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Air War College  
Maj Gen David F. MacGhee Jr., Commandant  
Col Dane R. Martin, Vice Commandant

Mission: To educate senior officers to lead at the strategic level in the employment of air and space forces, including joint operations, in support of national security.

The War Department established the Air War College (AWC) in 1946 at Maxwell Field, Alabama, and the college has operated continuously since that time, except for a period of six months during the Korean conflict. The student body consists of a select group of senior military officers and civilians with diverse backgrounds who are brought together for 10 months of graduate-level study.

Goals: Conduct an educational program of the highest quality that emphasizes air and space forces and the application of these forces in a joint military environment. Consequently, the program contributes to the professional development and motivation of senior officers. The Air War College course of study broadens the graduates' understanding of and refines their ability to analyze and articulate

  • Current and future threats to the United States and its allies and then develop alternative military employment concepts and capabilities appropriate to counter those threats
  • National and military strategies through the study of history, and then formulate and evaluate military strategies appropriate for current and anticipated needs
  • The roles and unique characteristics of airpower-speed, range, flexibility, precision, and lethality--in supporting US national security objectives across the full spectrum of conflict
  • The role of national space power as derived from synergy among the four components of the US space program: civil, commercial, national security, and military.
  • The evolutionary development and utility of the military doctrines of the United States and other major world powers.
  • US national security policy and the process of formulating and implementing that policy.
  • Contemporary international and national security environments and their influence on US security interests and on the formulation of national security policy.
  • The values, attitudes, and ethical factors essential to the professional officer.
  • The functions, special requirements, and challenges of command, leadership, and management particular to senior leaders of large, complex organizations.

The fulfillment of the mission of the Air War College presents a dual challenge--intellectual and professional. To meet these challenges, the school develops the knowledge, skills, and attitudes significant to the profession of arms with emphasis on aerospace power and its application in joint and combined operations. As the senior Air Force professional school, the AWC annually educates approximately 250 resident and almost 4,000 nonresident students from all US military services, from federal agencies, and from 40 other nations.

The Air War College has five academic departments (Leadership and Ethics; Future Conflict Studies; International Security Studies; Strategy, Doctrine, and Air Power; and Joint Force Employment) and an assistant dean for research and electives, led by the dean of academic affairs; an academic support department (Plans and Programs); and three directorates (Operational Support, Student Operations, and Nonresident Studies).

The college's teaching faculty includes 46 military members and 30 civilian scholars. Seven of the military faculty represent the other US military departments. In addition, nine Air University advisors assigned to Air University are available to teach and advise at Air War College. These advisors represent the US Marine Corps, US Army, US Navy, German Air Force, Royal Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Central Intelligence Agency, and Department of State.

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