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Presentations from this year's Conference are accessible via the 'Additional Info' tab above 


The Conference is supported once again by the Royal Air Force and a number of sponsors from the Aerospace and Defence Industry.  The UK Chief of Air Staff and Assistant Chief of Air Staff intend to speak at the event and it is anticipated that the programme will also include several international heads of air forces.

Conference will begin at 0835 (registration from 0800) on 17th May and closes at 1815 (reception until 2000).  Day 2 begins at 0835 (registration from 0800) and closes after lunch at 1430.  The conference flyer will be available to download from 13th April.

Booked speakers

  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy KCB CBE DSO ADS BSc (Eng) FRAeS FCGI RAF
    Chief of the Air Staff
  • General T Michael Moseley
    Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • General D'Armee Aerienne Stephane Abrial
    Chef d'Etat Major de l'Armée de l'Air
  • Generalleutnant Klaus-Peter Stieglitz
    Inspekteur der Luftwaffe
  • Gen S A Vincenzo Camporini
    Capo di Stato Maggiore dell'Aeronautica Militare
  • Lt Gen Frank G Klotz Vice Commander United States Air Force Space Command
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Clive Loader KCB OBE ADC FRAeS RAF Commander-in-Chief Air Command
  • Air Vice Marshal John Quaife AM
    Air Commander Australia, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Nigel Whitehead
    Group Managing Director Military Air Solutions, BAE Systems
  • John B Sams Jr
    Vice-President Air Force Programmes, Boeing.’
  • Air Marshal B M Thornton CB MSc BSc CEng FIMechE FRAeS FCMI RAF
    Chief of Materiel (Air)
  • Professor Paul Rogers
    Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
  • Professor Steven Haines
    Department of Politics & International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Air Vice-Marshal T M Anderson DSO MA FRAeS RAF
    Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
  • Sir Peter Ricketts KCMG
    Permanent Under Secretary and Head of The Diplomatic Service, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Brigadier E A Butler CBE DSO (Late CO 16 Air Assault Brigade)   
  • Frank Cappuccio
    Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Advanced Development Programmes, Lockheed Martin

Conference Themes

The 21st Century, like all those that have preceded it, is proving to be uncertain and difficult.  As in the past, the global economic, political and social environments are dynamically intertwined, but new factors intrude upon the classical elements of international relations and security theory – for instance the need to consider mankind’s influence upon the world’s ecosystems and the impact of technologies, such as the internet, that transcend borders.

Against this backdrop the task of matching future military capabilities and requirements against predicted security threats is extremely problematic in the 21st century, and this difficulty is exacerbated by financial pressures that militate for lower force levels and less costly structures and equipment programmes.  Yet demand for the use of military power appears to be increasing, even against a background where factors such as public intolerance of collateral damage and fratricide make ever-increasing demands with regard to precision and discrimination. 

All of these elements combine to provide a set of constraints against which the utility of Air Power in the 21st Century must be considered, and in turn this requires a continuous reappraisal of the way in which the fundamental attributes of Air Power and modern technology may be exploited to meet future challenges.  The 2007 RUSI Air Power Conference provides an occasion where the dialogue necessary for that reappraisal can take place.

To maintain their relevance as instruments of national power, Air Forces across the world are having to adapt to the changing context within which they operate.  In the UK, the Royal Air Force is undergoing a transformation encapsulated by the term ‘Agile, Adaptable, Capable’.  Through being Agile it will seek to create rapid effects across the full spectrum of operations in a range of environments and circumstances; by becoming Adaptable it will be able to react in an appropriate timescale to new challenges and to seize new opportunities, while being Capable necessitates having the right equipment and doctrine, together with sufficient motivated and capable people to successfully deliver precise campaign effects at range and in time. 

By bringing together distinguished representatives from the military, academic and defence industrial communities, the 2007 RUSI Air Power Conference will provide an international forum where this approach can be exposed and considered alongside alternative experiences from across the globe, as well as an opportunity to explore the nature of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

Reservations to attend the Conference may be made via this registration form or you can register directly through the web site, the link is at the top of this page.

Audience places will be limited to 350 this year so early registration is advised.

To  discuss speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paul Smyth (Head of RUSI’s Aerospace and Information Studies Programme) on: +44 (0) 20 7747 4951;

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