The Academic Calendar is completed a year in advance for planning and coordination purposes with Air War College to comply with Headquarters Air Force (HAF) and Joint Staff requirements.
The ACSC resident curriculum is a rigorous 10-month graduate-level program taught through intensive small group seminars and engaging lectures. Courses cover topics that include the profession of arms, leadership and ethics, joint operations, airpower, and the international security environment. Additionally, students have the opportunity to conduct research and participate in elective courses that explore topics of varying interests. Successful completion of the ACSC Resident Program are awarded Joint Professional Military Education I credit and the Masters of Military Operational Art and Science Degree to qualified students who meet all curriculum and criteria requirements.
Foundations of Military Theory fosters understanding of classical thought on the nature and character of war. The course introduces canonical works of military theory, drawing explicit links between historical concepts of war and strategy, the conduct of the profession of arms, and the tenets of contemporary doctrine. Highlighting the effects of emergent ideas and technologies on the practice of warfare, the course analyzes continuity and change in armed conflict over the past three centuries. Foundations of Military Theory is designed to elicit critical thinking about the organization and employment of joint forces in support of national strategic objectives and frame subsequent engagements in the ACSC program.
Airpower Strategy and Operations examines the emergence and development of airpower from World War I through the early years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to better understand airpower employment today. Using the lens of strategic competition, the course analyzes the development of key ideas, capabilities, limitations, organizations, and practices that framed the conduct of air warfare in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as airmen adapted and innovated rapidly in the air domain. The case studies examined in Airpower Strategy and Operations continue to inform debates about airpower’s purpose, utility, and effectiveness. Course readings, lectures, and seminar discussions will cultivate adaptive leaders and critical airpower thinkers. The course challenges students to improve their ability to lead in complex, uncertain times while making ethical decisions with the ultimate goal of applying air power in a joint context to serve national strategic objectives.
In conjunction with the core curriculum, students at ACSC take elective courses. The school provides students the flexibility to choose courses that cover various topics from over 70 electives.
JADS (formerly known as MDOS) is a Secretary of the Air Force recognized and AETC award winning program. In 2018, JADS won the AETC award for innovation in joint and multi domain warfighting and two Secretary of the Air Force leadership awards. Additionally, JADS was described in 2019 by the Secretary of the Air Force in Senate testimony as “THE EXAMPLE” for how the Air Force should innovate PME.
The concentration is a selective, year-long, advanced program specializing in developing leaders who understand the employment of joint all domain maneuver to counter future threats in contested and degraded environments. The curriculum focuses on improving critical thinking and problem-solving skills at the operational level of war. It prepares selected students for future operational and command assignments requiring advanced knowledge of the capabilities, methods, and challenges associated with operations within and across six domains (electromagnetic spectrum, space, air, land, maritime, and human). Additionally, students study and apply strategic and operational design, reflexive control theory, aggregation theory, decision making theory, risk analysis, and a host of other essential topics crucial for developing future strategists.
Students also have the opportunity to conduct advanced research that address real world hard problems with organizations such as MIT Lincoln Labs and Georgia Tech Research Institute.
JADS is a fast paced and exceptionally demanding course. It requires individuals that are dedicated, write well, complete tasks with minimal guidance, and can operate in a forward-looking educational environment where curriculum development is ongoing.
During AY23, JADS will be limited to a maximum of 48 students who will be formed into four seminars.
Students seeking admission to JADS must volunteer by 1) completing an online application here, 2) providing a current SURF, and 3) sending a one-page summary of their operational experience and what they can contribute to JADS plenary and seminar sessions. The format for the one-page summary is 12 pt./New Times Roman/single spaced.
Please send the SURF and one page summary to ACSC.JADS.OrgBox@us.af.mil no later than 31 March 2023.
NOTE: All JADS students MUST have TS/SCI security clearances before they arrive at ACSC.
Students selected for JADS will report with the ACSC initial student cadre (RNLT 7 July). Exceptions to this can be approved on a case-by-case basis.
POC is Dr. Jeff Reilly, Director, JADS. Email: email@example.com; phone (334) 207-5397.
The School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies (SANDS) program was founded in July 2015 by Air Force Global Strike Command to develop field grade officers into the next generation of nuclear deterrence leaders and experts. In 2018, the school was incorporated into ACSC to leverage the wealth of academic knowledge offered by Air University in order to enrich our student’s academic experience. The core mission of SANDS is to study military theory focused on strategic deterrence. Over the course of the rigorous 10-month graduate-level program, our students study the history of deterrence application, modern operational deterrence theory, and formulate how deterrence will change in the future.