125 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6335
, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) / Published June 18, 2016
There is no need to suppose that human beings differ much from one another; but it is true that the ones who come out on top are the ones who have been trained in the hardest school. -King Archidamus, Sparta, 5th c.B.C.
The most important thing that air power theorists can do today is to try to get their perceptions of the future right. —Carl Builder
Members of SAASS Class XXVI,
Congratulations on your selection to America’s premier school for military strategists. Getting here was not easy. You were chosen from a significant number of highly qualified applicants, and you are among the finest officers anywhere... SAASS will make you even better. Our rigorous curriculum and one-on-one mentoring will challenge you to develop the life of the mind. As you explore intellectual terrain far beyond your previous experience, you will discover a broad landscape of thought and develop the perspective of an educated strategist, someone who perceives the vital connections between power and statecraft. Your journey will be arduous, enlightening, and invaluable. Your full commitment will enable you to think anew so you can act anew.
Your class will in-process en mass beginning at 0830, Wednesday, 6 July 2016. Those who arrive prior to 6 Jul should check in with our administrative section to sign in and update contact information (cell, email, address) so we know your whereabouts while on casual status. Please do not ask for books, syllabi, reading lists, or thesis topic information. It is highly recommended that you utilize your downtime before the start date of 6 July to the fullest. Once the academic year starts the fast paced environment of SAASS will require your full concentration with no time for personal leave. This program is like no other you have experienced and it requires you to engage in a very deliberate intellectual rhythm that cannot be accelerated. For assistance with the transition, call Sheila McKitt at DSN 493-5155 or commercial at 334-953-5155.
In addition to the academic calendar, voluntary course books are provided to help prepare for the challenges of your year at SAASS. These recommended readings are meant to strengthen any weaknesses you might have in military history and theory. While your present duties are your first priority, this background material may be essential for those with limited knowledge in some of the specific areas.
Through personal experience I am sure that your year at SAASS will be one during which you will develop lifelong friendships with your classmates and be extraordinarily valuable both personally and professionally. As stated by the Chief of Staff of the AF, there is a need for”... officers who can think through the complex problems facing our nation...“and the world. 1 can promise you that upon completion of SAASS, you will be that officer! Welcome to SAASS!