Civilian Professionals

How can a degree from Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security advance your career?

Whether it’s a BS, MS, or Doctoral program you seek, we have options for all civilian professionals.

  • Our programs provide a firm grounding in national security concepts and  preparation for military PME programs
  • As a Global Strike Command professional, you will find our programs are aligned well with the objectives of Nuclear Surety and Deterrence
  • Much like the Officer Corps, civilians in the USAF are expected to continually pursue professional development
  • Education is an important element in this development and in competition for new career opportunities
  • Whether it is completion of a Bachelor’s program, a challenging Master’s program, or Doctoral program, civilians who pursue education opportunities stand out and are more competitive than their peers who do not
  • PME in-residence opportunities are limited, and for many civilians, the language of military professional education may be strange and unfamiliar
  • Our programs sync well with AWC and other executive professionalization. If you are new to PME, a program will prepare you well for that opportunity. If you’ve been to PME, then you will find a comfortable fit with any our programs
  • Our Institutional Learning Objectives mirror those of the service PME programs, both officer and enlisted, so you will find similar focus to the PME schoolhouses, AND you will learn from National Security leaders.
  • We also offer foreign language courses to help you acquire new skills or sharpen those you have, helping you maintain a strategically important foreign language
  • Our faculty and staff consist of many former USAF PME instructors and AFIT graduates, so we understand not just the military, but the USAF in particular
  • Our typical student is an adult learner in a full-time job, military or veteran, married with children and with little prior online course experience
  • We understand and deliver on the objectives of Nuclear Surety and Deterrence
    • All our programs emphasize deterrence, threat assessment, homeland security, national security and regional studies
    • Important aspects include ethics, consequence management, and strategic engagement
    • Leadership, communication, critical thinking, and analysis are hallmarks of all we do!

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