HomeNewsArticle Display

SANDS students visit Europe, gain new perspectives

SANDS students visit Europe, gain new perspectives

Students and instructors from Air University’s School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies pose for a picture during their recent trip to Europe. SANDS is the Air Force’s premier program on strategic deterrence, hosting 12 to 15 students each year from the Air Force, Army, Navy and an international officer from either the United Kingdom or France. (Courtesy photo)

SANDS students visit Europe, gain new perspectives

Students and instructors from Air University’s School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies pose for a picture during their recent trip to Europe. SANDS is the Air Force’s premier program on strategic deterrence, hosting 12 to 15 students each year from the Air Force, Army, Navy and an international officer from either the United Kingdom or France. (Courtesy photo)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) --

Students from Air University’s School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies met with European allies last month to gain new perspectives and alternative views on how different parts of the world define nuclear deterrence.

During the trip, held March 9-17, students visited with military leaders from France, England and U.S. European Command.

The ultimate objective, however, for the school’s capstone event was driven by Air Force leadership.

“The vice chief of staff of the Air Force charged our students with educating the rest of the force on the vital role nuclear deterrence plays in our country’s national strategy,” said Maj. Patrick Yanez, SANDS instructor. “The trip to Europe introduced our students to nuclear deterrence experts from (foreign nations) and facilitated dialogue to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of differing nuclear deterrence strategies.”

“One could not summarize such a valuable trip only by mentioning a single event,” said SANDS student Lt. Col. Romain Béthoux of the French air force. SANDS student. “The variety of experiences made the whole trip an amazing adventure. By visiting three different countries and discussing with an array of experts in nuclear deterrence from multiple nations, sharing our perspectives on this crucial subject, spending time together as a unique team … the temporary duty in Europe is definitely one of the most beneficial parts of the SANDS course.”

Having moved to Air University from Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, in late 2018, SANDS is the Air Force’s premier program on strategic deterrence, hosting 12 to 15 students each year from the Air Force, Army, Navy and an international officer from either the United Kingdom or France.

“Having SANDS at AU has allowed the program to leverage the resources the campus has to offer,” Yanez said. “The access to world-class professors, as well as the distinguished visitors from both military and civilian backgrounds, has immensely added to the overall program.”

In a previous article about SANDS’ move to AU under Air Command and Staff College, Dr. Melvin Deaile, SANDS director, said the program plays a vital role in the security of the U.S., its allies and partner nations because of how important nuclear deterrence is for the national defense strategy.

“Completing SANDS has provided several new tools for my toolkit,” said Maj. Adrian Zollinger, SANDS student. “We don't get much training on the theory behind deterrence at our technical schools or on the job. SANDS addresses that deficiency in a very real way. It also bridges the gaps among nuclear, conventional and irregular deterrence. This perspective will help me throughout my career as I work to better educate my career field as a whole on the theory behind our mission and the views of sister services and international partners.”

More information about SANDS can be found on their website or twitter.

Engage

Twitter
You got this! 💪 https://t.co/WnevIeJbQ4
Twitter
Not a bad way to cool off in the summer. The 815th Airlift Squadron's Reserve #Airmen visited Alaska to airlift o… https://t.co/DElqEx4JwJ
Twitter
RT @USAFRecruiting: Built different 😤 These @airforcespecwar exercises will put your strength to the test and show you what muscles these…
Twitter
Another Air Force week complete, and we've got it in photos! View the rest here: https://t.co/OkjRFKvDjz https://t.co/HXcWkJN35U
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: On behalf of our #Airmen and families, congrats and welcome to Ms. Jones, our new Under Secretary of the @usairforce. #…
Twitter
Jumping into the weekend Tactical Air Control Party Airmen assigned to the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron pe… https://t.co/VLRxCb90mw
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Getting ready for the big leap into civilian life? #Airmen preparing to separate from active duty service can take steps towar…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Acting Secretary Roth on the confirmation of Gina Ortiz Jones to serve as the Under Secretary of the Air Force. ⬇️ https…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Confirmed yesterday by the Senate, Gina Ortiz Jones will be the next Under Secretary of the Air Force! Read more ⬇️ @US
Twitter
The Senate unanimously confirmed Gina Ortiz Jones to be Under Secretary of the Air Force, clearing the way for the… https://t.co/Q8SFw2fq45
Twitter
Hundreds of Airmen participated alongside @USArmy Soldiers in the inaugural Pacific Warriorz 2021 Joint and Total… https://t.co/fAPp4UGjmW
Twitter
RT @US_EUCOM: #JF21-2 is designed to test simulated emergency response procedures, ballistic missile defense & crisis response assistance i…
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Thanks to the conservation upgrades, Keesler AFB expects an annual savings of 113,840 million British Thermal Units, a 15.8 p…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: .@Spangdahlem_AB was the first wing in @HQUSAFEAFAF capable of Agile Combat Employment. Being agile & persistent is a m…
Twitter
After catastrophic flooding in Germany & Belgium, @Spangdahlem_AB volunteers provide relief. “80% of people on Sp… https://t.co/6roLIRoFT0
Twitter
RT @Southcom: Supporting our partners in #Suriname: A @usairforce C-17 from @TeamCharleston delivered a field hospital to Suriname July 1…
Twitter
Congratulatons! 🎓 https://t.co/dzK8o0E9rK
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: On the latest edition of the Air Force Starts Here Podcast, we discuss the modernization of the @usairforce Career Developm…
Twitter
F-16s from the 555th Fighter Squadron fire munitions at the Graf Ignatievo Air Base range during Thracian Star 21 i… https://t.co/aYEY5PoEWD
Twitter
The #AirForce Civil Engineer Center, in partnership with the USAF Installation Contracting Center, has streamlined… https://t.co/8iFGwfrYHR
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,354,254
Follow Us