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In June 2004 the Air Power Development Centre began publishing a fortnightly bulletin called Pathfinder. The purpose of this bulletin is to canvas issues of interest to the community involved with air power and RAAF history. 

The Pathfinder series covers a range of issue from: strategy, historical analyses, operations, administration, logistics, education and training, people, command and control, technology to name a few. Irrespective of subject though, Pathfinders will always be focused on the relevance to air power; they are not intended to be just a narrative but deliver a measure of analysis.

The Pathfinder title was chosen as a tribute to the World War II Pathfinder Force that operated within RAF Bomber Command from August 1942, forming an elite navigational group which preceded each raid and accurately illuminated the target area with incendiaries to permit visual bombing by the main force. The emblem adopted was the ‘Fiery Mo’ insignia that unofficially adorned the Hudson aircraft of No 6 Squadron, RAAF, in New Guinea during 1943.

Most Recent Issues

#301 The Demands on Air Power and its Doctrine
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#300 What Constitutes Air Power
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#299 The Fundamentals of National Air Power
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#298 Effects of Air Power on Joint Campaigns
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#297 The C-27J Battlefield Airlifter
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#296 RAAF's First Spacecraft Intercept Mission
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#295 The Development of Air Force Expeditionary Capability 1939-45
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#294 Air Power: Altering the Character and Conduct of War
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#293 The Myth of the Mirage Spares Embargo
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#292 Air Force infrastructure
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#291 The Concept of Strategic Air Power
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#290 Classical Theories and Air Warfare
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#289 The Future Air Force
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Volume 8: Issues 253-288
Volume 7: Issues 217-252
Volume 6: Issues 181-216
Volume 5: Issues 145-180
Volume 4: Issues 109-144
Volume 3: Issues 73-108
Volume 2: Issues 37-72
Volume 1: Issues 1-36