPOSITIONS ABOUT CLOSE AIR ATTACK ON THE FUTURE BATTLEFIELD Dr Alan Vick
A BRIEF HISTORY OF NCW Dr Alan Stephens
FUTURE OPERATIONS OF AUSTRALIAN AIR POWER Mr Sanu Kainikara
NCW OPERATIONS & MODULAR SYSTEMS Lieutenant General Carl O'Berry (USAF Retired)
NCW - DOCTRINAL ISSUES Group Captain Chris Finn, RAF
THE FUTURE OF THE NAVY & NCW Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, AO, RAN
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - KEY TO NCW Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer, AM, CSC
THE FUTURE OF THE ARMY & NCW Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, AO
NCW & RAAF PEOPLE VIGNETTE  
OBSERVATIONS Air Vice-Marshal Roxley McLennan, AM
OBSERVATIONS  Air Marshal Angus Houston, AO, AFC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002 RAAF - Aerospace Conference - Conflict, the State and Aerospace Power:

New Perspectives for the Third Millennium? (Canberra)  

                                Subject

Speaker

Opening Address                                                                                          Air Marshal Angus Houston, AO, AFC 
Keynote Address                                                                                       Senator Robert Hill 
National Power, States, Non-State Actors and the International System   William Arkin                                      
Refocussing Concepts of Security                                                             Ian Wing                                
The Airman and the State                                                                          Air Vice-Marshal Professor Tony Mason
Models for Conflict in the 3rd Millennium                                                   Dr Chris eus-Smyt   
Emerging Major Powers (An Indian View)                                                  Professor Dr Subrata Kumar Mitra 
Air Power Strategic Shaping and Deterrence                                            Air Commodore John Blackburn  
The Unipolar Moment - A View from the Top of the Ziggurat                     Lt. Co. John Blumentritt
Are Air Forces Relevant to National Security for the Future                      Group Captain Peter Gray    
We Won the War -   Now Build the Peace                                                 Dr Chris Bellamy
The War on Terror and Air Combat Power: A Warning for Defence Planners  Professor Paul Dibb
The Biggest Force Multiplier?                                                                    Professor John Ferris
Battlespace Integration and Warfare in the 21st Century                           Dr Christina Goulter   
The Afghanistan Experience                                                                       Dr Alan Stephens   
CLOSURE                                                                                                  Air Marshal Angus Houston, AO, AFC  

 

 

 

 

 

2000 RAAF - AIR POWER AND JOINT FORCES 

Aerospace Conference Canberra

 

 

 

 

 

1998 RAAF - TESTING THE LIMITS 

Canberra

 

 

 

 

 

1996 RAAF - NEW ERA SECURITY

THE RAAF IN THE NEXT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS

Canberra

My main interests in life are music, the military and politics but not always in that order. The Royal Australian Air Force conducts a bi-annual Air Power Conference in the capital city, Canberra and this is one of the highlights in my interest in things military.

This year the Air Power Conference has been renamed  RAAF Aerospace Conference, the theme will be civil-military relations and aerospace power.  The conference will explore the role of the military generally and aerospace forces in particular. Below left is a list of some of the speakers and on the right a list of some of the subjects to be covered.               

 

 

 

Ardersier my birth place, situated next to Fort George has been a hive of military activity since the mid seventeen hundreds and never more so than the period leading up to D-Day 1944. It was with much regret that due to a disability  I was unable to join the full time military. When my call up papers did arrive in 1946 apart from the three armed services I was also given the option of  joining the Palestine Police. Alas it was not to be.

My interest in all things military was not dampened by my failure to pass a medical and as fate would have it I have worked extensively as a musician on a large number of military bases, both UK and US. Since settling in Australia and winding back on musical work it gave me more time to pursue my interest in the military, past, present and future.

The military is often much neglected by politicians and I think that as taxpayers, more people should be interested in the people who are often called upon to defend the democracies in which we live. However politics will not be covered in these pages.

AIR POWER CONFERENCE 2000   - AIR POWER and JOINT FORCES

I attended the above mentioned two day conference (my 4th) run by the Air Power Study Center in Canberra and attended by approx.1100 senior members of the Australian, Pacific Rim, UK and USA defense forces.    

The objectives of this particular conference were to discuss and analyze the challenges of Air Power and Joint Forces i.e. command, organization, cooperation, planning, threat prosecution, and so on.  

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As conferences go, the standard was superb and credit must go to the chief of the RAAF and his staff for their excellent choice of speakers and the extremely high standard of presentations on such varied subjects as The Big Picture: Globalization, Air Power and Asymmetric Threats, Manipulating the Media, Ethics and the Profession of Arms to name but a few.

Amongst the speakers photographed above is; Professor Martin van Creveld, Lecturer from the Institute of Strategic Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Professor  van Creveld  made one of  the most interesting and thought provoking presentations I have had the pleasure of attending. Fortunately the conference is not bogged down with the types who tell you what they are going to say, then say it, then tell you what they have just said, complete with masses of meaningless and boring statistics. 

Not all speakers are serving members of the armed forces, some are from Institutes of Strategic Studies, Think Tanks, Military Academies, The Media and Universities.

Although Australia is classed as being geographically remote from a large part of the globe, it is worth remembering the large part played by the Australian military in its many peace keeping roles, in addition to defending a country with possibly the world's largest coast line.

A wide range of countries are represented such as UK, US, Canada, and NATO in the northern hemisphere to those from the Pacific Rim - India, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Singapore. Being an "ex pat" it is especially pleasing for me if the UK is  represented by the current C in C Strike Command or similar ranking officer.

Whilst we live in an extremely volatile world it is comforting to see so many senior military and associated personnel from countries with very diverse ideologies all under one roof  and holding intelligent discussions.

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