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Basic Air Power Course

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SQNLDR Steve Campbell-Wright|


2014 CAF Message release BAPC

The intent of the Basic Air Power Course 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,

a. Define Air Power;
b. State the characteristics of the Air Domain;
c. Describe the core and supporting Air Power roles;
d. Describe the concept of balance in the application of Air Power; and
e. Describe the role of Air Power in national power.


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

Note: Completion of the Basic Air Power Courses 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.


The basic course assumes that students have limited previous knowledge of air power. The course involves reading 6 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 seven weeks of the course comprise 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 Group Captain Phil Edwards and Wing Commander Lewis Frederickson. The course is co-ordinated 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 Basic Air Power Course. The formative assessment comprises:

1.  Question and Answer responses and participation on a weekly forum.
2.  A weekly untimed open-book online quiz.

The summative assessment comprises a:

1.  Timed examination comprising questions selected from the weekly quiz.
2.  500 word essay 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 course then runs for approximately 9 weeks. The lesson active weeks open at 1200 on a Friday and close at 2330 the following Sunday (10 Days).
The admin week is your time to test your login and add your welcome comments to test the forum.
Your participation in the weekly lessons can be added at any stage during that lessons 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 PMKeyS. BAPC PMKeyS code is 213844.