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Community College of the Air Force Community College of the Air Force

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The community college of choice, providing a path to higher learning for those with a calling to serve.
Officer Training School Officer Training School

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Air Command and Staff College Air Command and Staff College

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The premier academic institute for developing bold airpower leaders
Air War College Air War College

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The foremost college for air, space, and cyberspace education and thought
International Officer School International Officer School

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Building global partnerships ...one international leader at a time
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The US Air Force’s professional peer-reviewed journal and the leading forum for airpower thought and dialogue.
Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development

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The Center of Expertise and Innovation for Professional Development
Commanders' Professional Development School Commanders' Professional Development School

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Air Force Chaplain Corps College Air Force Chaplain Corps College

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USAF Center for Strategy and Technology USAF Center for Strategy and Technology

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Strategic thinking for technology and its implications for national security
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Developing Enlisted Airpower Leaders for America.
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Latest News

National Prayer Breakfast
Maxwell Chaplains host National Prayer Breakfast

The Maxwell chaplains invited the base community to share food and prayer during the annual National Prayer Breakfast hosted at the Maxwell Club April 18, 2018....

photo collage of the 42nd Force Support Squadron
42nd FSS is a finalist for Air Force award

The 42nd Force Support Squadron has been chosen as one of the finalists for the title of the best large installation level FSS for 2017. The 42nd FSS is...

ACSC’s MDOS: An inside look into one of the DOD’s most innovative courses
ACSC’s MDOS: An inside look into one of the DOD’s most innovative courses

Air University’s Air Command and Staff College was recently announced as one of five winners of the 2017 Innovation Challenge during the Air Education and...

CoL visits Maxwell Leadership
CoL visits Maxwell Leadership

The Air Education and Training Command’s Continuum of Learning team was here to engage with base leaders, April 9 – 10. The team focused on hearing concerns...

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Academics, Research and Outreach

