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CADRE's professional education opportunities for USAF, joint, and allied war fighters.

SCIENTIA EST POTENTIA (knowledge is power) is as true today as when it was first expressed. Joint Vision 2020, which calls for our armed forces to seek full-spectrum dominance in any given situation, states, "Attaining that goal requires the steady infusion of new technology and modernization and replacement of equipment. However, material superiority alone is not sufficient. Of greater importance is the development of doctrine, organizations, training and education, leaders, and people that effectively take advantage of the technology." (1) That is, fancy gadgets are nice, but technology will not achieve full-spectrum dominance without knowledgeable people. Professional continuing education can bridge that gap.

Air University's College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education (CADRE) assists in the development, analysis, and war gaming of the concepts, doctrine, and strategy of air, space, and cyberspace power. It also provides education to Air Force and joint communities on war fighting at the operational and strategic levels through research, war gaming, and military-education courses; additionally, it prepares flag Officers from all military services for leadership positions in the joint war-fighting environment. CADRE's Warfare Studies Institute offers the Contingency Wartime Planning Course (CWPC), Joint Air Operations Planning Course (JAOPC), Information Warfare Applications Course (IWAC), and three online doctrine-education courses to eligible US and allied personnel. These courses develop leaders capable of serving in and leading joint and combined military operations in the twenty-first century.

The CWPC educates war fighters in the fundamentals of deliberate and crisis-action planning with emphasis on developing and executing contingency plans in all functional areas. This two-week course for Air Force war planners in grades E-5 through O-5 and their civilian equivalents has the overall objective of preparing planners to serve on planning staffs at every level. It provides an overview of the joint operational-planning processes (deliberate, crisis-action, and campaign planning), national strategy and war, command relationships, and strategic mobility, as well as training in functional-area management. In addition, amongst the 38 topics covered, the CWPC provides basic knowledge about the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System, force planning, USAF doctrine, base-level deployment, readiness-assessment systems, time-phased force and deployment data, and base-support planning.

The two-week JAOPC educates war fighters from joint, combined, or supporting air-component commands in the fundamental concepts, principles, and doctrine required to develop the air portion of a joint/combined campaign plan. Students include Officers in grades O-2 to O-6 and civilian equivalents. Noncommissioned officers in intelligence and space career fields, international Officers, sister-service Officers, and National Guard and Reserve Officers may also attend. The six-phase joint air-estimate process from Joint Publication 3-30, Command and Control for Joint Air Operations, serves as the foundation of the course. (2) Lectures on USAF doctrine, joint planning, logistics, legal issues, intelligence, air operations centers, and the joint warfare analysis center teach students to think and plan at the operational level of war. A senior USAF general who has served as a combined force air component commander (CFACC) briefs students on CFACC perspectives. The students learn and practice basic skills, including intelligence preparation of the battlespace, development of joint force air component commander (JFACC) mission statements, center-of-gravity analysis, course of action (COA) development, risk analysis, COA selection methodology, and development of a joint air operations plan. The course culminates with students presenting their plan to a simulated JFACC.

The IWAC educates war fighters in the fundamentals of Air Force information operations (IO) doctrine and provides insight into how the doctrine may be applied across the spectrum from peace to war. A one-week course for military personnel in grades E-4 through O-5 and federal employees in grades GS-7 through GS-13, it gives individuals from all functional areas an overview of current IO doctrine, policies, and procedures. Lessons augmented by seminar discussions allow students to comprehend relationships among the numerous subjects taught; furthermore, hands-on exercises, interspersed throughout the course, provide them an opportunity to apply the information learned.

The Warfare Studies Institute is also home to doctrine education that develops doctrine-based products and courses that provide Air Force-wide air and space power education through distance learning using interactive, computer-based methodologies. Offering expertise in USAF and joint doctrine to assist Air University faculty, staff, and students in doctrine education, the institute serves as Air Education and Training Command's doctrine Office of primary responsibility. Courses currently available online to Airmen worldwide include the Air and Space Power Course, Air Force Forces Staff Training Course, and Warfighter Planning Course, all of which are prerequisites for the CWPC and JAOP courses.

CADRE is the first place to turn for professional development and education in war fighting. Personnel interested in joining the more than 1,500 students who attend these in-residence courses each year should talk to their organization's training manager about reserving a slot. To obtain more information, call CADRE/WS Operations Division at (334)953-2113/7831, DSN 493-2113/7831; to access an online course, visit CADRE at


(1.) Joint Vision 2020 (Washington, DC: Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2000), pt. 1, p. 3, jv2020a.pdf (accessed 25 April 2006).

(2.) Joint Publication 3-30, Command and Control for Joint Air Operations, 5 June 2003, chap. 3, doctrine/jel/new_pubs/jp3_56_1.pdf (accessed 25 April 2006).


* Major Dierling is Information Warfare Applications Course director at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
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Title Annotation:College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education provides education for United States. Air Force
Author:Dierling, John
Publication:Air & Space Power Journal
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2006
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