Air Command and Staff College Curriculum

Resident ProgramsThe ACSC resident curriculum is a rigorous 10-month graduate-level program taught through intensive seminars and engaging lectures. Courses cover topics that include the profession of arms, leadership and ethics, joint operations, airpower, and the international environment. Additionally, students have the opportunity to conduct research and participate in elective courses that explore topics of varying interests. Success at ACSC is wholly dependent on student engagement and ability students should arrive eager and prepared to critically write, read, and think at an advanced level of mastery. Students who successfully complete the ACSC Resident Program are awarded Joint Professional Military Education I credit as adjudicated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The school is further accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. As such, Air University through ACSC awards the Masters of Military Operational Art and Science Degree to qualified students who meet all curriculum and criteria requirements.




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Leadership     War Theory     International Security I     Airpower I     International Security II     Airpower II     Joint Warfighting  

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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.

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The ACSC Schriever Scholars Program is the nation’s first year-long, space-centric IDE program dedicated to developing space strategists for the nation.  Sponsored by Air Force Space Command, the concentration combines the time-tested warfighting curriculum of ACSC (War Theory, International Studies, and Joint Warfighting courses) with space-focused classes that offer deep dives into space history, strategy, operations, and policy.  The program offers a world-class strategic space education across all levels of the space enterprise: military, civil, and commercial.  In addition to coursework, the concentration takes three group trips: to participate in the annual Schriever Wargame (Naval War College, Newport, RI in 2019), to Washington, DC, and to the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs to round out the students’ strategic education.  Schriever Scholars graduates are capable of acting as national leaders on space questions at all levels and are highly competitive for SAASS or other Advanced Studies Group programs.  AFSCs 13S, 6XX, 14N, 17D, 11F/B, 51J, Army FA40s and sea service personnel are eligible to apply.

Multi Domain Operational Strategists (MDOS) is an AETC award winning program for innovation in multi domain operations and joint warfighting.  It is a year-long, advanced level course focusing on developing future leaders who understand how to employ multi domain operational maneuver to counter emerging threats.  This concentration prepares selected students for operational and command assignments requiring cutting-edge knowledge of planning and operations. Students study and apply strategic and operational design, the joint operations planning process, reflexive control, decision making theory, and risk analysis.  Additionally, students participate in exercises and wargames with German and Polish War Colleges, as well as the Doolittle Wargame Series.  Post-graduation approximately 40% of MDOS students attend SAASS, SAMS or SAW, 10% are selected for command, and 50% receive operational-level assignments.

 A call for applications will be sent in March. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Jeff Reilly at jeffrey.reilly@us.af.mil.


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