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.
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/.
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 AWC 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.
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/Inter-agencies/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)
AWC Director, Mission Support
AWC Director, Academic Support/Scheduling
National Security Forum
AWC Distance Learning (eSchool of Graduate PME)
Air University Registrar Web Site
Air University Contact Us