The War Department established the Air War College (AWC) in 1946 at what was called Maxwell Field, Alabama—now it’s Maxwell Air Force Base. The AWC has operated continuously since then except for a six-month period during the Korean conflict.

The AWC resident program class membership includes officers from each US military services, civilian  employees of federal government agencies, and officers from the international community. All US students are dually enrolled in the AWC senior-level professional military education (PME) program and the Master of Strategic Studies degree program; therefore, they must meet admission requirements for the master’s degree. The AWC PME program is accredited for joint professional military education (JPME) phase II as defined for senior level colleges in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI) 1800.01E, Officer Professional Military Education Policy. International Fellows who qualify for entry in the AWC program are enrolled in the AWC senior level PME program and may choose to apply for admission to the Master of Strategic Studies degree program. As the senior Air Force PME school, AWC annually educates about 245 resident students from all US military services, federal agencies, and international fellows from 45 nations.

The Air War College online program is part of the eGraduate School at Air University.

Key Tasks

  1. The AWC prepares senior officers to lead at the strategic level across the range of military operations, in joint, interagency, and multinational environments.
  2. We develop senior joint leaders who can successfully master the cross-domains of air, space, and cyberspace and offer strategic contributions to national security.
  3. We create strategic officers who can advance innovative thought on national security issues.


Educate senior military and civilian teammates to serve as critical and strategic thinkers able to serve as national security senior leaders.


The foremost college for air, space, and cyberspace education and thought–preparing the world’s best joint senior leaders.

The Air University Library

The Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center is a rich resource for research. They offer guides to writing and citation, links to books on writing and citation, to citation generators, and downloads for those program. reviews. The connection the library provides to online databases is world class and should be consulted for any and all research projects. Starting with Google or Yahoo is a just that, a start--every research project must go beyond that and our library fills that gap. In addition, the library creates guides for research on specific subjects, such as Space Debris. Students and faculty can work with our AWC librarian to create library guides for topics they will be researching.

The Air University Teaching and Learning Center

The Air University (AU) Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is the focal point for activities related to the enhancement of teaching and learning at AU. Our mission includes resources, expertise, guidance and facilities to increase the ability of faculty to teach and students to learn. The TLC advances the AF Continuum of Learning and promotes an environment that encourages active learning across all of AU. The scope of the TLC includes all AU faculty and students in any resident, distance-learning or blended-learning courses or programs along with any airmen who may take advantage of our online resources to enhance their lifelong learning. The TLC is located on the 2nd floor of the Fairchild Research & Information Center at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery AL. Check their web site for lists of events and training: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/TLC/.

 Faculty Support

  • Lessons and presentations promoting faculty expertise and teaching skills
  • Indexed archive of online materials (articles, videos, examples, templates, and other) enhancing faculty development
  • Research, assess and provide books, articles, media and services targeted at faculty and curriculum development
  • Identify and conduct events as described below with specific focus on faculty development
  • Upon request provide informal assessments of AU faculty teaching effectiveness

 Student Learning

  • Identify, create and publish lessons, articles, applications and presentations to enhance students’ study and learning skills
  • Provide lessons or methods to improve reading, memorizing, test taking, writing, researching and communicating
  • Offer general tutoring and scaffolding to enhance students’ learning skills

Writing Commons

  • Operate a Writing Commons that provides academic writing support for all of AU
  • Maintain a Writing Lab with lessons and tutoring for resident students
  • Publish an Online Writing Lab with resources and services for non-resident students
  • Deliver presentations and workshops designed to enhance student writing skills and faculty expertise with regard to writing

Technology Training

  • Provide training classes, events and resources for learning technology products appropriate to AU
  • Conduct multimedia (video, audio, & graphics) training for using technology in AU curriculum and classrooms
  • Maintain digital products and multimedia equipment to support learning technology training and research
  • Publish online learning technology training resources enhance faculty skills and curriculum development methods

Technology Research

  • Identify, promote and aid implementation of new educational technologies appropriate for AU
  • Provide opportunities for AU faculty to use and experience new learning technology products and techniques
  • Collaborate with organizations and universities outside AU to discover best practices and policies for enabling learning technology


  • Classroom – seating for 20-25 students, updated AV
  • Small Auditorium – presentation space, seating for 60, updated audio visual
  • Idea Lab – Reconfigurable classroom for projects and collaboration (Surface Hub)
  • Media Lab – Equipped to support training and research of learning technology applicable to AU
  • Café – Social meeting space with tables and kitchen facilities
  • Study spaces for individuals, small groups and tutoring

The Air War College has educated tens of thousands of officers since it began offering senior professional military education in Academic Year 1947 in residence and then via distance learning. Under the history tab on this web site, you’ll find an essay by former professor at the Air War College, Dr. Jim Mowbray, who was instrumental in keeping alumni connected for years and the Alumni Association Faculty Adviser. His essay was published as part of a fairly comprehensive list of alumni in 2007 which included an alphabetical directory of phone numbers, addresses, and emails for as many students as could be found. The hardbound book was further divided into lists of students per class and by geographic regions, including countries for our international fellows. The last section was divided into current/most recent professions. The only thing missing was a directory for faculty!

