Airpower's Cyber Challenge: Are cyber-vulnerabilities a credible threat to a modern air force?

Royal Aeronautical Society, London, London, United Kingdom

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 18:30 to 21:30

In the fourth of the RAF Museum’s 2018 Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, Squadron Leader Daniel Lydiate will talk about the cyber challenge facing airpower today.

Airpowers Cyber Challenge: Could Cyber-Vulnerabilities end the ‘100 Year Experiment’? 

As military aviation passes its centenary of independent operations, air power remains a leading instrument of national power. Given its current operational commitments, air power’s strategic relevance could be assumed to be secure. History shows, however, that any military capability which fails to adapt to technological developments may be in danger of losing its strategic relevance. With military operations’ growing reliance on cyber (as highlighted by academic and governmental literature), air power could be increasingly exposed to having its position degraded through the exploitation of cyber-vulnerabilities.

This lecture considers how air power can retain its position against this cyber challenge. To do this, the discussion will explore the areas through which cyber might degrade the effective delivery of air power before signposting areas of development which, if embraced, could ensure that cyber-threats are effectively managed and mitigated. 


The lecture will be held at the Headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society at No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1 7BQ at 18:30pm on Thursday 11 October 2018. Please note the change to the previously advertised date.

This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. 
Please click here to book
Squadron Leader Lydiate commissioned into the RAF as a Provost and Security Officer in October 2002. Having served in a wide variety of operational, command and staff roles encompassing the full scope of policing, security and force protection, Sqn Ldr Lydiate has most recently focused on cyber security and information assurance. He is currently employed as a Complex Projects Case Officer for Information Systems and Services (ISS) at MoD Corsham. 

Concurrently to his professional development, Sqn Ldr Lydiate has also maintained a strong academic interest in the specialism. Most notably he was awarded an MSc in Risk Management in 2009 by the University of Leicester, achieved Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) status in 2017 and completed an MA in Applied Security Strategy at the Exeter University as a Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Fellow in 2018. Also due to complete a part-time MSc in Cyber Defence with Cranfield University in July 2019, Sqn Ldr Lydiate’s next aspiration is to secure funding for a cyber focused PhD. Through this research he aims to assist Defence navigate the complex challenge of delivering operations in the digital-age. 
The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies form a part of the RAF Museum’s Research Programme for 2018. This programme consists of the First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures at our London site, the Cold War Lunchtime lectures at our Cosford site and other events such as conferences. For further details about the Research Programme please contact:

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the War Studies Department at the University of Wolverhampton.
Please note that lectures are subject to change.

United Kingdom
Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London, London, W1J 7BQ