Twenty Years in Iraq: RAF Operations in the Gulf since 1990

Venue: Joint Servics Command and Staff College

Location: Swindon, SN6 8TS, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 29, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 30, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 15, 2010
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Almost as soon as Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in August 1990 the United Kingdom answered the call for military assistance. The Royal Air Force was the first of the three British armed forces to be operationally ready and active in-theatre and it remained busy patrolling no-fly zones in the north and south of Iraq for years after the cessation of hostilities in 1991. It then played a significant part in the major combat phase of Gulf War II and the following counter-insurgency campaign. Yet the Royal Air Force's operations have received relatively scant media attention and even less academic interest, largely because, when compared to land operations, air power seems less accessible and harder to understand.
The Defence Studies Department of King’s College London and the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies invites applications from air power academics and specialists, military historians, experts on the Gulf Wars, and RAF and other veterans of these conflicts to share new analyses of the RAF’s contribution to operations in Iraq across the broad spectrum of conflict, including the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars, the policing of the no-fly zones between 1991 and 2003, and the counter-insurgency phase from 2003 to 2009.

This conference intends to bring together scholars and practitioners, including those with operational experience, with an interest in the RAF’s participation in the various phases of the Iraq deployment in order to explore the following (and any related) themes:
• RAF transformation: from Cold War air force to expeditionary air force
• The evolution of air-land integration from 1990 to 2009
• Modern air operations and the media
• Non-kinetic and psychological air power
• Air policing and the utility of air power in low intensity operations
• Casualty tolerance and intolerance
• Prisoners of war
• International perspectives on the RAF’s role and performance in Iraq
• The legacy of Iraq on the RAF today and the immediate future

Applicants are encouraged to submit original work on the conference themes. Please send 300-word proposals for twenty to thirty-minute papers, a title, and a brief CV of the presenter via email or post to:

Defence Studies Department of
King’s College London,
Joint Services Command and Staff College,
Swindon SN6 8TS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1793 788177

Fax: +44 (0)1793 788295