PAF Air War College Institute

Air War Course (AWC)

Air War Course is aimed to ensure academic enrichment and professional development of military leaders as national security leaders. During the course, the military leaders are prepared to lead at the strategic level across range of military operations in joint environment and contribute to national security. The course members are equipped with critical, creative and applied strategic thinking by transforming their intellectual and professional perspectives from tactical and operational to strategic level.

The course comprises of Pakistani officers from three services i.e. PAF, Pak Army and Pak Navy for a joint application environment. Participants from friendly countries add diversity to the mutual learning experience. With elevation of Air War College to AWCI, the course intake has been enhanced. Currently, two War Wings (Alpha and Bravo) are fully functional with intake of 60 members each.

AWC is a 36-credit hour course, divided in 03 terms of 16 Week each. Successful candidates fulfilling HEC criteria are awarded with ‘MS National Security and Strategic Studies’ degree and Fellow of Air War College.

The institute follows university tutorial system, comprising conduct of lectures by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), mentoring by eminent scholars, syndicate discussions, seminars, tutorial exercises, analytical papers along with member presentations on specific topics. Additionally, the officers are challenged through intellectually stimulating exercises and war-games to bolster critical thinking, strategic decision making and leadership abilities. The core modules that are covered during the course are: –

This phase aims at enabling the members to understand the determinants and instruments of national power and their linkage to comprehensive national security besides studying effects on policy formulation.

The phase generates understanding on various dimensions and application of military instrument (Air, Land, Maritime, Cyber and Space) within an overall framework of national security environment. The members are also exposed to fundamentals of joint operational design with emphasis on Air Power Employment.

This phase aims at developing the understanding of nature, character and fundamentals of war along with understanding the conceptual contours of military strategy over the span of history.

This phase aims at developing the understanding of Strategic leadership, complexity of environment and inculcates the value of personal and professional reflection in strategic decision making process.

This phase equips members with practical tools of conducting research on contemporary global, regional and service/organizational related topics by developing analytical abilities for tackling research questions logically and objectively to arrive at viable recommendations, followed by a research thesis.