DFMI Mission

The Department

DFMI Mission
Dept History

The Field of Study

Military and Strategic Studies
Why MSS
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

 

Core Scope and Sequence

Military and Strategic Studies

 

 

Core Courses

 

 

All cadets complete mandatory courses referred to as the core curriculum. All core courses contribute to a professional nucleus for future officer development and form a broad critical and analytical foundation upon which all academic majors are built.

The MSS core courses provide the cornerstone and capstone for an officer’s strategic thinking. These courses impart and develop professional knowledge as well as build skills in strategic thought and theoretical analysis. They reinforce the direction set in key USAF institutional documents such as Secretary of the Air Force Letters to Airmen and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Vectors. To meet USAF requirements and provide cadets operational relevance and intellectual rigor, we compare, update, and coordinate the MSS core with other academic departments for content integration. Additionally, we continually collaborate with professional military educational programs including US war and staff colleges, the USAF School for Advanced Air and Space Studies, USAF battle laboratories, appropriate civilian undergraduate and graduate programs and selected foreign military curricula. The MSS curriculum builds knowledge of classic military theory prompting critical study of contemporary strategy and doctrine, ensuring cadets graduate with a strong foundation for continued professional education and development. The MSS curriculum employs group dynamics and a learning-focused classroom model combining experience, training, and education processes to motivate cadets and explore key concepts. Cadets learn through classroom interaction, debate, case study and application to prepare for entry into the military profession.

 

 

 

 

MSS 200 - Airpower and the Military Profession

 

This course rovides cadets the professional military cornerstone for development as an Airman through responsible strategic thinking. Drawing on a wide range of operational and strategic art, cadets evaluate airpower capabilities and theories, adaptively formulating and applying concepts in contemporary contexts. This course seeks to develop ethical and effective Air Force leaders who can form creative solutions to complex problems. Final exam. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

 

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MSS 415 - Joint Operations Strategy in Regional Contexts

 

MSS 416 - Joint Operations Strategy and Technology

 

First-class cadets (seniors) choose one of these seminars.

 

MSS 415 - This seminar course focuses on strategic military assumptions, processes, and interactions across and within regions of interest to the United States military. Cadets evaluate current and emerging operational environments in Combatant Command Areas of Responsibility, developing requisite knowledge, analytical, and decision-making skills. Cadets apply the capabilities of all U.S. military services across domains, illustrating strategy, doctrine, technology, and service culture within diverse threat contexts. The course integrates special operations and coalition forces and includes joint/coalition/interagency operational simulations. Emphasis is on teamwork. Final exam and/or final paper. Prereq: MSS 200. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

MSS 416 - This seminar course focuses on strategic military assumptions, processes, and interactions across and within U.S. military operational domains. Within the context of contemporary and emerging strategic technologies and service attitudes toward technology and its operational effects, cadets evaluate current and emerging operational environments, developing requisite knowledge, analytical, and decision-making skills. Cadets apply the capabilities of U.S. military services across domains, illustrating strategy, doctrine, technology, and service culture within diverse threat contexts. The course integrates special operations and coalition forces and includes joint/coalition/interagency operational simulations. Emphasis is on teamwork. Final exam and/or final paper. Prereq: MSS 200. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.



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