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Intermediate Air Power Course

The Intermediate Air Power Course (IAPC) focuses on air campaigning and the need for air power doctrine to keep pace with technological advances, legislative changes and the expectations of government.

The aim of the IAPC is to track the development of air power doctrine from the Vietnam War to the present day which has led the RAAF to record some enduring lessons of air power in the 6th Edition of the Air Power Manual (APM) particularly the four core air power roles, namely; control of the air; strike; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); and air mobility.  The conclusions drawn in establishing these roles have been taken from the lessons learned from various air campaigns.  This course will review a number of air campaigns and the student body of the course will be invited to identify the salient doctrinal lessons.

The IAPC builds on the knowledge gained in the Basic Air Power Course (BAPC) by reviewing specific historical air campaigns to assess how air power was used, its successes and failures and making links between factual events and air power doctrine. 


The IAPC course is open to all ADF SNCO and Junior Officers, and ADO public service APS3 up to APS6. While priority will be given to RAAF SGTs and FLTLTs, nominations from Navy and Army personnel are welcome.

Note: Completion of the BAPC is not a pre-requisite for the IAPC however they do build on one another so it is recommended that you complete them in order.
The IAPC is generally conducted four times each year. 


The topics covered in the course are:
  1. Vietnam War
  2. Arab-Israeli conflicts
  3. Indo-Pakistan Wars
  4. Falklands War
  5. Gulf Wars
  6. Libya and Afghanistan


There are two assessment areas in this course: participation in weekly online discussions which require input from each course member to the academic supervisors for the 6 weekly tutorials, and one essay of 1500 words. It is compulsory to obtain passes in both assessment areas in order to achieve an overall pass in the course.

Course schedule

The course then runs for approximately 9 weeks. 
Week 1: Admin Week
Weeks 2-7: Weekly seminars
Weeks 8-9: Assessment writing 
Week 9: Assessment submission.

Course completion

On successful completion of the IAPC, the marked essay, a course report, a letter stating the member’s course result and a Graduation Certificate are posted to the graduate. For ADF participants, completion of the course is recorded in PMKeys. AAPC PMKeys code is 215212.


Academic supervision is provided by Group Captain Phil Edwards. The course is co-ordinated by the APDC Education Staff who are the point of contact for further information. 


Individuals can nominate for the IAPC by submitting an

IAPC Nomination form


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