RAAF Chief of Air Force (CAF) Speeches
The P-8A Poseidon Roll-out Ceremony, Seattle Washington, USA – 27 September 2016
Battle of Britain Cenotaph - ‘A Matter of Duty’– 18 September 2016
Battle of Britain Commemorative Dinner - ‘In Moving to a Preferred Future’– 17 September 2016
Unveiling of the Spitfire Display, RAAF Museum– 16 September 2016
Presentation of Meritorius Unit Citation to No 5 Flight– 12 September 2016
ASPI National Security Dinner: "A Ten Year Plan: An Air Force Strategy" – 19 July 2016
2016 RAAF Air Power Conference Keynote Address - Day 2 – 16 March 2016
Sea Power Conference – 06 October 2015
Key themes: Australia's geo-strategic context from a RAAF perspective; RAAFs transformation; achieving joint effects
Jericho Innovation Seminar – 06 August 2015
Key themes: Plan Jericho, First Principles Review, enhancement of joint combat power.
Address to the RUSI Air Power Conference, London – 16 July 2015
Key themes: Recent operations, 5th generation technology, Plan Jericho.
Address to the William's Foundation – 10 June 2015
Key themes: 5th generation technology, Plan Jericho.
ANZAC Day Address – 25 April 2015
Key themes: Hellfire Pass, Thailand.
RAAF Birthday, 2015 - Evening Remarks – 31 March 2015
Key themes: A reflection on where RAAF has come from and its future direction.
RAAF Birthday, 2015 – 31 March 2015
Key themes: A reflection on where RAAF has come from and its future direction.
Address to the Senior Leadership Forum – 24 March 2015
Key themes: Reflections on leadership.
Launch of Plan Jericho, CAF Symposium, Melbourne – 23 February 2015
Key themes: Plan Jericho and the transformation of the Air Force and ADF.
Speech to the Australian Defence Magazine Annual Conference – 10 February 2015
Key themes: Integrating new technologies into the Air Force and ADF, Working with Defence Industries, Plan Jericho.
Speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute – 19 August 2014
Key themes: Perspectives on the Role of Air Power in a Changing World.
The F-35 in ADF Service – 29 May 2014
Key themes: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Super Hornet, 5th generation capabilities
Eulogy: Air Chief Marshal (Ret'd) Sir Neville McNamara KBE, AO, AFC – 15 May 2014
Delivered at the funeral held at St. Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra.
Opening Address for the 2014 RAAF Air Power Conference – 12 March 2014
Key themes: The centenary of aviation and the launch of the 6th edition of The Air Power Manual.
Keynote Address to the Williams Foundation – 11 March 2014
Key themes: The future of air combat operations.
Air Force – Respected, Reliable, Relevant – 10 Oct 2013
Key themes: The Royal Australian Air Force shaping its security environment through raising, training and sustaining capabilities that deliver air power across a spectrum of operations.
Battle of Britain 73rd Anniversary Commemoration Dinner – 7 Sep 2013
Key themes: honouring the memories and achievements of those Air Force personnel who served in the Battle of Britain.
Transition to Contingency: A view from the Indo-Pacific, RAF Air Power Conference – 17 July 2013
Key themes: developing flexible capabilities to respond to the changing strategic environment; advanced operational bases of the Pacific islands during World War II; the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA); RAAF response to Boxing Day Tsunami; flexibility of the AP-3 Orion in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SECFOR Inauguration Parade – 04 July 2013
Key themes: Security Force Squadron Parade; establishment of three new security force squadrons.
Unmanned Air Systems and Australia's Air Power, Williams Foundation Seminar – 03 July 2013
Key themes: Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) and the RAAF, the moral debate surrounding unmanned air systems.
Bomber Command 2013 Commemorative Day Lunch Address – 02 June 2013
Key themes: Bomber Command, air power in World War II, Empire Air Training Scheme, relationship with industry and technology, control of the air, air power doctrine.
Air Power’s Role in Generating a Potent Land Force – Land Warfare Conference – 31 Oct 2012
Key themes: Why the Joint Strike Fighter; Why 100 JSF; air land integration; maritime strategy; potent land force; balanced force; air power roles; Control of the Air; Iraq 2003; potent land force.
