Course Overview

The Advanced Air Power Course (AAPC) is designed to give students an understanding of air power theory and doctrine that complements and enhances the training provided through the Air Force’s Professional Military Education and Training continuum. The aim of the AAPC is to extend the Combat Mastery (air power) of personnel who have already developed an understanding of air power fundamentals. 

During the course of 13 weekly seminars, students’ existing knowledge on air power is questioned and challenged, and they are encouraged to express opinions on each of the topics. Air power topics range from World War I to current operations in Afghanistan and Libya, and conclude with a discussion of air power into the future. The course is particularly suitable for those members who have already spent some time in the Royal Australian Air Force (typically a minimum of five to ten years) and are seeking to supplement their understanding of air power.

The course is a distance course conducted via the internet. The AAPC is conducted over a period of 18 weeks. The first 13 weeks consist of programmed reading and participation, via web-based discussions, in collective on-line analysis of the weekly topics. Students must make active, well-considered contributions to these discussions. During the final five weeks of the course, students prepare and submit a 3000 word essay. Completing the essay at the end of the course allows students to apply the knowledge they gained over the preceding 13 weeks.

The essay and participation in on-line discussions are assessed and students must obtain a pass in both components to pass the course. A commitment of approximately eight hours per week is required for reading course material and participating in on-line discussions. 

Eligibility

The course is open to all ADF WOFF, O4 or O5 officers, and ADO public service APS 4 to EL1. Priority will be given to RAAF Warrant Officers and O4 officers identified to attend Australian Command and Staff College. Several positions are also allocated to foreign serving military personnel. Expressions of interest from Navy and Army members are welcomed as the inclusion of representatives from other Services ensures that air power is discussed from a joint perspective, which is a critical aspect of understanding the ADF’s air power capabilities. Participation by other Service’s members also balances the course and enhances the achievement of course objectives by improving the mutual understanding of all Services’ capabilities that is essential in operations. 

Note: Completion of the Basic and Intermediate Air Power Course is not a pre-requisite for the Advanced Air Power Course however it highly recommended.

Applying to do AAPC

The AAPC is generally conducted twice each year (February/March to June and July/August to November), with a call for nominations advertised at least six weeks before course starts. Check out the calendar for future dates.

AN INTRODUCTION TO AIR POWER

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of air power and is open to serving members of the Australian Defence Organisation (ADF and APS).

The intent of the Basic Air Power Course is for the student to understand the fundamental concepts of air power. It is not designed to define the merits of one aircraft type over another but to put into context how airborne systems are used within the security framework of the government.

The significant advantage of this course is that it is conducted through a web-based bulletin board (password protected) which means that it can be completed by students in their own time on any home computer.

 COURSE OUTLINE

The basic course assumes that students have limited previous knowledge of air power. The course involves reading 6 short essays grouped into lessons and answering a few questions drawn from the lessons. The culminating task will draw together the threads of the course into summarising air power. Below is a summary of each lesson.

Week 1: Course Admin

Week 2, Air Power Characteristics and Roles, and Creating a Balanced Air Force

Week 3, Control of the Air

Week 4, Strike

Week 5, ISR and Critical Enablers

Week 6, Air Mobility

Week 7, The Air Campaign

REGISTRATION

If you are interested in undertaking this course please review the URL - http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/Courses



Course Overview

The Advanced Air Power Course (AAPC) is designed to give students an understanding of air power theory and doctrine that complements and enhances the training provided through the Air Force’s Professional Military Education and Training continuum. The aim of the AAPC is to extend the Combat Mastery (air power) of personnel who have already developed an understanding of air power fundamentals. 

During the course of 13 weekly seminars, students’ existing knowledge on air power is questioned and challenged, and they are encouraged to express opinions on each of the topics. Air power topics range from World War I to current operations in Afghanistan and Libya, and conclude with a discussion of air power into the future. The course is particularly suitable for those members who have already spent some time in the Royal Australian Air Force (typically a minimum of five to ten years) and are seeking to supplement their understanding of air power.

The course is a distance course conducted via the internet. The AAPC is conducted over a period of 18 weeks. The first 13 weeks consist of programmed reading and participation, via web-based discussions, in collective on-line analysis of the weekly topics. Students must make active, well-considered contributions to these discussions. During the final five weeks of the course, students prepare and submit a 3000 word essay. Completing the essay at the end of the course allows students to apply the knowledge they gained over the preceding 13 weeks.

The essay and participation in on-line discussions are assessed and students must obtain a pass in both components to pass the course. A commitment of approximately eight hours per week is required for reading course material and participating in on-line discussions. 

Eligibility

The course is open to all ADF WOFF, O4 or O5 officers, and ADO public service APS 4 to EL1. Priority will be given to RAAF Warrant Officers and O4 officers identified to attend Australian Command and Staff College. Several positions are also allocated to foreign serving military personnel. Expressions of interest from Navy and Army members are welcomed as the inclusion of representatives from other Services ensures that air power is discussed from a joint perspective, which is a critical aspect of understanding the ADF’s air power capabilities. Participation by other Service’s members also balances the course and enhances the achievement of course objectives by improving the mutual understanding of all Services’ capabilities that is essential in operations. 

Note: Completion of the Basic and Intermediate Air Power Course is not a pre-requisite for the Advanced Air Power Course however it highly recommended.

Applying to do AAPC

The AAPC is generally conducted twice each year (February/March to June and July/August to November), with a call for nominations advertised at least six weeks before course starts. Check out the calendar for future dates.