Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2010 - Air, Space and Cyber Power: Strategic Choice and Operational Necessity

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The Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2010, to be given by Air Chief Marshal Simon Bryant, Commander-in-Chief Air Command, Royal Air Force, will examine air, space and cyber power in the context of operational choice and strategic necessity.


The Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2010, to be given by Air Chief Marshal Simon Bryant, Commander-in-Chief Air Command, Royal Air Force, will examine air, space and cyber power in the context of operational choice and strategic necessity.

The UK Secretary of State for Defence has stated that the ultimate purpose of the Armed Forces is to provide options and choices to decision makers. This lecture will make the case that air, space and cyber power is uniquely well placed to meet this aspiration. In his lecture, Air Chief Marshal Bryant will explore the contribution that a ‘full-service’ air force might make to delivery. He will consider how these capabilities could provide options for deterring conflict at the strategic level and, when necessary, act as a key component in the delivery of lethal force at the operational level.

Exploiting the potential of air, space and cyber power in both the strategic and operational areas will be a challenge in an increasingly austere period and within the context of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Success will depend on the Service’s adoption of innovative and imaginative approaches. Drawing on Lord Trenchard’s legacy, the focus will remain on quality, particularly in the human dimension, rather than mass, in order to continue to make an effective and valued contribution in support of government objectives.


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