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【James Bosbotinis】Carrier Air Power in the 21st Century

2018-05-26 09:55:26

Speaker: Dr. James Bosbotinis

Host: Research Professor, Hu bo

Time: May 26, 2018, 18:30 p.m. - 20:00 p.m.

Location: Room 206, Teaching Building No. 2

Sponsors: Peking University Institute of Ocean Research



In this lecture, Dr. James Bosbotinis will discuss the development of carrier air power in the 21st century. This will particularly focus on international approaches to the development of a carrier-based aviation capability (fixed or rotary-wing), the rationale for, and scope of capability sought (including whether the planned acquisition is a new or replacement capability), its primary roles, and the potential challenges involved. Dr Bosbotinis will consider the carrier programmes of Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US. The experience of the UK in the design and procurement of its new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will be examined in detail. Dr Bosbotinis will proceed to discuss the future of carrier operations, including the impact of new technologies (particularly unmanned air systems), anti-access/area denial systems and operational approaches, and the evolving strategic environment. Although subject to much debate, including with regard to their survivability and relevance, Dr Bosbotinis will argue that aircraft carriers will remain a potent and credible asset and totem of national power and ambition.


Dr. James Bosbotinis is a UK-based specialist in defence and international affairs. He has particular expertise in the study of contemporary maritime strategy, assessing naval and air force developments, geopolitical analysis, and generating understanding of the connections between maritime strategy and national policy. Dr Bosbotinis has extensive experience encompassing academic and policy-relevant research and analysis for a range of customers, including UK government bodies. He has written widely on issues including the development of British maritime strategy, maritime airpower, Russian maritime doctrine, naval and wider military (including nuclear) modernisation, and China’s evolving strategy. Dr Bosbotinis is an Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, King’s College London.


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