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College of Aerospace Doctrine Research and Education  
Col James L. Ruttler Jr., Commander  
Col Stan Norris, Vice Commander  
http://www.cadre.maxwell.af.mil/  


Mission: To assist in the development, analysis, and war gaming of the concepts, doctrine and strategy of aerospace power; and to educate Air Force and joint communities on war fighting at the operational and strategic level through research, war gaming and military education courses.

The College of Aerospace Doctrine Research and Education (CADRE) carries on the traditions of the Air Corps Tactical School where, in the 1930s, future leaders of the US Air Force were trained and the basic doctrine and concepts of US airpower were formulated. Much as such airpower pioneers such as Generals Harold L. George, Haywood S. Hansell Jr., Claire L. Chennault, and George C. Kenney shaped doctrine and strategy in World War II, the college's staff is committed to providing the Air Staff and the major commands with original thought and applications of aerospace power in the modern world. CADRE is located in Walker Hall--named for Brig Gen Kenneth N. Walker, an airpower hero of the Pacific campaigns in World War II.

The college assists in educating Air Force and joint communities on war fighting at the operational and strategic level through research, war gaming, and continuing education courses. The College of Aerospace Doctrine Research and Education provides

  • Doctrinal research and analysis and development of employment concepts for air and space power
  • Education of the Air Force in air and space doctrine and the doctrinal application of air and space power
  • Study and analysis of dynamics of warfare through modeling, simulation, and war gaming
  • Intelligence support to Air University and its subordinate units

The college creates an interface between research and concept development, testing, and publication. It gives Air University the capability to fulfill its mission of assisting in the development of Air Force doctrine, concepts, and strategy.

CADRE's resident curriculum offerings consist of seven specialized courses: the Joint Flag Officer War-fighting Course (JFOWC), the Joint Force Air Component Commander Course (JFACC), the Combined Force Air Component Commander Course (CFACC), the Senior Information Warfare Applications Course (SIAWC), the Joint Doctrine Air Campaign Course (JDACC), the Contingency Wartime Planning Course (CWPC), and the Information Warfare Applications Course (IWAC). These resident courses

  • Provide flag officer attendees the opportunity to participate in joint combat operation exercises
  • Develop the judgment and combat skills of staff officers
  • Provide training for air campaign planning in conjunction with assignment to joint, combined, and air component command staffs to active duty captains through colonels of all services
  • Provide US Air Force staff planners an understanding of Department of Defense (DOD) planning relationships from a joint deployment perspective
  • Instruct future war planners in the art and science of contingency planning
  • Apply and value the principles of information warfare to enhance war-fighting capabilities


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