The Freeman Air and Space Institute (FASI) in the School of Security Studies, King’s College London, provides independent and original research and analysis of air and space power issues. FASI was established in 2020 thanks to funding from the Royal Air Force (RAF) through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). The Institute seeks to inform scholarly, policy and doctrinal debates in a rapidly evolving strategic environment, characterised by transformative technological change, which is increasing the complexity of the air and space domains.
The Freeman Institute places a priority on identifying, developing and cultivating air and space thinkers in academia and industry, as well as informing and equipping air and space education provision at King’s and beyond.
FASI holds online and hybrid events, and regularly publishes academic papers as well as shorter reports and viewpoints. Potential contributors are encouraged to contact FASI via email. Recent events have included the launch of the Defence Space Strategy and the Chief of the Air Staff’s Freeman Air and Space Power Institute Annual Lecture on Net Zero 2040 for the RAF.
The Institute is named after Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman (1888–1953), who was crucially influential in British air capability development in the late 1930s and during the Second World War, making an important contribution to the Allied victory. He played a central role in the development of successful aircraft including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Mosquito, and in planning the wartime aircraft economy – the largest state‑sponsored industrial venture in British history. FASI will be marking the 80th anniversary of his death in 2023.