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Field Manual 100-20: The ‘Declaration of Independence’ for tactical airpower
Field Manual 100-20: The ‘Declaration of Independence’ for tactical airpower On February 14, 1943, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of the German Afrika Korps in North Africa, launched a major offensive against Allied positions at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, North Africa. Within days, the rapid advance of the Afrika Korps, supported by German aircraft, nearly overran  Read More 

SecAF, DoD, industry leaders share stage at 2018 AFITC
SecAF, DoD, industry leaders share stage at 2018 AFITC Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and the service’s new assistant secretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics, Dr. Will Roper, are two of the military keynote speakers sharing the stage with industry leaders at this year’s Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference.  Read More 

Junior ROTC cadets off and flying in Chief of Staff of the Air Force Flight Academy Scholarship program
Junior ROTC cadets off and flying in Chief of Staff of the Air Force Flight Academy Scholarship program The inaugural class of Air Force Junior ROTC cadets participating in the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Flight Academy Scholarship program this summer are off and flying, many already hitting their solo milestone.  Read More 

AU’s Barnes Center elevates commandant position to command chief following EPME revitalization
AU’s Barnes Center elevates commandant position to command chief following EPME revitalization Air University’s Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education elevated the rank of the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy commandant to Command Chief Master Sgt., June 27, as part of their goal towards revitalizing Air Force enlisted professional military education.  Read More 

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Officer Education

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
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 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 is the lead-up course to prepare all international officers for attending Air War College, Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School. 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
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
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.
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.
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.
Air Force Cyber College
The Air Force Cyber College integrates existing Air University cyber research capabilities, including those at AFIT, to educate Airmen and produce scholarly research to inform decision leaders.
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.

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 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 Reserve Officer Training Corps
The Air Force is seeking talented and motivated high school and college students with solid character and demonstrated leadership potential.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
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.

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
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.
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
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
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
The capstone and pinnacle level of Enlisted Professional Military Education, the Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course provides Chief Master Sergeants the education to bridge operational-to-strategic perspectives of the Air Force.
Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course
The Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course (EPMEIC) teaches methodologies that are very specific to EPME and is considered the “gateway” for an EPME instructor.
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 (AFEHRI)
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.

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
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.
Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School
The Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School (DFM&CS) mission is to provide world class Financial Management education for DoD personnel by delivering advanced course work in a joint learning environment.
Force Support Professional Development School
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.
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.

Air University Press Latest Publications

Air & Space Power Journal En Español - Volume 30, Issue 2 - 2nd Trimester 2018
Our summer edition focuses on the challenges that threaten our Western Hemisphere and the efforts of the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA) to counteract them via its new operational approach, as adopted by the Conference of Chiefs of American Air Forces (CONJEFAMER).
Air & Space Power Journal - Summer 2018
Senior leader perspective: AFSPC/CV views on the role of the space domain for national defense. Features: Revolutionary changes influencing the space cadre’s production of military space professionals, developing officers for senior leadership, and ICBMs in future nuclear forces. Views: Auxiliary forces and strategic foresight methods. More: Schriever Essays and book reviews.
Strategic Studies Quarterly - Summer 2018
In this issue: the National Defense Strategy, the Nuclear Posture Review, and the President’s military continuity. Plus these HOT TOPICS: Cyber Attribution, Geoengineering, and Space Arms Control.
A Discourse on Winning and Losing
Edited and compiled by Grant T. Hammond, this is the first book published on John R. Boyd’s famous same-titled briefing. A maverick fighter pilot devoted to the Air Force, Boyd challenged orthodoxy including fighter tactics and how wars were to be fought. Although inspiring radically different opinions, his ideas have influenced militaries, business, politics, and education globally.
Developing Your Full Range of Leadership: Leveraging a Transformational Approach
This newly developed Air University text focuses on the Full-Range Leadership Model (FRLM) and its application in team leadership. Leaders applying the FRLM approach can see immediate, tangible results. Leveraging the components of transformational leadership has been proven to result in the most effective style of leadership.
The Stakes Are High: Ethics Education at US War Colleges
This paper explores the ethics education programs at the service war colleges based on three fundamental questions: 1) What are the desired outcomes of ethics education? 2) How should curriculum be structured to achieve those outcomes? 3) What is the correct faculty composition to develop and employ that curriculum?
Military Personnel As Innovators: An Unrealistic Expectation?
An examination of the requirements for innovation along with recent neuroscience and organizational psychology research provides valuable insight into countering a culture of groupthink. Recommendations include recruiting creative personalities, training in divergent thinking, and promoting innovative leaders.
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
Jaren 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
Historical and present-day interviews of the first 17 Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force provide a snapshot of this select group. In their own words, they each reveal a unique perspective about their lives and times and ultimately of the history of the USAF.
The Redesigned Air Force Continuum of Learning
Lt Gen Darryl Roberson, former AETC commander, and Dr. Matthew Stafford, AU VP for academic affairs, discuss the USAF’s new force-development paradigm that better prepares Airmen and cultivates a culture of lifelong learning. Because “this new approach will eventually affect every aspect of force development, . . . it is important that all Airmen understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.”
Adapt or Fail: The USAF's Role in Reconstituting the Iraqi Air Force, 2004-2007
A handful of USAF advisors deployed to help the Iraqis reconstitute their air force in January 2004. Cully presents 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.
Resilient Effective Adaptable Leadership
Sawtelle provides opportunities to reflect on leadership in an uncommon context. The personal and cultural blind spots of trust, risk, investment of time, ownership, technology dependence, and personal adaptability are examined. These elements can serve as catalysts for consideration and dialogue to aid in the evolution of modern leadership culture.