ACSC traces its roots to the Air Corps Tactical School (ACTS) located at Maxwell Field from 1931 to 1942. After World War II, as the independent Air Force was formed, grew, and developed, the requirements and expectations of the school evolved to fulfill the service's educational needs. The vision of pre-World War II leaders has withstood the test of time. Although more than eight decades have passed since the founding of the ACTS, the present 10-month curriculum still focuses on expanding understanding of air and space power and on the growth of midcareer officers. In 1962, the school became known by its current name, Air Command and Staff College.
During academic year 1994, ACSC undertook the most significant change to its educational program since the school's inception. The school transitioned from a lecture-based to a seminar-centered, active environment with an integrated curriculum geared to problem solving across the continuum from peace to war. In academic year 1999, ACSC began efforts to align its curriculum under the Air University commander's Strategic Guidance for the Continuum of Education. The ACSC program now functions as a portion of a comprehensive and integrated career-long professional military education program.
A world-class PME institution inspiring lifelong learning & leadership excellence in the profession of arms.
Educate and develop air-minded joint leaders
Facilitate the air, space,and cyber minded thinking of students.
Develop and enhance abilities for higher-level command and staff responsibilities.
Enhance students' abilities to think critically about operational air,space and cyber concepts in a dynamic international environment.
Broaden students' understanding of the nature of conflict and current and future threats to the United States and its allies.
Develop and enhance students' abilities to plan and execute the joint campaign planning process and air, space and cyber operations to support the joint force commander.