Mla 200 Evolution of usaf air and Space Power I credit Hours: 00 Lecture Periods: 00 Lab Periods: Description

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Effective Term: Fall 2014

MLA 200 Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I

Credit Hours: 2.00 Lecture Periods: 2.00 Lab Periods:


Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I is the first half of a survey course that features topics on Air Force heritage and leaders. Includes introduction to air power through examination of the Air Force Core Functions; and application of communication skills. Course purpose is to instill an appreciation of the development and employment of air power and to motivate second year students to transition from Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) Cadet to Air Force ROTC Officer Candidate.


United States Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) Cadets must attend a Leadership seminar on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45 A.M. to 7:45 A.M. Course offered in cooperation with the University of Arizona.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of the development of air power.

  2. Discuss the development of powered flight (1903) and its relation to the "Air Age".

  3. Discuss the significant developments in air power during World War I.

  4. Demonstrate basic oral communication skills.

  5. Discuss the U.S. Army Air Corps' struggle recognition during the period between World Wars I and II.

  6. Discuss the reason for establishing the United States Air Force (USAF).

  7. Identify the countries involved in the first major confrontation of the Cold War that culminated in the Berlin Blockade to the Persian Gulf War.

  8. Identify the United States Air Force’s (USAF’s) first war that challenged its new combat organization.

  9. Discuss the rational that spurred the USAF’s research and development program.

  10. Demonstrate an understanding of war in the third dimension: e.g. Principles of War and Tenants of Air and Space Power.


  1. Introduction and Orientation

    1. History of the development of Air Power

    2. Classroom conduct, testing requirements, and other administrative procedures

  2. The Advent of the Air Age

    1. Major achievements in aviation

    2. First successful powered heavier-than-air aircraft

  3. Airplane at War

    1. Relationship between Air Power and Ground Forces in World War I (W.W.I.)

    2. Technological advances in Air Power

    3. Strategic Bombing Theory

  4. Introduction to Communications

    1. Process of communication

    2. Verbal and nonverbal communication

    3. Effective listening to the communication process

    4. Extemporaneous and impromptu speaking

  5. The Interwar Years

    1. Contribution of General William "Billy" Mitchell toward the development of Air Power

    2. Air Corps Tactical School's (ACTS) role in forming an Air Doctrine

    3. Independent Air Force

    4. Aviation development in the U.S.

  6. Air Power in World War II

    1. Strategy to defeat the Axis Powers

    2. U.S. Defensive Posture of 1942 in the Pacific

    3. American forces versus Germany in North Africa

    4. Army Air Forces' Strategic Bombing Campaign

  7. Role of USAF airpower during the Korean War

    1. Strategic Air Command (SAC)

    2. U.S. Intervention and the Korean Conflict

    3. U.S. Air Superiority and MiG Alley

  8. Aerospace Power Revisited: Competencies, Functions, and Doctrine

    1. Command Force Defense Model through the Korean War

    2. Airpower Contributions through the Korean War.

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