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CFP – Air Power and Global Operations: 9/11 and Beyond

United States Air Force Historical Foundation

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United States Air Force Historical Studies Office

Call for Papers

The Air Force Historical Foundation and the U.S. Air Force Historical Studies Office invite scholars, analysts, observers, and participants to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 2011 symposium, “Air Power and Global Operations: 9/11 and Beyond,” which will be held November 17–18, 2011, in the Washington, D.C. area.

In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, this 1-1/2 day symposium will feature prominent U.S. military and civilian leaders, national security experts, and Air Force historians. Papers will consider topics of leadership, technology, doctrine, planning, operations, and roles and missions within the general theme of air power in the post-9/11 world:

9/11 and Operation Noble Eagle, including leadership and information management, interagency communication and coordination, evolution and expansion of the air defense mission, and budgetary impact on day-to-day operations.

The Global War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom, including increased heightened operational tempo, coalition interoperability, air mobility, special operations, and provincial reconstruction teams.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, including counterinsurgency, joint aspects of major combat operations, nation-building, and air mobility.

New Operational Paradigms and Innovations, including the impact of precision weapons, ISR, command and control systems, satellite and communications systems, cyber warfare, and global humanitarian missions.

Time constraints may limit the opportunity to present some papers in person at the symposium. The Air Force History and Museums Program plans to publish an edited volume based on the proceedings. Thus, contributors unable to present papers will be able to share their work in the published symposium proceedings.

The conference sponsors are unable to provide transportation, food, or lodging for this symposium.

To be considered for the symposium, submit an abstract of approximately 250 words and a one-page curriculum vitae or résumé to HOH.HistorySymposium@pentagon.af.mil by May 1, 2011.

Please type “2011 Symposium” as the subject of the email. We plan to respond to proposals by mid-June. The final papers will be due by October 2, 2011.

N.B. This has been posted on behalf of the organisers.

EADS Withdraws from United States Air Force KCX Tanker Competition

The news that EADS has decided to withdraw from the United States Air Force‘s ‘KCX’ replacement inflight refueler competition seems to underline the closed nature of the American defence market vis-a-vis European suppliers, particularly of ‘big ticket’ contracts such as these.

In some ways, the whole programme distills the trans-Atlantic spat between the European Union and the United States over the issues of subsidies for aircraft production. The World Trade Organisation has been hearing a dispute between the two aircraft builders regarding the subsidies Airbus receives from European governments to develop new airliners and, last September, issued an interim ruling in favour of Boeing. However, a countersuit is proceeding through the WTO alleging that Boeing recevies unfair subsidies from at the state level from Washington and Illinois.

The support that the Democrat Party receives in Washington State, where Boeing’s KC-767 production line is located arguably means that, with a Democrat President, EADS and Airbus were always going to have a hard sell with their KC-30 design. This whole issue of pork barrel politics is amplified by the fact that buying the 767 would retain around 2,700 jobs at Boeing’s 767 production line, whereas establishing a KC-30 line in Mobile, Alabama (where the KC-30 was intended to be assembled) would have created around 300.

In these times of economic belt-tightening, President Obama could be forgiven for not wanting to threaten the workers at Seattle who would face redundancy when the 767 production line is scheduled to close in the next few years, should the KC-767 not be selected.

However, one of the ignored questions surroudning the KCX competition is what will happen to the KC-30 design, now that it has been withdrawn from the US Air Force competition? This aircraft has been selected by France, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia as these countries’ respective new in-flight refuelers. With the KCX competition ‘in the bag’ just where are the future orders for the KC-30?

Airbus might be able to grab the odd purchase of five-to-ten tankers here and there from countries around the world, such as Brazil, which need that capability, but the biggest order has eluded them. Moreover, the fact that the US Air Force operates a particular aircraft is a fantastic selling point, and will likely win Boeing KC-767 orders from nations wanting to fly a similar type of aircraft, particularly those countries closely allied to the United States such as Turkey. With the A400M‘s test flight schedule still far from complete, and the KC-30 thrown out of the KCX competition, what is the future for Airbus’s military aircraft business?

By Thomas Withington


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