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Background & History

 

The Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) tasked AFNC to develop an educational approach to make basic negotiation skills an Air Force corporate capability.  On 28 September 2015, the Secretary signed the memorandum, Air Force Negotiation Initiative, directing Air University (AU) and AFNC to address three areas:

1.  Educate 36,000 Airmen leaders annually.

2.  Deliver appropriate cross-cultural negotiation training for deploying Airmen through Expeditionary Readiness Programs.

3.  Leverage transformation initiatives championed by AU, and collaborate with the Air Force Judge Advocate (AF/JA) and other agencies to develop the tools and training needed to make negotiations an enterprise capability.

 

The result of this memorandum expanded AFNC’s role in providing negotiation skills to the Total Force.  To support the establishment of negotiation skills as a corporate capability, the Air Force General Counsel (SAF/GC), which is responsible for implementing ADR in all Air Force workplaces, had previously established a 2013 Memorandum of Agreement with AFNC to incorporate Air Force-wide ADR education into its mission.

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Mission:  Develop Total Force Airmen with adaptive conflict transformation, negotiation and mediation skills to succeed in a dynamic, global Air Force.

Our Vision:  Develop Negotiation Capabilities as a Critical Engaged-Leadership Competency Across DoD.

 

Areas of Praxis

Professional Military Education (PME) 
"Officers must be knowledgeable about history and conversant in the art of negotiation..."
General Martin Dempsey, Former Chief of Staff, United States Army

Being an expert negotiator goes far beyond reading a popular self-help book on your flight into a combat zone.  Experts devote a lifetime of study, or they may learn through experience with little formal training.  Unless you are the one-in-a-million natural negotiator, the information in this website should be helpful. 

First, read the Practical Guide to Negotiation in the Military.  Next, explore the website for additional information.  These will get you started.

Remember, many factors will influence any negotiation: culture, situation, language, mission, environment, urgency, personalities, and more.  Each factor influences success and must be considered in the planning process.  Careful planning, purposeful execution, and determined follow-through to give you the best chance of executing a successful negotiation.  Following the processes of negotiation is not optional.  An organized approach gives you the best chance of success.  Use a negotiation planning process even if you have only two minutes to prepare in the field or if you are leading a full staff in a well-prepared and chain-of-command approved, formal negotiation.  Perhaps the best way to view negotiation is to make it a warrior tool.  Warrior skills are part of readiness, and you should train to best execute all your required combat skills; negotiation should be a part of this package.

Professional Continuing Education (PCE) - The Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC) was created in 2005 to Develop Total Force Airmen with adaptive conflict management, negotiation, and mediation skills to succeed in the dynamic, global Air Force mission.  We are part of the Air University and located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The Professional Continuing Education (PCE) Pillar focuses mainly on the Eaker Center for Professional Development which is composed of four primary schools: Commanders' Professional Development School, USAF Chaplain Corps College, Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School, and the AF Personnel Professional Development School. PCE & technical training are critical components for preparing tomorrow’s Airmen and DoD personnel to meet the challenges of a volatile and dynamic world.

Dispute Resolution - Dispute Resolution encompasses many different means to resolve conflict.  The AFNC is committed to providing training, education and information about dispute resolution; specifically how you can use these skills in the workplace. 

Training - As the AFNC mission has evolved in the last decade and as additional resources have been available, the center has been able to respond to the many requests for application-level training beyond the walls of Air University.  The actual training provided includes the full spectrum to include SME support to establish programs, curriculum documentation, faculty development and guest speaker guided discussions with practical exercises.

With the addition of six additional web-based cross-cultural negotiations courses hosted on Joint Knowledge Online (JKO), AFNC also provides pre-deployment training across the DoD.  These courses are detailed, multi-media products that can be offered through standard desktop applications as well as downloadable to mobile devices.   Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) is located at http://jko.jten.mil/.

