International Professional Continuing Education

Air University supports U.S. national security goals by conducting international activities that further coalition warfighting capability, enhance collective security and regional stability, and fosters building international partnerships. International Professional Continuing Education (I-PCE) is one of the avenues that accomplish the strategy.  Please view the courses below that Air University Offers to our international partners.


*This is not an all inclusive list, so if you have a question about international participation/eligibility for a course that is not listed here; please contact AU's International Affairs for more information:

**Some courses have a pre-requisites; please contact AU's International Affairs for more information:

***View our brochure for a consolidated list: 


Joint Air Operations Planning Course (JAOPC)

MASL#: D171029 (Maxwell, AFB)

Description: JAOPC is a 9-day Professional Continuing Education course sponsored by HAF/A5SP. The objective of the course is to educate Airmen from joint or supporting air component commands in the fundamental concepts, principles, and doctrine required to develop the air portion of a joint/combined campaign plan. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the joint planning process for air (JPPA) at the operational level of warfare with a comprehension of Service force presentation capabilities and their contribution to the joint air operation. Students gain an understanding of the JFACC's roles, planning responsibilities, fundamental concepts, and principles. Graduates will comprehend key adversary capabilities and strategies in an Integrated Deterrence (ID) scenario, and demonstrate the ability to articulate a joint vision for Joint All Domain Operations solutions. The target audience for JAOPC is officers in the grades of O-3 to O-5, civilian equivalents, and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers by exception. JAOPC also accepts Sister Service Officers and Guard/Reserve Officers. Students must have a Secret security clearance properly showing Secret US access in Defense Information System for Security (DISS).

Contingency Wartime planning Course (CWPC)

Description: The Contingency Wartime Planning course (CWPC) is a two week planning course that educates Airmen in grades E-5 through O-5 in the art and science of contingency war planning. The course provides a macro view of the contingency and execution planning processes from both the joint and DAF perspectives. Other topics covered include unit readiness assessment, mobilization, expeditionary site planning, and command relationships.


Defense Financial Management Course (DFMC)

DFMC is an advanced level course designed to educate financial managers who already have extensive experience working in DoD financial management and who have completed higher level education. Specifically, students should be DoD GS-12 through GS-15s (or equivalent) with at least ten years of financial management experience (target less than 15 years) and a bachelor’s degree; or financial management officers O-4/O-5s between 10-15 years of time in service (or officers accepted to the Department of the Air Force Financial Management Leadership Program); or financial management enlisted members E-8s with no more than 20 years of service who have a higher level degree.


Combined Forces Air Component Commander's Course (CFACC) 

PURPOSE: Prepare Service Chief-selected general officers from all six Services and International Services for theater-level functional air component command. It is tailored to provide our future CFACCs with a broad perspective of the operational and strategic levels of war.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Approximately 17 one- and two-star officers in the following mix: six US Air Force/US Space Force, two US Army, two US Navy, two US Marine Corps, and five allied flag officers from the selected region of focus. Six-day course offered three times per year in residence.

BACKGROUND: Present course evolved from the Joint Force Air Component Commander Course. Four Services signed the initial Memorandum of Understanding in March 1997. The first class was conducted in February 1998. This course receives significant aid from the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, FL to include curriculum coordination and lesson instruction.

CURRICULUM: Focus is on basic organization and processes internal to a Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) and working in a joint and coalition environment. Course content includes: senior level leadership, warfighting, military doctrine, and application of joint and combined air combat forces designed as preparation for future crises. Instruction for the course comes from senior national-level civilian and military representatives, combatant commanders and retired battle-tested officers. Since October 2021, each course has a different regional focus: Pacific, Europe, and Middle East.

METHODOLOGY: 70% lecture, 30% discussion; approximately 40 speakers.

Point of Contact:
LeMay Center Flag Officer Division
Phone: (334) 953-5101


Senior Joint Information Operations Application Course (SJIOAC)

PURPOSE: Prepare Service Chief-selected general officers of all Services and civilian equivalents to integrate Information Related Capabilities into the Joint Planning Process, enabling Commanders to target adversary decision-making while protecting their own.

BACKGROUND: As a result of the 1994 Information Warfare Summit, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force directed Air Education and Training Command to develop formal courses of instruction for the then emerging field of Information Warfare (IW). Air University's College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education developed the Senior Information Warfare Applications Course (SIWAC) in 1997. As IW and Information Operations (IO) evolved, SIWAC eventually changed into its current form: SJIOAC. SJIOAC is the DOD's only joint, flag-level IO course.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Approximately 17 one- and two-star flag officers in the following mix: five US Air Force/US Space Force, five US Army, three US Navy, two US Marine Corps and two SES civilians. Any unfilled slots will be made available to the other services. Five-day course offered twice per year in residence.

CURRICULUM: Course content includes: overview of the Joint Planning Process; Information Related Capabilities; military doctrine; and application of joint, combined, and inter-agency IO. Instruction for the course comes from senior, national-level civilian and military representatives, combatant commanders and retired battle-tested officers, to include senior mentors at the three-star level. Learning involves a combination of informal lecture, interactive seminar discussion, demonstration, and case studies. Attendees will gain a common framework for understanding and valuing IO, and the necessary law, policies and procedures which allow planning and integration of IO into the joint fight.

METHODOLOGY: 75% lecture, 25% discussion; approximately 30 speakers.

Point of Contact:
LeMay Center Flag Officer Division
Phone: (334) 953-5101