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MILITARY & STRATEGIC STUDIES

Think strategically and creatively in order to lead and operate across the spectrum of conflict throughout the modern globe.

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The Department of Military & Strategic Studies (MSS) prepares cadets to lead and operate across the spectrum of conflict throughout the globe. We develop operational leaders versed in the relevant context, theory, and application of the military instrument of power in the contemporary environment. Dealing with uncertainty, MSS courses emphasize intellectual power, grit, and non-linear thinking that advances beyond traditional problem solving. This versatile program helps cadets develop the capabilities and mindset to compete successfully in a changing and challenging world.

Military & Strategic Studies cadets and faculty are engaged in warrior-scholars contributing to and advancing the discussion in myriad methods and venues. MSS faculty publish and present research in academic presses, international journals, as well as at conferences and events worldwide. Faculty research has been featured on national TV in addition to numerous online and print mediums. MSS faculty have also been selected for and attended the prestigious Philip Merrill Center Teachers’ Workshop hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Basin Harbor, Vmt., and the Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) hosted by Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS). In addition to their research contributions, MSS faculty are accomplished teachers using modern pedagogical practices to engage cadets in the classroom environment.

Accomplished faculty mentor successful cadets: MSS graduates have gone on to elite graduate programs at Columbia University, Georgetown University, King’s College London, and more. Additionally, MSS cadets have published research in peer-reviewed journals; had their projects featured on national TV; and participated in summer research experiences in China, Hong Kong, Washington DC and other locations worldwide. MSS cadets often earn distinguished graduate status by graduating in the top 10% of their class, and many go on to serve continued distinguished careers both in and out of the Air Force.

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May 28, 2019

Grad Week Feature: Military and Strategic Studies at Air Force Academy put cadets at ‘tip of the spear’

(U.S. Air Force photo/Dave Ahlschwede)  By Ray Bowden, May 28, 21019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- All those Air Force Academy graduates flying combat missions overseas? If they’re under 30, they were all students in a military and strategic studies class. It’s not just pilots who say they’ve benefited from these studies -- its officers in more than 150 career fields across the Air Force. “The Academy’s Military and Strategic Studies department educates future Air Force officers in concepts of military strategy, contemporary operations and the integration of air, space and cyberspace power,” said Dr. John Farquhar, an Associate Professor...

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February 4, 2019

Air Force Space Command commander visits Academy cadets at Warrior Weekend

Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command and the Joint Force Space Component Command, speaks to cadets at the Air Force Academy to kick-off Warrior Weekend at Arnold Hall, Jan. 25, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley) By Jennifer Spradlin, Feb. 4, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Gen. Jay Raymond, the commander of Air Force Space Command and the Joint Force Space Component Command, spoke to cadets at the Air Force Academy to kick-off Warrior Weekend at Arnold Hall, Jan. 25. Raymond has served much of his 34-year Air Force career in AFSPC and shared a brief...

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