OC Orientation Program (Noncredit)
The orientation program provides an overview of the ACSC Program for Joint Education; USAF educational methodologies, policies, curriculum, and research; and key principles and concepts that students will encounter throughout the academic year. The program includes an introduction to small-group dynamics, communication and critical-thinking skills, the technology employed within the program, research requirements, student responsibilities, and additional services that are available to enhance student success.
LW Leadership and Warfare (3 Semester Hours)
The Leadership and Warfare (LW) course analyzes the factors that guide military leaders' actions in establishing and maintaining an effective leadership environment. The course also seeks to both educate and inspire students to their full leadership potential through the study of great commanders and their conduct of air warfare, as well as current problems of command in contemporary joint operations. Through these studies, students gain a unique understanding of the specific leadership challenges leaders face in guiding people and organizations through crises and environments of change
LC The Practice of Command (3 Semester Hours)
The Practice of Command (LC) course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their personal philosophy on the art and craft of command, honing that philosophy through interaction and the study of responsibilities and challenges unique to commanding an Air Force squadron. The course introduces students to the resources available to assist squadron commanders in their duties and stresses how important it is for commanders to meld their personal philosophies on command with the unique requirements of their situation and their responsibilities to their Service, their mission, their people, and themselves.
NS Inter/National Security Studies (3 Semester Hours)
The Inter/National Security Studies (NS) course provides a foundation for understanding the international security environment and its implications for the United States (US), as well as how the US both shapes and responds to this environment. The course also examines the instruments of power (IOPs), and how these are wielded by both state and non-state actors to affect the international environment. In addition, the course examines the US national strategic decision-making process, examining how the actors and systems translate policy into action through the use of the IOPs.
WS Applied Warfare Studies (3 Semester Hours)
The Applied Warfare Studies (WS) course introduces students to the canon of military theory, focusing on issues such as the nature of war, the levels of war, the range of military operations, and strategy. It looks specifically at traditional forms of warfare, but also examines alternative forms, such as guerilla, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and other forms of warfare. Through this study, students will apply the lessons of military theory and their understanding of warfare to contemporary challenges facing both today's and tomorrow's US military.
AP Air, Space, and Cyberspace Power Studies (3 Semester Hours)
The Air, Space, and Cyberspace Power Studies (AP) course enhances students' understanding of military theory by introducing modern perspectives on warfighting with specific emphasis on air, space, and cyberspace power. It looks specifically at the development of air and space power capabilities, and examines the organizations and strategies that have been involved in their employment. It also examines the important role of these three, critical military elements in current operations, viewing them both discretely and in concert with one another. In addition, the course analyzes the role these elements might play in future operations.
JF Joint Forces (3 Semester Hours)
The Joint Forces (JF) course presents the joint and Service doctrinal perspectives that guide joint force commanders as they seek to successfully achieve assigned theater security objectives. The course provides an overview of joint force organizational structures, as well as the framework within which joint forces are created, employed, and sustained. It also examines each of the military Services, exploring their capabilities and limitations. In addition, the course analyzes the ways in which joint force commanders integrate Service and Functional Component Command support to achieve success at the operational level war.
JP Joint Planning (3 Semester Hours)
The Joint Planning (JP) course introduces students to the complexities and requirements of joint planning. Through the course, students will study pertinent doctrine and the joint operation planning process, analyze the challenges joint force commanders face in attaining unified action, and examine ways in which operational art and design are applied to achieve objectives. The students will examine planning considerations across the range of military operations. The course culminates with students synthesizing what they have learned to create key elements of a campaign plan.
JA Joint Air Operations (3 Semester Hours)
The Joint Air Operations (JA) course introduces students to the people, processes, and products involved in planning, directing, and executing joint air operations in support of joint force commanders' campaign plans. The course focuses specifically on the important role of the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC), looking at the doctrinal responsibilities of that position, as well as the actors, processes, and products that comprise the JFACC's Air Operation Center. Equipped with this understanding, students will analyze the employment of air and space power across the full range of military operations, considering the unique challenges posed by the US' 21st Century adversaries.
CS Regional/Cultural Studies (3 Semester Hours)
The Regional/Cultural Studies (CS) course introduces students to regional and cultural factors and discusses how these factors are motivating actors within the international security environment. Through this course students grasp the important role that culture plays in determining operational success. Students are also exposed to the unique ways in which their own cultural perspectives influence both their outlook and interaction with other societies. Through this experience, students come to understand the unique security challenges and opportunities posed by culture, and how best to respond to ensure success.
RE Research/Electives (6 Semester Hours)
The Research/Electives (RE) program complements ACSC's core curriculum, providing an opportunity for students to investigate topics of particular interest in a rigorous fashion under the direction and guidance of a subject matter expert. Through this program, students develop their ability to define an issue succinctly; conduct thoughtful, logical, and critical research and analysis; and create well-supported conclusions and recommendations of potential benefit to today's warfighters.