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Students at the Air War College write professional studies research papers over the course of 10 months’ residence. These papers address questions raised by strategic leaders in across all military services and many government agencies. Students typically have an authentic audience for their work, a 2-star or 3-star General who wants answers to questions directly connected to their functional or combatant command. Some services also publish lists of areas for research that are related to national security. The War Colleges—Army, Navy, and Air—as well as other JPMEII schools, share these lists with all students to help guide research.
At the Air War College, we also have multiple research task forces which study questions and develop research answers for specific leaders. Our research task forces, housed at the Air War College* and at Air Command and Staff College, include the following:
Other two-term research task forces include the Cyber Studies and Deterrence Studies Task Forces.
The Air War College, in conjunction with noted partners (list below), award students who have done outstanding research over the course of the academic year. Students must be nominated by faculty for an award. Then a panel of faculty assemble to read every nominated paper and rank them to determine a winner in each category. Faculty from every department are involved in the process.
Best paper on airpower research, advocacy, legacy, and history. AWC Faculty
The purpose of this competition is to stimulate thinking about national defense and military strategy, promote well-written research, and contribute to a broader security debate among professionals. AWC nominated, CJCS
Lt Col Jennifer H. Garrison, USAF
This category is similar in length to many current JPME course papers. It should be a scholarly but tightly focused research paper. AWC nominated, CJCS
Recognizes the best AWC Professional Studies Paper that critically analyzes and offers strategic level insights into the significance or impact of culture on any aspect of Airmen’s work (such as strategic thinking, planning, doctrine development, analysis, operations, diplomacy, advising, partnership building and/or other related issues. CLC
Col Brendan Cook, Royal Canadian Air Force
Outstanding research and thought concerning regional/cultural issues pertinent to foreign area officers. Foreign Area Officer Association
Col Thaddeus D. Fineran, ARNG
Lt Col W. Lance Blanco, ARNG in GSS
Lt Col Jonathan Burdick, USAF
Terry Mobley, US Department of State