The Intellectual and Leadership Center of the Air Force, Air University is a military education system that develops leaders for the long war and beyond.
All levels of Airmen, enlisted and officers, and civilians are educated through in-residence or distance-learning courses to meet emerging geo-political challenges faced by the United States. Developing adaptive and innovative students who will produce and disseminate new ideas is crucial to the security of our nation.
Much in the same vein as the Wright Brothers’ endeavors here nearly a century ago, Air University strives to be the epicenter of new ideas and the launching ground for high caliber airpower advocates to ensure the Air Force’s effectiveness in air, space and cyberspace.
Air University, with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., is a key component of Air Education and Training Command, and is the Air Force's center for professional military education.
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As the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force, Air University provides dynamic comprehensive education to prepare graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels.
Air University provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to all levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel throughout their careers. AU's professional military education programs educate Airmen on the capabilities of air, space and cyberspace power and its role in national security. These programs focus on the knowledge and abilities needed to develop, employ, command, and support air and space power at the highest levels. Specialized professional continuing educational programs provide scientific, technological, managerial and other professional expertise to meet the needs of the Air Force. Air University conducts research in air and space power, education, leadership and management. The university also provides citizenship programs and contributes to the development and testing of Air Force doctrine, concepts and strategy.