Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture 2018

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This year’s Lord Trenchard Memorial Lecture was delivered by Air Marshal Edward Stringer CB CBE MA BEng RAF, Director General Joint Force Development and Defence Academy, UK Ministry of Defence.


 

 

100 Years of an Independent Air Force - What have we learned, what do we teach?

In this centenary year of the Royal Air Force, the world’s oldest independent air force, Air Marshal Stringer reflected on what independent air power has achieved. He argued that in the modern environment we need to get back to educating our officer corps in the higher strategies of deterrence and containment, and to rethink doctrine not in terms of how air power contributes tactical effects on the battlefield, but on how it sets conditions - in peace and war - that might predetermine the result of, and ideally forestall the need for, actual combat.

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