We have some catching up to do for alumni from 2007 forward, but it’s now a mission. While we work from our end, alums have begun a LinkedIn site to get connected: Air War College LinkedIn. Please link in via that site and get connected to alumni. 

In 1946, the Air War College welcomed its first students. In 1947, we graduated our first class and began the long tradition of creating AWC alumni. And every year since we’ve proudly been educating and graduating our senior officer and civilian students (even when war cut the year short). Our alumni go on to take places on the global stage as strategic leaders in military service, in government, education, or business.

Our latest graduates are from all military services and from over 44 countries around the world as well as many US government agencies. Our graduates moved from the AWC last year into command positions all over the globe, to international agencies, and to prestigious appointments—continuing the tradition of AWCD graduate student success.

The Air War College is proud to work with multiple centers from which world-class faculty may be drawn for core and elective courses. Many of these centers also direct research task forces dedicated to focused research topics for combatant or functional commands, including the Chief of the Air Force.

Air Force Cyber College

Create concepts, theory, strategies and force development support for national cyber endeavors.

Air Force Negotiation Center

Focused on ensuring today's military understands Conflict Transformation, through Engaged-Leadership, as a force development activity that occurs on multiple levels, from the tactical to the strategic, and in varying spaces, from the workplace to the battlefield.

USAF Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies

Develop Air Force, DoD, and other USG leaders to advance the state of knowledge, policy, and practices within strategic defense issues involving nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

USAF Center for Strategy and Technology

Focused on education, research, and publications that support the integration of technology into national strategy and policy.

USAF Culture and Language Center

The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) was founded at Air University in April 2006, embracing the Air Force Chief of Staff's intention to improve Airmen's cross-cultural competence. In April 2007, the Air Force further demonstrated its commitment to culture learning by selecting cross-cultural competence as the centerpiece of Air University's re-accreditation efforts.

In December 2007, the Center was made responsible for culture and language training, as well as education, across the entire Air Force. In October 2009, the Air Force Senior Language Authority directed AFCLC to initiate the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP), a career-spanning program to develop a cadre of Airmen across all specialties with working-level foreign language proficiency.

AFCLC's efforts are guided by Air Force Policy Directive 36-40 and Air Force Instruction 36-4005, as well as numerous Joint guidance documents.

Mission:  To provide competitively selected, highly qualified field-grade Air Force officers and their civilian counterparts an in-depth education in national security policy through assignments to a distinguished civilian institute or placement in a key government agency or department.

The Air Force Fellows program plays a major role in contributing ideas for enhancing national security and assuring the continuing effectiveness of the United States Air Force.


•  Strategic Communication:  Solidify relationships w/ civilian academic & policy communities

•   Broaden & develop senior leader competencies:  Network w/other Fellows:  OSD/Interagencies/Academia

•  Evaluate national & international security policy & processes: 
    1)  Analyze current scholarly perspectives on defense policy & strategy issues and
    2)  Analyze future technologies critical in the implementation of strategic US/coalition warfare capabilities

For more information, please see the Air Force Fellows web page.



Anderson Hall, Building 1401
325 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

 AWC Student Operations (Resident Program)

  • Phone: (334) 953-5190 (Note: this phone number is unable to provide assistance for Distance Learning inquiries.  See below.)
  • DSN: 493-5190
  • Email: awc.studentops@us.af.mil

AWC Director, Mission Support

  • (334) 953-6800

AWC Director, Academic Support/Scheduling

  • (334) 953-2399

National Security Forum

  •  Phone: (334) 953-6580
  • Fax: (334) 953-2336
  • Email: awc.nsf.workflow@us.af.mil


AWC Distance Learning (eSchool of Graduate PME)

  1. Please submit a help ticket at:  https://auservicedesk.af.edu
  2. In unable to submit a help ticket, please email the eSchool at: ACSC.eSchool.Operations@us.af.mil

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