Air Land Integration in the Maritime Century - Williams Foundation - 13 Sep 2012
Key themes: Effects; basing; engagement; strategic shaping; amphibious operations; air combat numbers; communications; common language; doctrine; simulation; exercises; training.
The Role of the RAAF in Australia's National Security - RUSI - 26 Jul 2012
Key themes: Balanced priorities; maritime strategy; maritime commons; engagement; national interests; enduring air power roles, air mobility; strike; ISR; control of the air; balanced force; 5th generation.
Air Power in the Australian Maritime Context - ASPI Dinner - 5 Jun 2012
Key themes: Australian military maritime strategy; air power roles; MacArthur’s Island hopping campaign; Why 5th generation; MEAO combat air patrols; Red Flag.
Air Power’s Role in Coercive Diplomacy - Air Power Conference - 10 May 2012
Key themes: History; Libya; strategic environment; coercive diplomacy; weapon of first choice; air diplomacy; engagement; scalable air power operations; Growler; Why 5th Generation fighters; JSF.
Air Power’s Role in Australia’s Maritime Strategy - Williams Foundation - 13 Apr 2012
Key themes: Maritime grand strategy; ADF’s maritime military strategy; maritime commons; shape, deter, and respond; roles of air power; Air Force 2030, Joint Strike Fighter; JSF; Workforce.
Air Power’s Contribution to Naval Operations - Sea Power Conference - 31 Jan 2012.
Key themes: Roles of air power; Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW); Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW); Strike; Control of the Air; Air Mobility; Amphibious Operations.
2012 Bomber Command Memorial Dedication
2012 Heritage Awards
2012 RAAF Birthday - Memorial Grove
2012 Runnymede Memorial
2011 Arthur Butler Memorial Lecture
2011 CAF Handover Takeover Parade
Defining a 5th Generation Fighter - Dubai Air Chiefs Conference - 12 Nov 11
Key themes: Generation 4.5; 5th generation; stealth; situation awareness; network; decision superiority; complexity; training, 5th generation missions; transition issues; combat survivability.
2011 RAAF Birthday - Memorial Grove
2011 RAAF History Conference - Opening Address
2010 Battle of Britain
2009 Battle of Britain
2009 RAAF Birthday - Memorial Grove
2009 RAAF Birthday - War Memorial
Opening Address - Chief of Air Force Symposium - 27 February 2017
Gender Conference - 16 Sept 2016
No 3 Squadron Memorial Plaque Dedication - 11 February 2016
Annual Services Golf Day - 23 April 2015
RAAF 94th Anniversary Reception, Hobart - 27 March 2015
Close the Gap Day Breakfast - 17 March 2015
Integrating Air Force (CAF Symposium) - 23 February 2015
Key themes: Plan Jericho
Order of Australia Association - 8 October 2014
Key themes: generational change in the RAAF over the next decade
Air Power Conference Closing Address - 13 March 2014
Key themes: Australian Security in the Asia-Pacific Region; 5th Generation Force Capabilities
Australian Defence Magazine Congress - 26 Feb 2014
Key themes: Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in the military context
Air Power Conference Summation - 11 May 2012
Key themes: Coercive diplomacy; scalable, proportional and discriminatory; Arab Spring; air power provides options; beyond kinetic effects; force projection; ISR; precision as the norm; capacity has a quality of its own; collateral damage; engagement.
Capability and the Global Air Force - RAAF Washington Ball - 18 Mar 2011
Key themes: Tradition, innovation and evolution; history; WWI; WWII; Milne Bay; Iraq 2003; 3 SQN; maintainers; maintenance; engineering; teamwork.
2011 Bomber Command Commemorative Day - 5 Jun 2011
Key themes: Bomber Command; duty; self sacrifice; dedication; moral fibre; courage; legacy transcends the ages; Tradition, innovation and evolution; people are the heart of the mission; cost of training.
2011 Air Force Birthday - War Memorial - 31 Mar 2011
Key themes: Tradition, innovation and evolution; WWII; transitional complexity; global reach.