The Education of an Air Force: 1914-2014 Symposium Programme

All activities, except where indicated take place in New Gym, Yeo Hall

Wednesday 2 November

0730-1230 Registration
0800-0830 Opening and Official Welcome
LGen Michael Hood
Commander,  Royal Canadian Air Force
BGen Sean Friday
Commandant, Royal Military College of Canada
Prof/Dr Harry Kowal
Principal Royal Military College of Canada
The RAF Staff College in the Interwar Period :  the birth of air power education in the RAF
Air Cmdre (retd) Dr Peter Gray, University of Birmingham
0930-1000 Coffee, Cadet Mess
La création de l'École supérieure de guerre aérienne (1936) et la formation stratégique des aviateurs français
LCL Jérôme de Lespinois PhD, l’Institut de recherche stratégique de l’école militaire (IRSEM)
Bad Doctrine Once Again:  German Interwar Thinking about Air Power
Dr Williamson Murray Professor Emeritus University of Ohio
Dr Murray’s paper will be read by OTL Andreas Vogler, German Air Force Visiting Defence Fellow at Queen’s University
1200-1245 Buffet lunch, Cadet Mess
1245 – 1330
Round Table
Sponsors will discuss their goals for the symposium
1340 – 1430
The Air Corps Tactical School and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies:  Educating America's Air Force Then and Now
Dr Harold Winton, Professor Emeritus, USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
Air Force Education at the RCAF Staff College During the Early Cold War
Dr Richard Goette, Canadian Forces College
1530-1600 Coffee


Panel 1 - European Powers

Chair: TBA

Taking Pictures for War:  Training of German Photo Interpreters in World War I and II
Philipp Vogler, Karlsruher Institute of Technology
The Allied Air Attacks and the Last Days of the Great War in İstanbul:  German Ottoman  Turkish Training in German Hands
Dr Turan Çetiner, Turkish Embassy Ottawa
Guilio Douhet and the Influence of Air Power Education in Interwar Italy
Emanuele Sica, Royal Military College of Canada

Panel 2 - Learning about Air Power in South Asia and Beyond

Chair:  TBA

The First World War and a Prelude of the Education of the Siamese Air Force
Thep Bootanondha, Mahidol University
Leaning While Fighting:  The Royal Australian Air Force, Close Air Support and Coalition Warfare, 1942-2016
Dr Russell Parkin, Australian Defence College
The Utility of Air Power in Jungle Warfare:  From Malayan Emergency to the Final Defeat of the Communist Party in Malaya (1948-1989)
Dr Ong Weichong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Panel 3 - Education for all levels of war

Chair: TBA

RCAF Training and Education 1924-1939:  Initial Steps Towards Developing a Professional Air Force
Dr Sandy Babcock, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, DND
Interests Aligned: Post-Second World War Educational Cooperation between the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force Staff Courses (1946-1966)
Dr Howard Coombs, RMC
Strategic Approaches to Cold War Air Power: Canadian and Swedish Perspectives
Dr Betram Frandsen, Independent Scholar
  • Cocktails
  • UBC Press book launch
    Capturing Hill 70: Canada's Forgotten Battle of the First World War
    Drs Serge Derflinger, University of Ottawa, and Doug Delaney, RMC

Thursday 3 November

0830-0900 Coffee, Cadet Mess
“Standing Before the Judgment Bar of Christ” Maj. Gen. Orville A. Anderson, Preventive War, and the Origins of the US Air War College, 1945–1951
Dr Mark Grandstaff, Associate Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University
Air Power Education Down Under:  the RAAF’s Air Power Development Centre
Mr Martin James, RAAF Historian
1100-1145 Round table 

Bus to 8 Wing Trenton – Box lunches

CFAWC presentations
Col/col Kelvin Truss, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre
1445-1500 Coffee
Air Power in a Joint Classroom:  the experience of the UK JSCSC
Dr David Jordan, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College Shivenham via Skype
1615 move to National Air Force Museum of Canada  
1630-1730 Museum visit
1730-2030 Symposium Dinner and Keynote address
The Rise and Decline of Canadian Air Force Professional Military Education
in the 21st Century: Lessons for the Future
Dr Allan English, Queens University

Bus to Kingston

stops at Holiday Inn Waterfront and RMC parade square

Friday 4 November

0830-0900 Coffee, Cadet Mess


Panel 4 - Canadian Eh?

Chair:  TBA

Canadians over Texas:  The Royal Flying Corps and Flight Training 1917-1918
Dr. Erik Carlson, Florida Gulf Coast University
With the New Empire:  the Royal Canadian Air Force and Professional Military Education in the United States, 1943-1961
Dr. Matthew Trugden, Queen’s University

Panel 5 - Adjusting Course, Adjusting Courses

Chair:  TBA

From Amalgamation to Conceptual Excellence:  Reform at the RAF Staff Colleges, 1964-1977
Dr Ross Mahoney, RAF Museum
Educating the Next Generation:  the Transformation of Education at the RAF College Cranwell
Dr Steven Paget, Portsmouth Business School, RAF College Cranwell
Airpower Mastery:  Is the RCAF at Risk of Professional Decay and Irrelevance
LCol Clay Rook, RCAF – ARC
Learning about Air Power after the Cold War:  Warden, Boyd and Small Wars
Dr Wray Johnson, Marine Corps University
Designing future strategic leaders: new approaches in senior PME at CFC
Dr Paul Mitchell, Canadian Forces College
1215-1230 Closing remarks
1230 – 1300 Buffet lunch, Cadet Mess

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