The 2019 Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power Conference will take place on 17-18 July and will address the key strategic challenges facing the Royal Air Force and its international partners as they progress towards the next generation of air and space power. It will be attended by senior UK Government Ministers, international air and space power chiefs, business leaders and professionals from across the spectrum of air and space industry and innovation. The theme of the 2019 Air and Space Power Conference is ‘Multi-Domain Operations for the Next Generation Air Force’. As such, the Conference will reveal emerging technologies and opportunities for innovation in the air, space, cyber and artificial intelligence spheres and provide an unrivalled opportunity to examine the potential – technologically, structurally and doctrinally – for multi-domain operations to address the complex challenges posed by competitor states, above and below the threshold of war.
“This year, the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power Conference will focus on how the RAF – in concert with global allies and partners – can exploit the full potential of multi-domain operations to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing global context. This will be a unique forum for international air and space-minded specialists to challenge existing thinking, share cutting-edge ideas, and explore exciting possibilities. I very much look forward to the debate.” Air Vice-Marshal Gerry Mayhew, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
The conference will be split into four sessions, divided across four key themes:
Theme 1: ‘The Utility of Air and Space Power in Sub-Threshold and ‘Grey Zone’ Scenarios’ will examine the complex geopolitical landscape and the rise of unfriendly activity across a range of domains that falls below the threshold of actual conflict or direct military action. This theme will focus on how air, space and cyber technologies can be utilised and protected in an ever-widening spectrum of strategic competition.
Theme 2: ‘Emerging Technology and Innovation: New Ways of Delivering Air and Space Power’ will offer military and industry perspectives on the direction of travel for future air and space applications, equipment and doctrine. The ability to seamlessly exploit and safeguard the air and space domains is essential to maximising the effectiveness of emerging technologies and concepts.
Theme 3: ‘Developing Our People: The Challenge and the Opportunity’ will draw on best practice from international allies and partners to examine how air and space professionals can best be prepared to meet the challenges of a future partially defined by multi-domain operations.
Theme 4: ‘Collective Approaches to Multi-Domain Operations’ will explore how harnessing capabilities across all domains will be key to gaining decisive advantage, whether acting independently or in a Joint, Allied or Coalition context. The RAF’s recent re-formation of Number 11 Group as a dedicated Multi-Domain Operations Group reflects its commitment to achieving seamless command, control and execution across environmental boundaries. This session will include perspectives from the Joint arena and international partners.
AVM Gerry Mayhew
Former Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
AM (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE
President of the Air and Space Power Association
- To deliver the most challenging and thought-provoking air power debate
- To widen the reach of air power understanding and to develop and engage with new advocates
- To cement the reputation of the Royal Air Force as a world leader in air power strategy before a global audience