 Squadron Officer School Squadron Officer School
Primary developmental education for Captains and their Department of the Air Force civilians.  They are exposed to educational and experiential opportunities that challenge them to become more effective leaders for our Air Force.
 Air Command and Staff College Air Command and Staff College
ACSC is the Air Force's intermediate level officer PME. Each year it has over 600 majors and major-equivalent civilians from the Air Force, other U.S. services, U.S. government agencies, and over 70 other nations. 
 Air War College Air War College
Air Force's senior PME school for officers. Each year over 250 colonels and lieutenant colonels attend - from the Air Force and other U.S. military services, equivalent grade civilians from U.S. government agencies, as well as from 45 other nations.
International Officer School
International Officer School
IOS is the lead-up course to prepare all international officers for attending AWC, ACSC, and SOC. This allows international officers to be able to hit the ground running when integrated into the academic culture with the US officers in individual schools.
School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
SAASS creates warrior-scholars who have a superior ability to solve complex problems; think critically; develop strategy and policy; and develop, evaluate, and employ airpower as a component of military force in support of national objectives.
eSchool of Graduate PME
eSchool of Graduate PME
The eSchool brings the distance education programs of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer College together into a cohesive framework delivering the right education to the right person at the right time.
 Air Force Cyber College Air Force Cyber College
The College integrates existing Air University cyber research capabilities, including those at AFIT, to educate Airmen and produce scholarly research to inform decision leaders.
 Air Force Institute of Technology Air Force Institute of Technology
The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, is the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education.
 Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education
LeMay Center where Air Force doctrine is developed, advocated in exercises and wargames, represented in Joint and Multinational doctrine, and deployed to Airmen through a multifaceted outreach program.
 Barnes Center for Enlisted Education Barnes Center for Enlisted Education
The Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education discharges Air University's responsibility for the education of enlisted leaders throughout the Air Force.
Community College of the Air Force Community College of the Air Force
The Community College of the Air Force is a federally-chartered degree-granting institution that serves the United States Air Force's enlisted total force.
Air Force Career Development Academy Air Force Career Development Academy
The Air Force Career Development Academy (AFCDA) manages all facets of curriculum development and delivery for enlisted upgrade training materials. 
 Airman Leadership School Airman Leadership School
Airman Leadership School (ALS) is the first level of the Enlisted Professional Military Education continuum and prepares senior Airmen to be professional, war-fighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams.
Noncommissioned Officer Academy
Noncommissioned Officer Academy
The Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) is the second level of enlisted PME and prepares technical sergeants to be professional, war-fighting Airmen who can manage and lead Air Force units in the employment of airpower.
Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
The Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) is the third level of enlisted PME. AFSNCOA prepares senior NCOs to lead the enlisted force in the employment of airpower in support of US national security objectives.
Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course
Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course
The CLC is the capstone and pinnacle level of Enlisted Professional Military Education. The USAF CLC mission is to provide Chief Master Sergeants the education to bridge operational-to-strategic perspectives of the Air Force.
USAF First Sergeant Academy USAF First Sergeant Academy
The USAF First Sergeant Academy mission is to develop, through education and training, selected senior noncommissioned officers to serve as advisors to commanders on issues that impact our Airmen in successfully accomplishing the Air Force mission.
Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute
Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute
The AFEHRI’s mission is to educate and motivate visitors by researching, preserving, and showcasing to the world our Air Force enlisted history, heritage, and their resulting contributions to air power.
Enlisted PME Instructor Course
Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course
EPMEIC teaches methodologies that are very specific to EPME and is considered the “gateway” for an EPME instructor.   
 Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development.
