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Educating Air ForcesGlobal Perspectives on Airpower Learning$
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Randall Wakelam, David Varey, and Emanuele Sica

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180243

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180243.001.0001

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The Education of an Air Force—A Royal Air Force Perspective

The Education of an Air Force—A Royal Air Force Perspective

(p.232) The Education of an Air Force—A Royal Air Force Perspective
Educating Air Forces

James Beldon

Peter W. Gray

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter argues that courses devoted to airpower and spacepower history can offer a natural addition to civilian university programs. The inclusion of such courses can also serve as an important adjunct to courses devoted to the social and cultural impacts of science and technology. In the classroom, a close reading of the writings of airpower theorists' works can reveal the social, political, and cultural assumptions that shaped each man's worldview and the technological expectations of the time. Beyond these the author argues that the study of past and contemporary uses of airpower naturally and importantly can and should lead to discussions of the ethics and morality of specific weapons systems, national strategies and warfighting generally.

Keywords:   Air power, Space power, Ethics of warfare, Technology, Civilian higher learning

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