Air Force Doctrine Development and Education Center
||It has been suggested that this article be merged into LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. (Discuss) Proposed since August 2012.|
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|LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education|
Air Force Doctrine Center emblem
|Active||August 2007 - Present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama|
AFDC was established on 24 February 1997 and is the single voice for all doctrinal matters within the United States Air Force. The center is located on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama and is component to Air University with its schools on Chennault Circle. In 2013, the center was renamed the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education (LeMay Center), realigned under Air University and lost its DRU status. LeMay Center does not write joint or tactical-level doctrine.
In August 1996, the Air Force Chief of Staff consolidated all Air Force doctrine development under a single authority, the Air Force Doctrine Center. To emphasize the importance of doctrinal issues, General Ronald E. Fogleman established AFDC as a direct reporting unit reporting directly to him. General Fogelman saw the growing importance of joint warfighting, the need to increase the Air Force's understanding of airpower doctrine, and the importance of a single and very clear voice for the Air Force on all doctrine matters. Major General Ronald E. Keys, the first AFDC commander, set up the new center at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, with several operating locations. He assumed command in February 1997 and produced Air Force Doctrine Document 1, Air Force Basic Doctrine, in September 1997.
Since its establishment, the center has developed over 33 doctrine documents that describe key warfighting, support, and organizational concepts for the employment of air, space, and cyberspace forces. The center has also been central in advocating the proper representation of airpower in joint exercises, wargames, and simulations.
The center researches and writes Air Force basic and operational-level doctrine. Its focus is on promulgating operational-level lessons to the service. The LeMay Center publishes doctrine via AU Press also located on Maxwell. The AU Wargaming Center, under LeMay organizationally, presents wargames for PME students. Lastly, a very limited amount of courseware, focused on doctrine, is developed within Lemay supporting AU PME schools.
The center's staff of nearly 90 active-duty members, reservists, military civilians, and contractors consists of three directorates including Doctrine, Wargaming and Staff. Intelligence and Education support wargaming and doctrine respectively. The three directorates are O-6 commands each responsible for the facility (building) and reporting to the AU Vice Commander, dual-hatted as the LeMay Center Commander.
Directorates and Operating Locations
The Doctrine Development Directorate researches, develops and produces Air Force basic and operational doctrine. The directorate coordinates with the major commands on their development of tactical doctrine. It conducts historical research to support doctrine development and service positions.
The Wargaming Directorate maintains a doctrinally smart[clarification needed] wargaming staff to conduct Professional Military Education (PME) wargames for Air University and to maintain a state-of-the-art wargaming facility. Wargaming allows AU students to apply PME lessons on strategic, operational and tactical doctrine with constructive simulations. Joint Education requirements are supported by AU PME courses with wargaming inputs from LeMay. Our[who?] main focus is Educational Wargaming which is defined as a simulation, conducted to satisfy defined educational objectives, of a military operation involving two or more opposing forces using rules, data, and procedures designed to depict an actual or assumed real life situation.
The Warfighting Education Directorate advocates and deploys timely and focused airpower doctrine, and provides support to the CSAF Mentor program. The directorate develops and implements doctrine-specific education for Air Force senior officers and senior mentors, and develops and provides professional continuing education to selected Air Force warfighters in preparation for their participation in wargames and exercises. The directorate offers doctrine-based resident and online courses to address Warfighters' needs throughout their careers. It also manages and executes a doctrine education plan for all Air Force officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel and provides doctrinal basics to Air Force professional military education and accessions instructors and all Air Force instructors at sister service schools. As part of its doctrine outreach effort, the directorate provides speakers to lecture on doctrine related topics.
The Intelligence Directorate provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support and subject matter expertise for Air University (AU) and LeMay Center doctrine, education, and wargaming missions. It also operates the AU Special Security Office (SSO). The Director serves as the Senior Intelligence Officer for AU, and chairs the Intelligence Curriculum Committee as required. The Doctrine Division develops and coordinates Joint and Air Force ISR doctrine in support of the Doctrine Development Directorate. The Education Division prepares ISR curricula and provides instruction/expertise for AU across the joint air, space and cyberspace domains. The Wargaming Division provides scenarios, opposing forces expertise, and ISR education to wargames in support of the Warfighting Applications Directorate. The Security Division serves as the SSO, and manages the AU Sensitive Compartmented Information program.
The Joint And Air Staff Liaisons provide the connection between the center, the Joint Staff, the Air Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on doctrine and related issues. They advocate the doctrinally correct representation of airpower in publications, models, and exercises, and oversees the Air and Joint Staff doctrine review processes. They are the conduit with congressional staff offices for the correct representation of aerospace power in national security matters. The liaisons also monitor the timely completion of all Air Staff and Joint Staff actions tasked to the center, formulate and implement policy related to Air Force terminology, and provide overall direction, management and implementation of the Air Force Military Terminology Standardization Program.
Army and Air Force operating locations provide U.S. Air Force representation to the activity assigned or attached on aerospace power doctrine, organization, mission, equipment capabilities, tactics and procedures. These locations advise the applicable commander and staff on all matters pertaining to the Air Force to include doctrine and concepts, and are responsible for the resident and non-resident instruction with associated instructional materials of Air Force doctrine, organization and concepts of operations.
The staff at the operating locations provides coordination, liaison, and technical expertise and ensures service interoperability by providing the Air Force position on joint warfighting programs. They coordinate on air support for training, exercises and demonstrations, and review joint Air Force/Army draft publications. They prepares articles on Air Force doctrine and issues for publication in Army journals and serve as the on-site, local liaison with Army Battle Labs, combat development agencies and other Army organizations.
- U.S. Army Combined Arms Center - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
- U.S. Army Field Artillery School - Fort Sill, Oklahoma
- Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada