It's Time for the Basic Airpower School
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The United States Air Forces performance over the last 48 years has been remarkably good. We all have a good understanding of what we do individually and at least some feeling for what the Air Force does as an institution. But, we dont do a very good job of teaching all our line officers what the core competencies of The Air Force are. Weve become a collection of specialists. The way we train our officers today tends to reinforce our ideas of specialization and fractionalization. To solve this, this paper proposes a six-month long, permanent change of station school at Maxwell Air Force Base called The Basic Airpower School. Its purpose would be to develop airminded officers who could articulate the core competencies of the United States Air Force. This school would take place after commissioning and before specialization training of all line second lieutenants. The Basic Airpower School would be a 1,000 hour 125 training days program with instruction in the following areas History and theory of air power and doctrine Core values Space Operations Information Warfare Air Superiority Deep Attack Global Strike Air Mobility Flight Commanders Course Two week field training exercise Wargaming exercise and finally, flying training through solo for all second lieutenants not attending undergraduate pilot or navigator training. Graduates would be airminded officers able to articulate our Air Forces core competencies.
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