DFMI Mission

The Department

DFMI Mission
Dept History

The Field of Study

Military and Strategic Studies
M&SS Courses
MSS Core
MSS Core
MSS Major Requirements

The Divisions

Strategy and Operations Division
Comparative MSS Division
Research and Development Division
Learning Labs Division
Air Warfare Lab
Cadet Battle Lab

The People

Award Winners
Join the DFMI Team
Airman Scholar Journal


The DFMI Mission

The mission of the Department of Military & Strategic Studies (DFMI) is:

...to educate future officers in concepts of military strategy, contemporary operations, and the integration of air, space, and cyberspace power


The Department's mission statement reflects our systematic approach to the study of military power … its context, theory and application, or “military & strategic studies.” The department is organized into two parts. The executive staff provides departmental guidance and resources for cadet and faculty development. The academic divisions (Strategy and Operations, Comparative Military and Strategic Studies, Research and Development, and Learning Labs) develop and deliver courses and supporting programs. Each course and program combines intellectual rigor with strategic and operational relevance to achieve our goal of developing professional Air Force officers.


DFMI Learning Goal:  Appraise various strategies to achieve desired ends through the application of combined effects (in air, space, and cyberspace) within various geopolitical, cultural, and theoretical contexts. 


DFMI Learning Outcomes:

    • Appraise the contributions and limitations of air, space, and cyberspace power to national security and warfare.
    • Analyze military theory and strategy as tools for educating the mind as well as instruments for achieving objectives.
    • Comprehend current and future concepts of US national security, technology, and joint & coalition warfare within a diverse, global context.
    • Synthesize the critical thinking skills and attitudes necessary for academic scholarship and effective, ethical officership.


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