About the Department:
The Department of Airpower is comprised of a civilian-military faculty team which ensures that the ACSC curriculum meets professional military education objectives in emerging air, space, and cyberspace power topics. Each year, we educate and instruct approximately 500 resident students including select U.S. and international field grade officers as well as their civilian counterparts. Specifically, the department analyzes the development of airpower and the organizations, capabilities, and strategies inherent in its employment. By educating students on the effective application of airpower in past and present military operations, our graduates are capable of interpreting and forecasting the role that air, space, and cyber assets can play in future military operations. More than anything else, the Department of Airpower identifies the key lessons of Airpower heritage, and how they are useful to the modern Airpower leader in terms of theory, doctrine, strategy, and technology.
Dr. John Terino is the Chairman of the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). At ACSC, he teaches courses on Leadership and Warfare, Airpower, the Practice of Command, Joint Warfare Planning, Joint Air Planning, and an elective on the Air Force in Fact, Fiction, and Film. Prior to teaching at ACSC, he was a professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). While at SAASS, he directed the school’s course on Technology and Military Innovation, courses on Airpower History, and the institution’s wargaming activities. He is currently researching a comprehensive history of the Joint Strike Fighter Program. Dr. Terino’s dissertation explores interactions of the military-industrial-academic complex in the early Cold War and Vietnam eras and the development of biological warfare under the purview of the USAF. Before coming to Air University, he taught for four years at the Air Force Academy in the Department of History. He retired from the Air Force in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel in 2008 after serving for almost 23 years. He received his Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. In his spare time, John enjoys officiating cross country and track and field, reading, and attending the cinema.
Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower, USAF History, History of Technology, Military History.
Lt Col Anthony Figiera is a Senior Developmental Education student and Deputy Airpower Department Chair assigned to the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College Instructor Fellowship program. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Figiera was the Commander of the 633d Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia where he provided overall construction, maintenance, repair and utilities support to five wings and Headquarters Air Combat Command while managing a physical plant in excess of $1.5 billion. He also served as the Commander of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron where he was charged with executing the Department of Defense’s largest Military Construction program supporting the $1.29 billion Special Operations bed down transforming Cannon into a premier Special Operations training and power projection base. Lt Col Figiera entered active duty in June 1997 as a graduate of the ROTC program at Syracuse University. He has since held a number of squadron and staff civil engineer positions and deployed three times in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Lt Col Figiera earned a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 2000 from Arizona State University and is a 2010 graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. He is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Wyoming.
Research Interest/Expertise: Earthquake Engineering, Collapsible Soils and Slope Stability.
Director of Staff:
Research Interest/Expertise: Cold War, History of the Vietnam War, U.S. Military History, Aviation History.
Airpower I Course Director:
Dr. Trevor Albertson is an Assistant Professor at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and the Course Director for the Airpower I course. Dr. Albertson has taught at other institutions, including the United States Air Force Academy. He earned a PhD from the University of California, Merced, with a major field of 20th Century United States Political-Diplomatic history, a Masters in International Affairs from the Catholic University of America, and graduated cum laude from Norwich University. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Albertson has published in multiple scholarly periodicals, and he is completing a book on Curtis E. LeMay and the SAC commander’s advocacy for justified nuclear preemption. In his professional life he has served as a congressional staffer, a Deputy Secretary of a cabinet department of California state government, and as a civilian with the Department of Defense. Dr. Albertson is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a current reserve officer.
Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower strategy, Airpower History, Political-Diplomatic History, Preemptive Attack/Preventive War and history of key military leaders.
Airpower I Deputy Course Director:
Dr. Jordan R. Hayworth is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies at Air University's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He teaches the Airpower I and Airpower II courses for the Department of Airpower. Hayworth received his B.A. in History from High Point University in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he studied under Dr. Michael V. Leggiere as a Student Fellow of the Military History Center. Dr. Hayworth's article, "Evolution or Revolution on the Battlefield? The Sambre and Meuse Army in 1794," was published by War in History in 2014. He recently authored a book chapter on the French Way of War for an edited volume on Napoleon and the Operational Art of War published by Brill. His doctoral dissertation won the 2016 Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Prize through the Society for Military History and will be published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press.
Research Interest/Expertise: Early Modern and Modern Military History, Political and Diplomatic History, French History.
