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MILS534 - Air and Space Power Theory: Strategy and Tactics

Course Details

Course Code: MILS534 Course ID: 4523 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of air and space power theory through the examination of major aspects of air and space power in their historical and contemporary contexts. Students will study the use of air power in past conflicts, examine contemporary roles of air and space power, and determine the evolving near-term roles of air and space power in warfare. (Prerequisites: MILS500 or NSEC500 for students on previous catalog versions)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze the basic concepts and capabilities of air and space power theory in the contemporary world.

CO-2: Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of air and space power in the conduct of U.S. military operations.

CO-3: Assess the contribution of strategic and tactical air and space power in achieving military and political goals.

CO-4: Analyze current issues affecting the application of air and space power in the contemporary world.

CO-5: Critique the use of air and space power in the contemporary world.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 15 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature review of at least six sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a contemporary issue (post 1991) about airpower and not a paper about a historical issue about airpower. 3-4 pages.

Research Paper – 35 percent

Adding to the 3-4 page assignment in Week Two, the research paper should be at least 10 additional pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment in which the student answers 3 of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussion 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Research Question 15.00 %
Assignment 1: Reseach Question Assignment 15.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Assignment 2: Research Paper 35.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Assignment 3: Final Assignment 30.00 %

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required textbooks for this course

Required Readings

  • The weekly lessons have the web links to the required readings for each week.

  • Weekly lesson notes and videos or audio files are found in the lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.