The RAF has responded to the ambiguities and uncertainties of the current strategic environment by providing its officer cadets with rigorous university-level education that seeks to develop their strategic understanding, intellectual dexterity and problem-solving abilities. By improving the cognitive educational content the RAF seeks to elicit the maximum it can from its personnel and to that end it has invested in a second iteration of academic provision, Portsmouth Business School academics/Cranfield, at RAF Cranwell’s Royal Air Force College. It has empowered them to create a more effective balance between traditional “informational” training and broad and critical “transformational” education.
Under the stewardship and guidance of former Air Commodore, who will act as the Director Academic Support Services, the Air Power Studies team of RAF trainers and Portsmouth/Cranfield University educators will continue the development of the academic curriculum in tandem with the RAF’s Generic Education Training Requirement.
The Air Power Studies team aspires to provide world-class, broad and critical education to RAF officers across various levels from initial officer training through to the RAF's flagship single-service course, the Senior Officer Study Programme.
The Air Power Studies team is developing into a national (and internationally recognised) centre of excellence in Air Power and related Defence research and teaching. In August 2007 it became a core component of the Royal Air Force’s new Centre for Air Power Studies (RAF CAPS). The team also seeks to generate academic discourse and public awareness of Air Power's unique abilities, activities and accomplishments across the spectrum of conflict.
The team is committed to supporting the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff and the Directorate of Defence Staffs with specialist advice and the production of high-level research, as and when required.