Airpower II Course Director:
Dr. Heather Venable is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and the Airpower II Course Director. She teaches Airpower One and Airpower Two and has co-taught an elective on Close Air Support. She previously was an Instructor for the Air Command and Staff College’s eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education where she oversaw the writing of proposals and master’s theses and taught Applied Warfare Studies courses at the Joint Professional Military Education I level. As a visiting professor at the US Naval Academy, she taught naval and Marine Corps history. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in American History from the University of Hawai’i. She received her PhD in military history from Duke University. She also has attended the Space Operations Course as well as the Joint Firepower Course. Her primary research interest is the culture of military institutions. Her manuscript entitled ““‘It Means Something These Days to be a Marine’: How Just Another Soldier Became a Marine, 1861-1918” is currently under review for publication. Previous work to be published includes “‘There’s Nothing that a Marine Can’t Do’: Publicity and the Marine Corps, 1905-1917” in New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Naval History Symposium and “The China Marines and the Crucible of the Warrior Mythos, 1900-1941” in Crucibles: Selected Readings in U.S. Marine Corps History.
Research Interest/Expertise: Military Culture and Organization, Combat Motivation and Experience, U.S. Marine Corps, Airpower, Close Air Support.
Airpower II Course Deputy Course Director:
Dr. Jared R. Donnelly is an Assistant Professor of Military and Security Studies in the Department of Airpower at the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He currently serves as the Airpower II Deputy Course Director. Dr. Donnelly received his PhD in European History from Texas A&M University and was previously on the faculty of the International Affairs Department at the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. Dr. Donnelly's research focuses on war and social change in Germany and Europe with a specific interest in the period since 1945. In addition to teaching courses in the ACSC core curriculum, he offers elective classes on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany and German military history.
Research Interest/Expertise: Modern Europe, Modern Germany, European War and Society, Nazi Germany.
Research Interest/Expertise: Military Strategy, Space and Cyber Power, Civil-Military Relations, Intelligence, Military Theory and Philosophy
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Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower, Space, Cyber, Technology, Theory, Strategy, and the Philosophy of War
Michael E. Weaver, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history who specializes in the history of war and warfare. He is the author of Guard Wars: The 28th Infantry Division in World War II (Indiana University Press, 2010), as well as five articles. His most recent are “The Relationship between Diplomacy and Military Force: An Example from the Cuban Missile Crisis” in Diplomatic History (2014) and “Missed Opportunities before Top Gun and Red Flag” in Air Power History (2013). Earlier articles address the Air National Guard in the Berlin Crisis, economic intelligence, and the social composition of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Weaver is now completing a second book, National Policy and Air Power Effectiveness during the Vietnam War. Weaver’s skills include leading small group discussions, academic lecturing, research, and writing. His book reviews have appeared in The Journal of Military History, and H-War, among others. Prof. Weaver has taught courses on U.S. history, war & society, American military history, the Vietnam War, World War II, African-American history, international security, and air power. He received his doctorate from Temple University in 2002 having worked with Russell Weigley and Richard Immerman. Weaver also studied under William Leary, John Morrow, Jr., and Eugene Genovese at the University of Georgia. Read Full CV here.
Research Interest/Expertise: Cold War, history of the Vietnam War, U.S. military history, aviation history, World War II, force & diplomacy, history of the United States.
Dr. Sebastian H. Lukasik is Assistant Professor of Comparative Military Studies in the Department of Airpower at Air Command Staff College. He received a Ph.D. in American history from Duke University. He has served as Course Director for the Leadership and Warfare course and the Airpower I course. Prior to arriving at ACSC, he taught as a visiting instructor at Duke University and North Carolina State University. In addition to teaching courses in the ACSC core curriculum, he offers elective classes on Combat Motivation and Morale in Historical Perspective, Cultural History of Flight, and war and society in the era of the World Wars.
Research interests/expertise: Military culture; combat motivation and morale in modern warfare; the First World War; cultural history of flight; grand strategy and strategic culture.
Mr. Allen G. Peck is an assistant professor and faculty advisor in Air Command & Staff College (ACSC)’s Department of Airpower, where he serves as an instructor in the Genesis of Airpower and Modern Airpower core curriculum courses. He also serves as faculty research advisor for an ACSC seminar. Peck co-teaches a joint Air War College/ Air Command & Staff College joint elective, the Airpower Vistas Research Task Force. Prior to assuming the ACSC faculty position, Peck served as director of the Air Force Research Institute at Maxwell AFB. Prior to these positions, he served for 36 years on active duty in the USAF. He was qualified as an instructor and evaluator in the F-15, and completed two assignments on the Air Staff and a joint assignment at US Central Command. He commanded an air operations group in Germany, an air expeditionary wing in Saudi Arabia, and the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center at Langley AFB. He was a key planner for NATO’s Kosovo operation, and later served as Deputy Combined Force Air Component Commander at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. Peck holds a BS in Mathematics from the US Air Force Academy, an MS in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MA from Salve Regina College in International Relations.
Research Interests/Expertise: Air Superiority and Command & Control of Airpower
Research Interest/Expertise: Cold War history, nuclear deterrence, civil-military relations, and US national security.
Research Interest/Expertise: Intellectual Foundation for Airmindedness in regards to the unique requirements of Global Engagement in the 21st Century.
