Symposium on Integrating New Opportunities for Airpower: Shaping New Capabilities for Small or Medium Air Forces


On April 17, 2015, two of our partners, the Williams Foundation (Australia) and the Centre for Defense Studies (University of Copenhagen) are hosting a seminar in Copenhagen on airpower innovation.

Join our 10 speakers and (so far) over 60 registered attendees from industry, government, military, and academia as we address the opportunities and challenges of integrating new capabilities into small and medium air forces.

Danish Conference

Speakers include:

AVM(ret) John Blackburn (Royal Australian Air Force/Williams Foundation)

Air Commodore Dré Kraak (Royal Netherlands Air Force)

Colonel Anders Rex (Royal Danish Air Force )

Group Captain Paul Godfrey (Royal Air Force-F-35 integration team)

Lieutenant Colonel Chip Berke (USMC lead-F-35 integration)

Dr. Gary Schaub (Centre for Military Studies)

Dr. Peter Viggo Jakobsen (Royal Danish Defence College)

The Honorable Ed Timperlake (former Director, Technology Assessment, International Technology Security (Office of the Secretary of Defence)), editor Second Line of Defense Forum

Dr. Robbin Laird (USAF Association Mitchell Institute, Second Line of Defense)

There is no registration fee.

Take advantage and e-mail the Centre for Military Studies at [email protected] to register.

There have been four key trends in airpower involving the small to medium powers since the turn of the millennium.

First, the air forces of many small and medium powers have engaged in expeditionary operations outside of their immediate region for the first time.

Second, they have done so in a coalition context that has pushed them to modernize their existing capabilities, become more familiar with new mission types, work out new concepts of operations, and better integrate with the forces of partners and Allies.

Third, these air forces have faced financial constraints driven by the costs of operations and the defence budget cuts following the financial crisis of 2008.

Finally, they have faced the need to recapitalize their combat air fleets.

Our previous symposium in November 2014 addressed these issues in the context of how the air forces of the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark had transformed after the Cold War.

On 17 April 2015 we will address them again in another context. Denmark will soon integrate new combat jets into its military.

This symposium will discuss how medium and small air forces such as those of Denmark, Australia, the UK, and the USMC can use new airpower capabilities to generate innovative concepts of operation that increase joint combat power to address regional and global security issues in the coming years.

See for more information.