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Basic Air Power Course

Course convenor

WGCDR Rick Soesman is the course convenor. 


2014 CAF Message release BAPC

The intent of the Basic Air Power Course (BAPC) is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and art of air power. It is not designed to define the merits of one aircraft type over another, but to put into context how airborne systems are used within the security framework of the government. 

This course will step students through The Air Power Manual, Air Force’s highest level doctrine, and leave students knowing the 'ins and outs' of the fundamental principles of air power on which all military air campaigns are based.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
   - define air power
   - state the characteristics of the air domain
   - describe the core and supporting air power roles
   - describe the concept of balance in the application of air power
   - describe the role of air power in national power


The BAPC course is open to all ADF CPLs and below, junior officers and ADO public service APS2 to APS5. While priority will be given to RAAF CPLs and FLGOFFs, nominations from Navy and Army personnel are welcome.  

Note: Completion of the BAPC is not a pre-requisite for the Intermediate or Advanced Air Power Courses. However, they do build on one another, so it is recommended that you complete them in order.

The BAPC is generally conducted four times each year.


BAPC assumes that students have limited prior knowledge of air power. The course involves reading six short essays grouped into lessons and answering a few questions drawn from the lessons. The culminating task will draw together the threads of the course into summarising air power. The course comprises the following lessons:

  1. Air Power Characteristics and Roles, and Creating a Balanced Air Force
  2. Control of the Air
  3. Strike
  4. Air Mobility
  5. ISR and other Critical Enablers
  6. The Air Campaign


Academic supervision is provided by Wing Commander Rick Soesman and Group Captain Phil Edwards. The course is coordinated by the APDC Education staff, who are the point of contact for further information.


There are two formative and two summative assessment areas on the BAPC.

The formative assessment comprises:
   - question and answer responses and participation on a weekly forum
   -  a weekly untimed open-book online quiz

The summative assessment comprises:
   - a 30-question examination comprising questions selected from the weekly quiz
   - a  500-word written assignment answering the question 'What is air power?'

Students are required to undertake all elements of formative and summative assessment in order to achieve an overall pass in the course.

Course Schedule

The admin week is your time to test your login and add your welcome comments to test the forum. The course then runs for approximately nine weeks. The lesson weeks open at 1200 on a Friday and close at 2330 the following Sunday (10 Days). Your participation in the weekly lessons can be added at any stage during that lesson's active week. You can access the online course through any device which has internet connection.

Week 1:         admin week
Weeks 2-7:    weekly lessons
Weeks 8-9:    assessment writing 
Week 9:         assessment submission

Course completion

On successful completion of the BAPC, the marked assessment, 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. 


Individuals can nominate for the BAPC through their UTC or orderly room. The BAPC PMKeyS code is 213844.