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ACSC Department of Airpower


Command Section

Colonel Hastings

                                       Commander:


Colonel Brian Hastings serves as Commandant, Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  At ACSC, he executes a $5.5M academic program and directs activities across 8 departments to deliver graduate education to 12,000 personnel annually.  Prior to his position at ACSC, he served as the Wing Commander to the 47th Training Wing, Laughlin AFB TX.  Colonel Hastings is a command pilot with over 2,600 hours in attack and training aircraft.  He has commanded the 51st Operations Support Squadron, OSAN AB, Republic of Korea and was the Vice Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing Davis-Monthan AFB and the Vice Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan.  Colonel Hastings received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a graduate of Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. 

Read Col Hasting's Command Vector for ACSC.

                                       Vice Commander:

Colonel Leon J. Perkowski, Ph.D. is the Vice Commandant of Air Command and Staff College.  He assists the Commandant in executing a $5.5M academic program and directs activities across 8 departments to deliver graduate education to 12,000 personnel annually. Col Perkowski spent the first half of his career as a weather officer supporting fighter wings at Shaw AFB and RAF Lakenheath, managing pollution control R&D projects at Air Force Research Laboratory, and serving and deploying as a staff weather officer for Headquarters US Army Europe and NATO's Joint Headquarters, Centre.  After receiving a second master's degree from Air Command and Staff College, Col Perkowski served in various capacities at Air University, including: deputy chairperson of the Department of International Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College, Associate Dean of Distance Learning at the Air War College, Associate Dean of Academics at Air University's new eSchool of Graduate PME, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL. 

Dr. Forsyth

                                      Dean:

Dr. Forsyth currently serves as Dean, Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Prior to joining ACSC, he served as Professor, International Politics at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. A retired Air Force Colonel, Dr. Forsyth has spent more than twenty-five years in military education, with a wide variety of assignments at Maxwell and the United States Air Force Academy. He is the author of ‘Remembrance of Things Past: The Enduring Value of Nuclear Weapons’ and the ‘The Common Sense of Small Nuclear Arsenals’—each garnering national and international attention. His most recent publications, ‘What Great Powers Make It: International Order and the Logic of Cooperation in Cyberspace’ and ‘Structural Causes and Cyber Effects: Why International Order is Inevitable in Cyberspace’   examine the prospects of achieving international cooperation in cyber-space. A native of New Jersey, he received his PhD from the Joseph Korbel School of International Relations, University of Denver.  See full Vitae

                                     Dean of Students & Support

Colonel Richard Cooney is the Dean of Students and Support at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College.  As Dean, Col Cooney directs support for 510 Air Force, Joint, and International in-resident students.  He supervises two squadron commanders and is responsible for registrar functions, budgeting, facilities, security, information technology, and human resources.  Col Cooney began his military career by enlisting in the Air Force in 1987, serving as a B-52 Weapons Load Crew Member at Minot AFB, ND.  In 1989, he accepted an appointment as a Cadet at the US Air Force Academy and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Class of 1993.  As an officer, Colonel Cooney has served as a Test Psychologist and as a US Air Force Academy faculty member.  He has also held positions at Headquarters Air Force on both the Secretariat and Air Staffs, leading the development of Air Force diversity policy.  Additionally, Colonel Cooney has served in the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of Defense’s Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Cooney was the Chief of Global Assessment in the Information Operations Division, Operations Directorate at US Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL.  Colonel Cooney holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Maryland.            

Research Interest/Expertise: Program Evaluation, Survey Development, Military Diversity, Military Families, Influence Operations