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Educating Air ForcesGlobal Perspectives on Airpower Learning$
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Randall Wakelam, David Varey, and Emanuele Sica

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180243

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180243.001.0001

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Interests Aligned but Not Integrated

Interests Aligned but Not Integrated

The Royal Canadian Air Force Staff College and Inter-Service Staff Education after the Second World War

(p.134) Interests Aligned but Not Integrated
Educating Air Forces

Howard G. Coombs

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores the inception of the USAF's two educational institutions: the Air University (AU), and the US Air Force Academy (USAFA). The chapter shows that the AU, building on the interwar experience of the ACTS (Air Corps Tactical School), was able as a graduate school to go beyond expectations by becoming a fertile hub for professional learning. Conversely USAFA by mirroring Army and Navy institutions, established an undergraduate school with a solid curriculum, if not innovative in its approach. Tied to the rise of an independent air force service, the establishment of AU and USAFA sponsored by important military figures such as Billy Mitchell and Dwight Eisenhower heralded the rise of airpower theory in the Cold War era.

Keywords:   USAF Academy, Air University, Education, USAF, Eisenhower

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