The Royal Air Force, UK air power and the defence aerospace industry are at a critical point in their evolution. After 12 years of enduring stabilisation operations, UK air power is now reconfiguring towards Future Force 2020. But just what that future holds is unclear: greater complexity, less certainty and increased insecurity is the prediction.
In his lecture, Air Power and the Defence Aerospace Industry in the Whole Force Era, Air Marshal North offered the Royal Air Force view that the answer lies in adjusting how the two work together in the decades ahead, suggesting their respective futures are now fused as one.
About the speaker:
Air Marshal Baz North KCB OBE MA FRAeS RAF, Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability, Royal Air Force
Sir Barry Mark North (Baz) was commissioned into the RAF in 1982 and initially flew Wessex helicopters in Northern Ireland. This began an association with the Support Helicopter Force which would last for 22 years and four commands (Falkland Islands, Special Forces Flight, squadron and station) and all RAF helicopter types. Subsequently, in 2006, he commanded No 83 Expeditionary Air Group in the Middle East before returning to the Ministry of Defence as its Director of Air Resources and Plans. In 2009, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding No 22 (Training) Group. Following a tour as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence, he was promoted to Air Marshal in 2013 and appointed the RAF's Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability. Air Marshal North was appointed KCB in the New Year's Honours list 2015.