Holm Center provides coordinated leadership and policy direction for the Air Force's officer recruiting, training, and commissioning programs.
 Air Force ROTC Air Force ROTC (AFROTC)
The Air Force is seeking talented and motivated high school and college students with solid character and demonstrated leadership potential.  
 Air Force Officer Training School Air Force Officer Training School
Our primary mission at OTS is to produce leaders of moral character in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.  When you graduate from OTS you will leave Maxwell Air Force Base equipped with the right tools and the knowledge necessary to be an effective and professional leader in our Air Force. 
Air Force Junior ROTC
Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) 
The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." AFJROTC is not an USAF accessions program and cadets are never under any obligation to join the military.
 Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development
The Eaker Center supports the Air Force mission by providing functionally-aligned technical training and professional continuing education to Air Force and other Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, as well as offers civilian undergraduate education. 
 Commanders' Professional Development School Commanders' Professional Development School
Prepare Wing / Vice Wing Commanders and Spouses, Group Commanders, Senior Materiel Leaders, and Emergency Operations Center Directors for their respective duties via tailored courses to better execute the mission, lead Airmen, manage resources, and improve their units.
 Force Support Professional Development School Force Support Professional Development School (FSPDS)
The Force Support Professional Development School (FSPDS) has a dual mission to provide functional Professional Continuing Education (PCE) for Force Support officer, civilian and enlisted community along with leadership, supervisory and managerial development for all Air Force appropriated fund civilian employees.
Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS)
Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS)
The DFM&CS mission is to provide world class Financial Management education for DoD personnel by delivering advanced course work in a joint learning environment.
Air Force Chaplain Corps College
Air Force Chaplain Corps College (AFCCC)
The AFCCC educates and trains Chaplain Corps personnel to provide spiritual care and advise leadership so Airmen and their families have opportunities to the free exercise of their religion and are spiritually fit to fly, fight and win.
 Muir S Fairchild Research Information Center Muir S Fairchild Research Information Center
The Muir S Fairchild Research Information Center connects the Air Force professional to authoritative and relevant information resources through knowledgeable experts and tailored library tools.
 China Aerospace Studies Institute China Aerospace Studies Institute
The China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) advances understanding of the capabilities, development, operating concepts, strategy, doctrine, personnel, organization, and limitations of China's aerospace forces.
 Strategic Leadership Communication Air Force Center for Strategic Leadership Communication
Strategic leadership communication helps leaders understand and engage in the global information environment. Provides educational, doctrinal and research support to Air University, the Air Force and leaders worldwide. 
 USAF Center for Strategy and Technology USAF Center for Strategy and Technology
The Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT) engages in long-term strategic thinking about technology and its implications for U.S. national security. The Center focuses on education, research, and publications that support the integration of technology into national strategy and policy.
Air Force Fellows
Air Force Fellows
Provides competitively selected,highly qualified field-grade Air Force officers and their civilian counterparts an in-depth education in national security policy through assignments to a distinguished civilian institute or placement in a key government agency or department.
Air Force Culture & Language Center
Air Force Culture & Language Center (AFCLC)
The AFCLC's mission is to serve as the Air Force focal point for creating and executing programs that sustain career-long development of Linguistically, Regionally and Culturally (LRC) competent Total Force Airmen to meet the Service's global mission.
Air Force Negotiation Center
Air Force Negotiation Center
Mission is to design and deliver culturally adaptable education, training, and research in negotiation methodologies and techniques that foster collaborative relationships, build partnerships, and find interagency solutions.
 Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies
Develop Air Force, DoD, and other USG leaders to advance the state of knowledge, policy, and practices within strategic defense issues involving nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.
Air and Space Power Journal  Strategic Studies Quarterly