Lt Col Paul “Abbie” Hoffman is an instructor in the Department of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. He entered the Air Force in 1995 from the United States Air Force Academy, where he studied history. As an intelligence officer, he held various positions at the squadron, wing, and NAF levels, with an emphasis on unit-level operations, ISR management, and support to the test and evaluation communities. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2006, and deployed to Kandahar Air Field in 2009 as an air advisor to the Afghan National Army Air Corps. An ACSC distinguished graduate, he joined the faculty in 2008. He is completing his doctoral dissertation in Political Science (IR and comparative politics) from Indiana University and hopes to become a fully credentialed and productive member of academic society in late 2018.
Research Interest/Expertise: Terrorism; political violence; insurgency; contention; targeting; social movements; suicide attacks
Lt Col Richard “Rick” Rachal is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He enlisted in 1985 as an Air Intelligence Specialist, flying on the AC-130H gunship at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Selected for the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program, he received his commission as an AFROTC DG and attended navigator training at Mather AFB, CA. Selected to fly the C-130 Hercules, he served operational tours at Dyess AFB, TX, Yokota AB, Japan and Little Rock AFB, AR, as an instructor and evaluator. He also served on the headquarters staffs of AMC at Scott AFB, IL (as the Command Evaluator Navigator) and of 16th AF/3rd AF at Ramstein AB, Germany (as the Deputy Director for Plans and Programs). A Command Navigator/Combat Systems Officer, he has more than 3,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-43, C-130 (E,H,H1,H2, and H3 variants), LC-130, and AC-130H including 150 combat/combat support, 800 instructor and 200 evaluator hours. A 3 time graduated squadron commander, he commanded the Space Shuttle Takeoff Abort Landing site at Zaragosa, Spain (789th AES), the base support for RAF Menwith Hill, United Kingdom (421st ABS) and the Remote Piloted Aircraft operation at Arba Minch, Ethiopia (409th AEG, Det 1). He is a graduate of the ACSC AY06 class.
Research Interest/Expertise: Military history (Roman, crusades, American); RPA, CIMIC and Air Mobility operations; Leadership/Command.
Research Interest/Expertise: Operational Art, Fire Support in Decisive Action Training Environments, COIN operations in Mindanao.
Lt Col Hugh Gardenier is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He is an Acquisition officer and a 2016 graduate of ACSC. He has worked extensively in the areas of military research and development, space technology development and space acquisition. He has served in numerous leadership positions throughout Air Force Life Cycle Management Center including Detachment Commander, Section Chief and Program Manager. Maj Gardenier received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy. He earned his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and his M.B.A with a concentration in Project Management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Research Interest/Expertise: Military Research and Development, Space Technology Development and Space Acquisition
LCDR Ben Smith is an instructor of Airpower Studies at Air University's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). LCDR Smith has served aboard both aircraft carriers (USS Enterprise) and Aegis ships (USS San Jacinto and USS Curtis Wilbur) and is qualified carrier Officer of the Deck (OOD), Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator (AAWC), Aegis Tactical Action Officer (TAO), and Ballistic Missile Defense Watch Officer (BMDWO). He has served as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Prototype Training Unit.
Research Interest/Expertise: Influence of religion on societies and politics, multi-disciplinary analysis.
Research Interest/Expertise: Strategy, Complexity, Autonomy, and Human Behavior.
Major Jonathan L. “JAZZ” Stinson is an Instructor of Airpower at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and Deputy Course Director for the “Gathering of Eagles” elective. Maj Stinson is a recent graduate of ACSC In-Residence and a Reserve member recalled back to Active Duty to serve as an instructor. He is the former Mission Support Commander for the 913th Airlift Group (AFRC) at Little Rock AFB, AR, and has served on various Joint operations in Washington, D.C. and with the Texas Air National Guard as an Liaison (LNO), and Director of A1 and A3. He has also served as the Air Force Liaison to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the 2009 Inauguration of President Barak Obama, where he was responsible for the planning, deployment and selection of Total Force members to support operations and event execution. Maj Stinson has also served in various lead capacities at the MAJCOM, Direct Reporting Unit and Joint Operations level.
Research Interest/Expertise: Cultural Impacts on Leadership/Organizational Development; Ancient Military History, Cultural Diversity and Higher Education Leadership/Management; Aviation History.
Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower history with a smattering of Leadership, as well as the role of Mission Support enabling combat operations.
Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower History and Theory, En-route Casualty Care, Technology, Leadership.
Research Interest/Expertise: Grand/National Strategy, Political Influences, Intelligence, Space and Cyber Power, Civil-Military Relations.
Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower, AF Combat Rescue History, Military History
Research Interest/Expertise: Air mobility Operations and Artificial Intelligence.
Research Interest/Expertise: Airpower History, Air Mobility Operations, Strategic Air Command, History of the Vietnam War, U.S. military history.
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