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ACSC Student Support & Research Guides

Air University Student Support & Research Guides

ACSC Commandant Welcomes Class of 2018

Dear ACSC Class of 2018,

On behalf of Air Command and Staff College, welcome, and congratulations on your selection to attend the U.S. Air Force's most historic professional military education program. You are joined by approximately 500 fellow officers and civilian leaders who represent every branch of service, each total force component, several government agencies, and more than 60 nations. I look forward to sharing a rigorous and rewarding academic year with you and your classmates, filled with numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Speaking of the opportunities here at ACSC, I would like to share some information on program concentrations and electives that are available to you. The information below is intended to provide an initial synopsis and you will receive further details and requests to apply for programs in the upcoming months.

The Blue Horizons pr
ogram is chartered by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) to provide rigorously researched strategies, concepts of operation, and technology applications to gain and maintain a competitive advantage for the Air Force and the nation in the year 2040.  The program includes intensive academics, classified research, wargaming, and travel to answer a specific research question posed by the CSAF. The 10-month fellowship culminates with a final group report and outbrief to the CSAF.   Blue Horizons selects 5 Fellows from the incoming AWC class and 11 Fellows from the incoming ACSC class.  The fellowship is not an elective, but rather an alternative IDE/SOE experience in lieu of participation in AWC or ACSC.  Blue Horizons faculty will send email invitations to select members of the incoming ACSC class inviting them to apply. Fellows will be selected from the available volunteers to achieve a mix of professional backgrounds best suited to answering the specific research question posed by the CSAF. Reporting and graduation dates for Blue Horizons are the same as published for ACSC.  A current TS/SCI clearance is required.

Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) concentration is a selective year-long advanced concentration specializing in developing leaders who understand the employment of multi-domain operational maneuver to counter future A2/AD threats. This concentration prepares selected students for operational and command assignments requiring cutting-edge knowledge of planning and operations.
Students study and apply strategic and operational design, the joint operations planning process, reflexive control, decision making theory, and risk analysis. Additionally, students participate in exercises and wargames with Blue Horizons and Air War College's Grand Strategy Seminar. Post-graduation approximately 30-50% of MDOS students attend SAASS, SAMS or SAW, 10% are selected for command, and the majority receive operational level assignments.

The Gathering of Eagles (GOE) is a year-long elective that capstones the ACSC curriculum.  Each year, people who have made a significant contribution to Airpower receive invitations to a week long event to share their personal stories of courage, perseverance and innovation to the ACSC class and local community. GOE has been an annual event since 1982 and has honored over 450 Eagles including Neil Armstrong, Jimmy Doolittle, Bea Haydu, John Glenn, Curtis LeMay, and Chuck Yeager. Students in the GOE are responsible for researching and selecting Eagles, as well as planning and executing the GOE program. Selection to the GOE team is a two-part process: a resume application followed by a faculty interview. For more information about GOE, visit

The Political-Military Affairs Strategist (PAS) program is designed and executed by the Air Command and Staff College i n accordance with AFI 16-109 for students identified for development in A FSC 16P. Students will hone their critical thinking abilities, habits of mind, and patterns of inquiry to become part of a cadre of Airmen with a broad and diverse range of political-military insights and ski l ls to execute DoD and USAF missions.

Elective courses cover an enormous range of academic subjects that complement the ACSC experience. While attending ACSC, you will take two elective courses. These are in addition to, and completely outside of, the core curriculum. You have the opportunity to choose your preferred courses as soon as you reach ACSC. You will receive an invitation to a website that hosts all of the elective syllabi and instructions for submitting your elective choices. Choices will be made by 4 Aug 17, as some of the electives begin the second week of classes.

Instruction s on how to submit your application to MOOS and GOE will follow i n subsequent correspondence or at the beginning of the Academic Year. Feel free to contact our ACSC Student Squadron Staff at U if you have any questions. Again, welcome to ACSC. I wish you all the best, and look forward to learning with you!