Royal Australian Air Force
Air Power Development Centre
To guide Air Force into the future
The fortnightly publication that covers both historical and current air-power related issues
The Air Power Development Centre provides practical and effective analysis and advice on the strategic development of air and space power to the Chief of Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force and its partners.
The aim of the CAF Fellowship Program is to produce personnel with a broad education in air power strategy and national security issues, who will develop the skills to contribute more directly to the air power debate in Australia. For suitably qualified applicants, this will be an opportunity to undertake research on current and emergent issues for Air Force and to direct their findings towards facilitating decision-making about the future of air and space power for Australia. On completion of the Fellowship, members can expect to be posted to a position related to their area of research.
The successful applicant will be enrolled in a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) (course code: 2225) at UNSW Canberra and as such needs to be eligible to undertake this program. See the UNSW Canberra website to determine eligibility requirements.
While the Fellowship provides one calendar year of study, applicants must be aware that it is extremely unlikely they will satisfy UNSW’s requirements to complete their MPhil within this period. The MPhil course includes four units of course work for applicants without University granted recognition for prior learning (with at least a credit level of achievement in each course being required in order to progress to the research phase). UNSW Canberra has a range of courses that can be selected from, such as air power, research and analysis methods, strategy and military affairs, defence and policy planning, Asian studies, and international relations.
The research thesis is to be on a subject agreed between the CAF Fellow and APDC – thus ensuring it is written to meet a RAAF requirement. The APDC may publish the thesis if deemed appropriate. The length of the thesis may vary depending on the requirements of the supervising school of the University, but is typically in the 30 000 – 40 000 word range. Additionally, there will be opportunities for the CAF Fellow to conduct seminars at the end of their research and facilitate workshops during the research phase to inform the thesis.
Members wishing to nominate for the CAF Fellowship are to contact Professor Sanu Kainikara; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 02 6128 7052) prior to formally applying. APDC will advise on the relevance of the proposed research topic to the Air Force. Further, APDC will liaise with UNSW and the applicant to ensure that the university can support the proposed research program, and to identify a suitable Academic Supervisor for the MPhil program. The contact person in APDC will be the CAF Fellow’s administrative supervisor for the duration of the fellowship.
It is desirable that any member applying for a Fellowship have a sponsor from within the RAAF. Roles of the sponsor may include development of a thesis topic and monitoring the progress of the thesis from the RAAF perspective, as well as potentially identifying a future position for the Fellow in a related area. The sponsor does not replace the CAF Fellow’s Academic Supervisor.
Nominations are sought from permanent RAAF members of any specialisation and rank interested in undertaking a CAF Fellowship through the Air Power Development Centre (APDC) and UNSW Canberra (previously UNSW@ADFA).
Applications will be accepted after the EOI is released by DP-AF. Applications are to be submitted via the ANYA ANYO Position Nomination Application Form located on the DP-AF website. (Note: Intranet access only)
Refer to the CAF Fellowship Application Guide for specific information on what is required in the application.
More information about the fellowship can be obtained from Ms Sandra Finney at the APDC, ph (02) 6266 1355 or Email.
In December 2008 CAF approved the establishment of a full time position at UNSW@ADFA: Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Air Power Studies. The intent was provide an academic position at ADFA that would deliver semester-long air power courses to undergraduate students as well as elective courses to both undergraduate and post graduate students. The position description was later amended to read Chief of Air Force Air Power Fellow to allow for the creation of the position under Air Force establishment at the O4 – O5 level.
The position is currently occupied by Group Captain Callum Brown. Through this position, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at ADFA currently offers two undergraduate courses:
and one postgraduate course:
These courses are open to any student within ADFA.
Information regarding these courses is available through the ADFA online yearly Handbooks: [Undergraduate] and [Postgraduate].
For an Air Force that values education and professional mastery, the role of air power education for RAAF junior officers is of vital importance in developing a level of air power expertise. The courses offered at ADFA through the CAF Fellow position are an important first step in building a coherent foundation of professional air power education. These courses are specifically designed to complement the ADFA Academy Military Education and Training (AMET) syllabus, the RAAF PMET program, and the Advanced Air Power course offered through the Air Power Development Centre.