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About the AU Press

What is the Air University Press?

Air University Press (AUP) is part of Air University's (AU) Academic Services and is the open-access publisher for AU and the US Air Force. Since 1953, it has edited, published, and distributed over 1.1 million student papers, curriculum texts, faculty research pieces, journals, and scholarly books to further thought critical to the intellectual growth of the Air Force. 

Air University General Order No. 54, 28 September 1953, brought AU Press into being to support the mission of AU. The press was chartered to publish significant contributions of research and scholarship in the Air University, the USAF, and other sources... [and] to enhance the academic prestige and support the accreditation of the Air University.

Our journal products include the Air & Space Power Journal, the flagship professional publication of the US Air Force. We also produce Strategic Studies Quarterly, a forum for strategic-level discussions about national and international security policies and evolving defense strategies. Additional publications include the Journal of the Americas (JotA) and Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs (JIPA). JotA is a forum for original research articles and review articles seeking to stimulate professional dialogue on Air and Space Power among the members of the Armed Forces of the Americas, historians, professors, and the general public. JIPA is a forum for worldwide dialogue regarding the Indo–Pacific region, spanning from the west coasts of the Americas to the eastern shores of Africa and covering much of Asia and all of Oceania. These editions are published quarterly in print and electronic format.

In 1997 the press placed its first publications online. On 3 January 2003, the press launched a redesigned website in celebration of its 50th year. In its first half-century, the press distributed approximately 500,000 publications. Just in the last 10 years, the press distributed over 600,000 books by capitalizing on new technologies to help warfighters understand air and space power. As the new millennium progresses, our project editors, copy editors, illustrators, marketing specialists, and typesetters will continue striving to meet the research, curriculum, and scholarly needs of Air University's schools and faculty members. Our future goals include further developing the electronic publishing process, streamlining the publication and distribution of books, journals, and research papers.

Air University Press is a proud member of the Association of University Presses. We are part of a community of publishing professionals and institutions committed to the highest caliber of research-based scholarship and advocate for the fundamental role of scholarly publishing in achieving academic excellence and cultivating and disseminating knowledge.


Is the bookstore currently open?

The AU Press bookstore is currently open.  View our current hours: AUP Bookstore Hours.

Where is the bookstore? 

The AUP Bookstore is in the front lobby area of the Air University Library, Building 1405 on Maxwell AFB.  View Directions: Directions to AUP 

Please note that you must be able to access to Maxwell AFB or be sponsored by an individual to visit the bookstore.

Do I have to be at Maxwell to receive the free publications?

All AU Press publications are online and free to download from our website:

Print copies of AU Press publications are available at no cost to active duty, total force, retired military. libraries and research centers, and Department of Defense personnel and organizations. To order print publications, e-mail or call 334-953-2773 (DSN 493). Please refer to the AU Press code number at the end of the full publication synopsis (e.g., B-155, CPP-2, AU-2). Please note, some publications are only available in electronic format.

Do you have "The Little Brown Book"? 

It is not our publication. AFI 36-2618, Enlisted Force Structure, is commonly called "The Little Brown Book." AFIs and many other Department of the Air Force publications such as AFH 33-337, The Tongue and Quill, are available from Air Force e-Publishing.

Can you send me copies of The Military Commander and the Law?

The Military Commander and the Law is available from The Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Can I order Air Force doctrine documents (AFDD)? 

AU Press does not publish AFDDs. They are available through the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education.



What kinds of publications does AU Press publish?

We publish texts on airpower, space power, and cyber power for national security. More specifically, we are interested in the kinds of topics in the Air University Research Topics List.

How can I publish with AU Press? 

Please refer to AU-1, Air University Style and Author Guide, page 199, the "Air University Press Author Guide." The author's guide contains information about AU Press policies and procedures.

I am not in the Air Force, but I have a manuscript I'd like to submit. Would it be considered? 


Can you publish my paper even though it has been published before?

Under certain conditions. Please contact AU Press at

Are all your authors in the military?

No. Knowledgeable civilian authors are welcome to submit manuscripts for consideration. The Publications Review Board decides which book manuscripts we publish.

Do all your authors attend school at Maxwell?




Can you provide books on the CSAF Reading List?

Most books on the chief of staff's reading list come from commercial publishing houses. Copies are available from booksellers and in libraries.

I'm getting ready to enroll in ACSC or AWC. Can you send me the course books?

You will need to contact ACSC/AWC about course books.

I lost my course books during my last move. I remember getting most of them from you. Can you replace them for me?

AU Press publications are available as PDFs from our website.

Do you have the books I will need for PME?

Please contact the schools. If any AU Press books are on their lists, you can download PDF copies from our website.

I would like to obtain the Strategic Studies Quarterly.

Please visit the Strategic Studies Quarterly website. or email

I would like to obtain the Air & Space Power Journal.

Please visit the Air & Space Power Journal website or email

I would like to obtain the Journal of the Americas.

Please visit the Journal of the Americas website or email

I would like to obtain the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs.

Please visit the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs website or email

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