Emneside for MILM2401 Understanding Air Power Theory and Practice

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The purpose of the module is to provide to the cadets a professional basis for the application of air power throughout the full spectrum of conflict and war. The module shall provide knowledge about how wars and conflicts may be categorised and how the intensity of different wars and conflicts affects the application of air power. The module is particularly occupied with discussing if and how air power should be applied. The module shall also provide knowledge about the political, strategical, operational and tactical level and the relation between them. It shall further provide knowledge about how political, societal, technological, judicial and ethical aspect frame and affect the application and outcomes of air power.


    After finishing the module, the cadet is able to:

    • discuss the foundations of air power theory and its development

    • explain national and allied air power doctrine

    • discuss the application of air power in war and conflict

    • explain how the international system, international actors and their interests and means, and domestic political factors influence the application of air power

    • discuss how technology influences the application of air power and how air power influences technological development

    • explain how the Law of Armed Conflict, ROE, and ethical aspects pertain to the application of air power

    • apply an advanced English vocabulary in discussions of different perspectives on war and the use of air power


    After finishing the module, the cadet is able to:

    • express him/herself orally and in writing about air power-related issues in a clear and consistent manner, and give an oral presentation on an air power-related topic in English

    • critically evaluate academic, professional and doctrinal publications about air power, founded in sound reading comprehension of these kinds of texts formulate own ideas and arguments coherently, orally and in writing, using idiomatically correct English


    After finishing the module, the cadet shall be able to:

    • discuss his/her own role as an Airman in a broad context

    • express how air power functions as a tool for security policy, orally and in writing

    • discuss the potential, constraints, applications, strengths and weaknesses of air power, orally and in writing in the public domain and contribute to the development of new knowledge and best practices

    • discuss ethical, legal and societal consequences of the use of air power


    The module will be carried out with a combination of lectures, discussion and working groups, writing tasks and student presentations. Some of the teaching activities will be conducted in English.


    The purpose of this theme is to provide the cadets with a basic understanding of air power theory, concepts, and doctrines. It will depart from the early air power theorists of the 19th century through the theories of air power during the cold war and up to the recent theories of airpower in complex contemporary conflicts. Central to this theme are theories of how air power best can be applied to provide military and political effects, what air power can be directed against to achieve the desired effects, and the practical application of theory in the targeting process. Theory, concepts and doctrines will provide a framework for the analysis and understanding of case studies of the application of air power in conflict and war.


    The purpose of this theme is to provide the cadets with knowledge of the use of air power in conflicts that marked by high intensity, usually of an international character, and frequently wars of national survival. Initially, it will define the notion of high intensity conflicts. The cadets will study cases of the application of air power in some selected high intensity conflicts, to analysis and understanding of the effects and outcomes of airpower. The theme will incorporate doctrinal, technological, judicial and ethical aspects of the use of military force that frames and affects the application of air power. The case studies will emphasise how political decisions and processes translate into military operations.


    The purpose of this theme is to contrast the use of air power in conflicts of low intensity to the conflict of the previous theme. It departs from the notion that low intensity conflicts are qualitatively different from the conflicts discussed in theme 2. Such conflicts are usually not of an international character, they are not wars of national survival and are usually of a relatively low intensity. This may in turn affect how military and political effects can be achieved through the application of air power.

    The theme will initially define the notion of Low Intensity Conflicts. It will study cases of the application of air power in some selected Low Intensity Conflicts, thus allowing for the analysis and understanding of the political challenges, effects and outcomes of kinetic and non-kinetic airpower in such conflicts. The theme will incorporate doctrinal, technological, judicial, ethical, and particularly political aspects of the use of military force that frame and affect the application of air power in LIC. The case studies will emphasise how political decisions and processes translate into military operations. The theme will pay particular attention to conflicts in which the Norwegian Air Force has used air power.


    The purpose of this theme is to enable the cadets to understand and analyse the potential and effects of airpower throughout the range of conflicts. It will discuss how the development of air power theory and practice may affect the development of Norwegian air power. It will provide a synthesis of the prior themes.


    This theme focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the cadets with respect to the English language (orally and in writing) while they develop an understanding of how air power is seen and experienced from the outside. The teaching will simultaneously promote linguistic confidence. The English lessons have designated curriculum.

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    Self-chosen text relevant in a broad sense to the module, minimum 50 pages.

    Articles up to 50 pages.

  4. Mandatory coursework: Practical training

    Mandatory coursework: An essay over a self-chosen text, with feedback to draft and final version


    Form of assessment: Individual paper

    Grading scale: A-F

    Proportion: 6 ETCS


    Form of assessment: Oral exam, individual

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Grading scale: A-F

    Proportion: 6 ETCS


    Form of assessment: Individual paper assignmen

    Grading scale: A-F

    Proportion:3 ETCS