Air War College

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Air War College
Established 1946
Location Montgomery, Alabama, US
Campus Maxwell-Gunter AFB

The Air War College is a part of the United States Air Force's Air University, headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Air University's higher headquarters is Air Education and Training Command (AETC) headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.[1] The Air War College emphasizes the employment of air, space, and cyberspace in joint operations.[2] The Army War College, Naval War College, Marine Corps War College, National Defense University, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces are other War Colleges within the Department of Defense's Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase II Education Program.[3]

History[edit source | edit]

The Air War College was founded in 1946 by the United States War Department (now the Department of Defense) at what was then Maxwell Field. The college has operated continuously since its founding except for a period of six months during the Korean War.[4]

Professional Military Education[edit source | edit]

The Air War College (AWC) curriculum has been certified as Joint Professional Military Education (JPME)Joint Professional Military Education Phase II by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[5] According to the most recent posting on the official Air War College webpage "The AWC resident program class membership includes senior officers [lieutenant colonel or USN/USCG commander (O-5) and colonel or USN/USCG captain (O-6) level] from each US military service, civilian employees of federal government agencies at grade GS-14/GM-14 or GS-15/GM-15, and equivalent rank military officers from the international community of nations."[6]

Lieutenant Colonels and above of the Civil Air Patrol/U.S. Air Force Auxiliary are eligible to attend Air War College via "distance learning," which is also an option exercised by many senior U.S. military officers.[7]

The AWC resident program consists of ten (10) months of graduate level courses for a total of 36 credit hours. Graduates receive a Master of Strategic Studies consisting of 4 credit hours in electives, 5 credit hours in research, 3 credit hours in Joint Strategic Leadership, 3 credit hours in National Security Decision Making, 5 credit hours in Foundations of Strategy, 6 credit hours in Warfighting, 4 credit hours in Regional and Cultural Studies, 3 credit hours in Global Security, and 3 credit hours from the capstone Global Challenge Wargame. The AWC Website curriculum page at contains details on admission, graduation requirements, and descriptions of core and elective courses.

Course description[edit source | edit]

The Air War College is the senior professional military education school of the US Air Force. It emphasizes the development of joint knowledges, skills and attributes required of all Air Force, Sister Service, and international senior officers as well as Department of Defense and other National Security civilians, with special focus on their application to large organization and institutional leadership responsibilities. The resident course is ten months long. The school also offers a non-resident program that is typically completed in 20 months or less.[8]

The Air War College's Mission is to: "prepare students to lead in a joint, interagency and multinational environment at the strategic level across the range of military operations; to develop cross-domain mastery of joint air, space, and cyberspace power and its strategic contributions to national security; and to advance innovative thought on National Security, Department of Defense and Air Forces issues."[6]

The AWC curriculum focuses on five learning areas of emphasis:[6] Learning Area 1: Profession of Arms Emphasis. Graduates are capable of leading in a joint environment at the strategic level across the range of military operations. Learning Area 2: Warfare Studies Emphasis. Graduates make sound judgments on the cross-domain use of joint air, space and cyberspace power to maintain national security. Learning Area 3: Leadership Studies Emphasis. Graduates are prepared to exercise transformational leadership at group/wing command and above levels in service, joint, and coalition settings. Learning Area 4: International Security Studies Emphasis. Graduates are equipped to advance innovative thought on national security, Department of Defense and Air Force issues. Learning Area 5: Communication Studies Emphasis. Graduates can communicate complex information in a clear, concise and logical manner in both written and oral formats.

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ AETC - Home. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  2. ^ Welcome to Air War College, Air University. (2012-03-13). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ Air War College receives joint Phase II certification. (2006-12-06). Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
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  7. ^ "AU A4/6: USAF Distance Learning (DL) Courses". CAP University. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
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