Looking forward as we continue to execute a 10-year strategic plan for education and training, the AFNC will be offering a catalog of options for additional on-line opportunities and quarterly in-house courses for the general public and a specific course for senior leaders.

Distance Learning (dL)
  Joint Knowledge Online

Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) is an excellent host for negotiation education and training material. The AFNC partnered with the JKO team to provide viable access to training and education courses - both mobile and desktop - for the Air Force and Joint community. The courses are:
     1. Cross-Cultural Negotiations - Captures challenges of military negotiations during intercultural negotiations and situational problem-solving.
     2. Cross-Cultural Negotiations with Force Protection Planning Exercise.
     3. Cross-Cultural Negotiations with Humanitarian Assistance Exercise.
     4. Cross-Cultural Negotiations with Civil Affairs Exercises.
     5. Predeployment Training

To aid you in your quest, here are some resources to make your journey easier:

            Direction to access Air Force Negotiation Center JKO courses.

            JKO Mobile Quick start guide

            Cross Cultural Negotiation (CCN) Courses for Mobile Devices

eSchool

   eSchool is the distance education program of the Air War College (AWC), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and Squadron Officer College (SOC). These course offer negotiations electives.
  • Dr. Thomas G. Matyók

    Dr. Thomas G. Matyók, Director

    Associate Professor, Conflict Analysis & Resolution

    Thomas Matyók is Director of the United States Air Force Negotiation Center and Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Air War College. His research interests include military education and training in conflict analysis and transformation, negotiating with religious actors in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconciliation, and Joint Civil-Military Interaction.  Full Biography
  • Dr. Thomas G. Matyók

    Dr. Stefan Eisen Jr., Colonel (ret) USAF

    Professor of Research

    Dr. Eisen is the founding Director of the Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC), Maxwell AFB, AL and currently serves as the Professor of Research for the Center. He is the past Air War College Dean of Academics and retired from the USAF in 2006 after 30 years of active duty service.  Full Biography
  • Mr. Hank V. Finn

    Chief of Training

    Mr. Finn has over 30 years of experience with the Air Force. As a career Operations Intelligence Officer, he served at all levels from Wing Intel Chief to Air Chief of a North Atlantic Air Defense Intelligence Division. As a MAJCOM Chief of Intelligence Inspections Division, he authored numerous joint, coalition, and special operations exercises throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.  Full Biography
  • Mr. Paul Firman

    Mr. Paul J. Firman

    Chief, Dispute Resolution Education and Training

    Mr. Paul J. Firman is the Chief, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Education &Training at the Air Force Negotiation Center, Maxwell AFB, AL. He directly supports Air Force Chief of Staff Guidance to improve conflict resolution skills by ensuring relevant education and training programs are designed, developed, and delivered to the Total Force.  Full Biography
  • Mr. Richard P. Barbour

    Chief, Professional Continuing Education

    Mr. Richard Barbour is the Chief, Professional Continuing Education (PCE) at the Air Force Negotiation Center (AFNC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama. Designs, develops, implements, and manages Education and Training Programs for negotiation and mediation related curricula for the AFNC. Manages and administers Instructional Systems Design (ISD) Programs and Quality Control Process for the Total Force development of a range of Alternative Dispute Resolution Tools.  Full Biography
  • Mr. David O’Meara

    Education Consultant

    Mr. David O'Meara is a Sole Proprietor and independent education and teaching consultant to the Air University’s Air Force Negotiation Center and the Air Force Culture and Language Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1982 and also graduated with honors from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas with a Master of Arts in American History.  Full Biography

Organization

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Chief of Professional Military Education/Professor of Research ..... 6095
Chief of Training .............................................................................. 9022
Chief of Professional Continuing Education .................................... 6675
Chief of Dispute Resolution ............................................................. 8003
Professional Military Education Instructor ....................................... 9544
Dispute Resolution Instructor/Developer ......................................... 4656
Executive Support ........................................................................... 6671
Assessments ................................................................................... 6675
Graphic Design/Website Administrator ........................................... 8791
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