Cancelled. Virtual Lecture: Falklands-82

Combined Banner showing the Falklands 49 logo and a Vulcan bomber being refuelled in the air during Operation Black Buck

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this lecture has been cancelled. We would like to apologise in advance for any disappointment that this news may cause.

In this Free Virtual Lecture, George Runkle will discuss the Falklands conflict and the lessons that can be derived for forces in 2022. The talk will focus on the air war but it will be considered from a ‘ground fighter’s’ perspective.

Talk Outline

This presentation focuses on how the build up to the 1982 Falklands Conflict, the course of the war, and the costs associated with keeping the peace offer lessons at the strategic, operational, and tactical level for militaries of all sizes, regardless of geographic locale. Although this presentation is developed from a paper focused on what the American national security apparatus can learn from the conflict, none of the lessons are exclusive to the English speaking world, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or even the country’s with the most technologically advanced or expensive militaries.  The presentation will provide at least two air vignettes and either one land or sea-power focused vignette at each level of war.  These vignettes will showcase some key decisions faced by the British and Argentine governments that are very likely to be faced by another nation within the next 20 years.


This virtual lecture will be held on the Museum’s Crowdcast Channel on Friday 1 April at 6PM.


This lecture is free to attend via the RAF Museum’s Crowdcast channel but registration is required. Booking is quick and easy:
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About George Runkle

George William Runkle IV is a former US Army officer who served in both the Georgia Army National Guard and the active duty US Army from 2000-2021.  With a Master of Arts in Social Science from Georgia Southern University, Mr. Runkle also holds the US Army Additional Skill Identifier 5X, Military Historian.  Mr. Runkle served in a variety of operation and planning positions from the Battalion to Theater Army level, and as the III Corps Command Historian during 2020 and 2021.

Now working in private industry, George is an engaged member of the historical community and is advancing along the journey of becoming a professional historian.  He is featured as an author in the forthcoming book Falklands/Malvinas: The War Forty Years On, edited by Alexander Clarke and Louise Clare, and set to be published by Pen & Sword at the end of 2021.

About the RAF Museum Research Programme

The RAF Museum’s 2022 programme includes Lunchtime Lectures at the RAF Museum, Cosford; Air Power Lectures, co-organised with the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University; Air Power Seminars, co-organised with the University of Wolverhampton; and the Trenchard Lecture series, hosted at the Royal Aeronautical Society. You can attend these lectures in person or join us online as we live-stream from the venue.

The RAF Museum will also be hosting virtual only lectures throughout 2022. You can find more information on our virtual lectures, and our Crowdcast Channel, by visiting