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Course Number and Title Semester Hours
PC1100 Academic Prep(P/F) Non-Credit
EL6000 Elective Term I 2
EL6000 Elective Term III 2
RE6100 Research 5
LD6200 Strategic Leadership and the Profession of Arms 3
NS6300 National Security and Decision Making 3
FS6400 Foundation of Strategy 5
WF6501 Airpower, Innovation and the Future 2
WF6502 Theater Strategy and Campaigning 4
RS6600 Regional Security Studies 4
GS6700 Global Security 3
WG6800 Global Challenge Wargame 2
Total 35

 

Admission is restricted to those in military service, federal government employees, or international fellows who are chosen to undertake this work as in-resident students at Maxwell, AFB.

Electives

All students within the regular curriculum must complete six semester hours in the electives program. The electives program has the following objectives:

  • Enhance and complement the core curriculum by providing opportunities to achieve greater depth and breadth of understanding in issues of special interest.
  • Provide the AWC curriculum with the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes in the international and domestic security environments.
  • Inspire and enable faculty and students to pursue specialized research.

Professional Studies Paper (PSP)

The research requirement is designed to allow students to perform in-depth critical analysis on a subject of U.S. national security interest. The research process provides the opportunity to improve student argumentation and expression skills while creating products that address strategic and operational issues and topics vital to the national security community and its senior leadership. For successful completion of the research requirement, students must produce a professional studies paper (PSP) in accordance with college standards. Most research will be conducted as an individual effort, but the AWC may offer selected students the opportunity to complete this requirement via a faculty-led group research project. The research course has the following objectives:

  • Develop student analysis and evaluation skills through the process of inquiry and investigation.
  • Provide students the opportunity to conduct research and to formulate ideas in a written form that is clear, coherent, and rational.
  • Conduct research that is current, relevant, and responsive to the needs of the national security community and that contributes to solving problems faced by U.S. and other national government agencies (Department of Defense, Department of State, Ministries of Defense).
  • Share the results of student research with key decision-makers.
  • Generate a student research product that is suitable for publishing in a professional journal.

International Fellows Field Studies

This course falls under the AWC Regional Security Studies program and is structured to enhance the educational and cultural experience of AWC international students, and to support Department of Defense Field Studies objectives for international military students by assisting AWC International Fellows in gaining a balanced understanding of US society, institutions, and goals. The course builds on the AWC curriculum by exposing International Fellows to US military operations, training, organization, equipment, and facilities during a series of major field studies trips. Trip durations range from 3 to 13 days. The AWC Field Studies Program exposes students to leadership and management techniques and concepts used in military, government, and industrial environments; and provides students the opportunity to interact with senior level commanders, managers, and executives within and outside the US government.

Regional Security Studies (RSS)

The Regional Security Studies (RSS) course is an integral part of the curriculum, preparing senior leaders to evaluate the political, military, economic, cultural, and security issues within a particular region. The RSS course provides students the opportunity to evaluate an area of the world where a unified combatant commander must implement the national military strategy in support of US security policy. The RSS course provides the opportunity for students to gain unique perspectives by studying and visiting regions all over the world. During the spring term, students complete 30 classroom hours (10 instructional periods) of focused academic preparation. The regional security study allows students to discuss security policy issues with senior political, military, cultural, and academic leaders. Logistics, administrative preparation, and travel planning for the regional field research is accomplished throughout the academic year.

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Course Number and Title Semester Hours
PC1150 Academic Prep(P/F) Non-Credit
EL6100 Research 5
LD6250 GSS Strategic Leadership and the Profession of Arms 3
FS6540 Grand Strategy 8
FS6455 Grand Strategy Field Studies 3
WF6550 Design and Execution 6
RS6600 Regional Security Studies 4
GS6750 Global Security 3
WG6581 Anarchic Venture Exercise 2
EX6950 Comprehensive Oral Exam (letter grade) 1
Total 35

 

Students selected to the Grand Strategy Concentration (GSC) seek a deeper understanding of the development and implementation of grand strategy than is attained through the regular curriculum. The concentration examines the historical practice of strategic art, the challenges of leadership and innovation at the strategic level, the relationship between the military instrument of power and national political objectives, and the interplay of global and regional security trends. Those selected for this concentration are degree-eligible students and complete all courses required for the Master of Strategic Study. The GSC is a volunteer concentration of approximately 12 students forming a separate seminar at the beginning of the academic year. As such, the GSC curriculum is tailored from the core to more deeply explore strategy and strategic leadership. However, the GSC course of study offers unique engagement opportunities with current and former military and civilian senior leaders and GSC-only field studies trips enrich student understanding of the GSC curriculum. Interested officers are encouraged to speak with faculty members associated with the program, but those officers with prior experience at strategic-level assignments, who have completed an Advanced Studies Group school and/or who have well-developed writing and critical-thinking skills are encouraged to apply. The AWC commandant will approve all selections for GSC enrollment. Course descriptions for the GSC follow the regular concentration course descriptions.

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Note: All courses must be taken in residence at AWC. Courses taken in the distance-learning program may not be used to satisfy course requirements of the resident master’s degree or diploma.

Course Number and Title Semester Hours
JW6500 Warfare Course (Strategy/Leadership/Operational Art) 11
JW6600 Warfighting Course (War Application/Joint Fires/JLASS-SP Exercise) 6
RS6600 Regional Security Studies 4
JW6700 European Theater of Operations Studies 3
RE6100 Research (Directed PSP) 5
NS6300 National Strategic Decision Making 3
GS6700 Global Security 3
EX6952 Comprehensive Oral Examination 1
Total 35

 

This seminar concentration educates joint leaders in national strategy and integrated joint-campaigning with a focus on contemporary near-peer and future great power environments. Through this course, students will study historical vignettes and participate in interactive-exercises and field studies that highlight the art and science of war by connecting lessons from past wars to the competition continuum and future great power conflicts. Joint Warrior Studies Seminar graduates are able to plan, organize and lead all-domain, large-scale joint campaigns and operations, making them well-appointed to serve as future Joint Task Force Commanders and Joint Task Force Staff Officers.

Click here for the Air War College Resident Catalog for Academic Year 2019-2020.

Note: All courses must be taken in residence at AWC. Courses taken in the distance-learning program may not be used to satisfy course requirements of the resident master’s degree or diploma.

 

All Air War College (AWC) students within the regular curriculum must complete four semester hours in the electives program. Electives enhance and complement the core curriculum by providing students with opportunities to achieve greater depth and breadth of understanding in issues of special interest and provide the AWC curriculum with the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes in international and domestic security environments. Some of these electives, along with some of the electives offered by Air Command and Staff College, will be opened up to allow for participation from students both from AWC and ACSC.

Elective offerings vary upon the needs expressed by the National Defense Strategy and the input by the leaders of the USAF and our own leadership at the AWC and Air University. The electives listed below are NOT all offered in the course of one year. Many will be repeated more than once in a year, some only offered every other year or as needed.

Click here for the Air War College Resident Catalog for Academic Year 2019-2020, and here for the Air War College Electives Catalog.