Air Power and the Environment: The Ecological Implications of Modern Air Warfare
Venue: Royal Air Force College
|Event Date/Time: Aug 26, 2009||End Date/Time: Aug 27, 2009|
|Registration Date: Jun 27, 2009|
|Early Registration Date: May 27, 2009|
|Abstract Submission Date: Jan 30, 2009|
|Paper Submission Date: Jul 30, 2009|
As a consequence, governments and their armed forces will doubtless be paying more attention to the serious ecological ramifications of conflict. Some already are. The Global Strategic Trends paper published by the MoDâ€™s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) illustrates the importance now being placed on these matters by cutting-edge British strategists.
Balancing strategic and operational needs with both military and environmental ethics is certainly not impossible, and responsible armed forces, including the Royal Air Force, are already thinking deeply about how best to balance what superficially seem to be (but actually are not) competing imperatives.
This innovative conference â€“ the first on this topic in the United Kingdom â€“ will touch on several broader security themes and topics but will focus especially on the concepts and practices of modern air power and their environmental implications.
The organisers intend the conference â€“ to be held at the historic and prestigious Royal Air Force College â€“ to attract practitioners, policy-makers, academics and also university students (for whom attendance will be free upon presentation of a student id card), and for it therefore to wrestle analytically with big air power-related themes and topics at the heart of current strategy and security debates.
The conference proceedings will be published subsequently in book form by the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies.
Some potential topics:
â€¢ Climate change and security
â€¢ Strategies to prevent, mitigate, and redress war's environmental consequences
â€¢ Warfare and environmental law
â€¢ The historical targeting of oil and industrial infrastructure
â€¢ Contemporary targeting strategies for oil and industrial infrastructure
â€¢ Environmentally harmful / acceptable ordnance
â€¢ Decommissioning and disposal of ordnance
â€¢ Aviation fuel management
â€¢ Air forces and carbon emissions
â€¢ Air forces and alternative fuel sources
â€¢ Air forces and resource / waste management
â€¢ Real versus synthetic training
Prospective presenters should normally expect 30 minutes per presentation, plus 10 minutes of discussion time.
Abstracts (of no more than 350 words) should be posted or emailed to:
Ms Debra Aitkenhead,
Personal Assistant to the Dean of the
Royal Air Force College,
Lincolnshire NG34 8HB,
Abstracts must be received by 30 January 2009
All prospective contributors will be notified in mid February.
Queries of an academic nature should be directed to:
Dr Joel Hayward,
Dean of the Royal Air Force College
(and Conference Convenor), at:
Tel.: +44 (0)1400 268020
We are particularly keen to ensure that graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty are able to play an active role in the conference.
In addition to making attendance entirely free to all currently enrolled university students we may be able to provide limited financial support (beyond purely transport and accommodation) to any students whose