The gold standard for professional academic research on airpower issues is the Air & Space Power Journal published by Air University. Together with its companion publication, Strategic Studies Quarterlythe journals cover both today’s issues and tomorrow’s challenges. The icing on the cake—your base library already has a copy or you can read them (and all the past issues) for free on Air University’s website.
 
Air and Space Power Journal - Africa and Francophonie Air & Space Power Journal Africa & Francophonie disseminates original research articles and review articles in numerous areas, refereed by subject-matter experts. Read in 185 countries/territories, each issue includes contributions in both English and French.
 
Air University Press The Air University Press catalog is a compilation of Air University Press, books, research papers and AU Texts. AUPRESS is a not-for-profit publisher of air, space, and cyberspace power doctrine and national security.

Air University Press Latest Publications

The Stakes Are High: Ethics Education at US War Colleges
A series of high-profile ethical lapses by senior military professionals has generated calls from levels as high as the commander in chief for a renewed emphasis on military ethics. Leaders engaged in professional military education across the joint force have worked to ensure their programs support this call. This paper explores and assesses the ethics education programs at the service senior leader colleges (war colleges) based on three fundamental questions: (1) What are the desired outcomes of ethics education? (2) How should the curriculum be structured to achieve those outcomes? (3) What is the correct faculty composition to develop and employ that curriculum? Analysis reveals that existing ethics education programs at the war colleges compare favorably to the model program structure based on the answers to these questions. However, leaders at these institutions could further strengthen their programs by creating and empowering an “ethics team” that includes trained ethicists and military practitioners and by conducting more robust faculty development programs for nonethicists. [Lt Col Beth A. Behn, USA / Jan 2018 / 35 pages / AU Press Code P-124]
Military Personnel As Innovators: An Unrealistic Expectation?
Calls for innovation from United States military leaders reverberate throughout the ranks. In an organizational culture that reinforces self-restraint, rewards groupthink, and treats white space as wasted space, these leaders have unrealistic expectations of their military personnel. An examination of the requirements for innovation along with recent neuroscience and organizational psychology research provides valuable insight into how the checklist mentality of the military inhibits creativity and innovation. Recommendations to counter these barriers include recruiting creative personalities, training in divergent thinking, providing time for incubation, and promoting innovative leaders. Adoption of these recommendations will embolden military members to be more creative and will cultivate a culture that champions innovation.
Brothers in Berets: The Evolution of Air Force Special Tactics 1953-2003
Relying largely on oral history interviews, this work explores the evolution and contributions of the Battlefield Airmen assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) special tactics units over 50 years. “Their story deserves telling within the US Air Force and to the general public.”
Brown Bag Lessons: The Magic of Bullet Writing
This author unlocks the “magic” of effective bullet writing through proven techniques. Following them guarantees immediate improvement for anyone who has struggled with formulating statements for recognition packages and appraisals. The author emphasizes that the “struggle to write comes to an end!” Skillful writing doesn’t have to be difficult.
The Evolution of Airmen: Conversations with the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force
Fifty years ago, our Air Force made a significant step forward. Our senior leaders recognized the need for an enlisted voice on the headquarters staff and, after a significant vetting and interview process, selected Chief Master Sergeant Paul Airey to become the first CMSgt of the Air Force.
On the Leadership Journey: 30 Conversations about Leading Yourself and Others
These conversations represent Chief LugoSantiago’s boots-on-the-ground framework of leadership study and philosophy. Although tightly woven in timeless leadership tenets, this book is not about leadership acquired in the quietness of a classroom. What you find in his writing and leadership talks are proven answers in response to questions many people are asking about leading themselves and others.
The Redesigned Air Force Continuum of Learning
The USAF Strategic Master Plan posited five strategic vectors to help prioritize investments, drive institutional change, and operationalize key concepts. These included providing effective twenty-first-century deterrence; maintaining a robust and flexible global intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability; ensuring a full-spectrum capable, high-end focused force; pursuing a multidomain approach to the Air Force’s five core missions; and continuing to pursue game-changing technologies. Arguably Air Education and Training Command (AETC) supports all of these vectors; however, the call for a full-spectrum capable, high-end focused force falls squarely within the AETC mission. AETC was tasked with preparing for the future, yet much of what we deliver under the banner of force development is lodged in a learning paradigm that has not altered substantially since the creation of our service. In this paper, the authors briefly review the disruptive forces that are driving change across our Air Force, share some insights into how our sister services are reacting to similar pressures in terms of their force-development strategies, review what our senior leaders approved, and describe how we are moving ahead with this new, force-development paradigm. This new approach will eventually affect every aspect of force development, so it is important that all Airmen understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. [Lt Gen Darryl L. Roberson and Dr. Matthew C. Stafford / 2017 / 33 pages / ISBN: 9781585662807 / AU Press Code: LP-1]
Adapt or Fail: The USAF's Role in Reconstituting the Iraqi Air Force, 2004-2007
The US Air Force has not had much experience in helping to create an air force for a partner nation. Usually the partner nation would already have an air force and the requisite infrastructure, only needing better airplanes, more training, or additional spare parts for the equipment already on hand. In Iraq, however, the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) officially disbanded the country’s air force and the other branches of its armed forces. During the transitional period pending the formal return of sovereignty to the Iraqi people, the CPA re-created the national institutions deemed essential, including a defense force. A handful of USAF advisors deployed to help the Iraqis reconstitute their air force in January 2004. This book summarizes the essentials of that complex sequence of events. This is a story about the ingenuity, flexibility, and perseverance of the USAF Airman-advisors who deployed to Iraq and the Iraqi patriots they trained, mentored, and befriended. [George W. Cully / 2017 / 168 pages / ISBN 9781585662692/B-147 / AU Press Code: B-147]
Resilient Effective Adaptable Leadership
Adaptation is required to stay ahead of the competition or an adversary, remain relevant, or increase effectiveness. Military leaders must self-evaluate and confront any barriers inhibiting their growth in this area. Sawtelle provides opportunities to reflect on leadership in an uncommon context. Self-reflection—made more credible by a certain level of discomfort— can shed light on personal and cultural blind spots. There are six common blind spots in modern military culture inhibiting the comprehensive development of more advanced leaders to achieve resilient intent: trust, risk, investment of time, ownership, technology dependence, and personal adaptability. These elements can serve as catalysts for reflection and dialogue to aid in the evolution of modern leadership culture to best prepare for surprise, disruption, and crisis. [Jonathan D. Sawtelle / 2016 / 115 pages / ISBN: 9781585662685 / Cost: $13 / AU Press Code: B-146]

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