Mission and Priorities Of The U.S. Air Force Major
We are at a critical juncture in the history of the United States Air Force. We find our service, our department, and our Nation in a transition period that will shape the nation’s security for years to come. Tomorrow’s expeditionary Air Force will be even greater than today’s—more agile, more compact, and more effective than ever ensuring global Air, Space, and Cyberspace dominance for the United States in
the 21st Century.
America’s Air Force, as a total force of Active Duty, Air National Guard, Reserve, and Civilian, continues to prosecute the Global War on Terror while remaining ready to engage whatever enemy chooses to confront the world’s preeminent Air, Space, and Cyberspace force. In order to continue our legacy as the world’s best Air Force, we have developed and instituted a set of priorities that are central to our Joint war fighting success. By focusing on these priorities Winning the Global War on Terror, Developing Airmen, and Recapitalizing and Modernizing the Total Force we are prepared to face the challenges of today and the uncertainties of tomorrow.
Winning the Glo bal War on Terror
The Global War on Terror (GWOT) constitutes a U.S. led response to global terrorism. Our mission within this war is to defeat terrorists whose tactics and global vision encompass extremism, tyranny, and oppression. Our enemies in this conflict are constantly evolving. To fight them, we must remain vigilant in our pursuit of ensuring the continued safety and security of our nation and her citizens.
The Air Force is committed to this mission and will continue to project its many unique capabilities to defeat our enemies anywhere in the world. Maintaining combat readiness is a key factor in supporting the GWOT. We must sustain our critical mission areas of Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power, while continually maintaining an agile, adaptable, persistent, lethal, and surge-ready air, space, and cyber force.
For more than 16 consecutive years, the Air Force has taken the fight to hostile forces around the world while maintaining a constant combat posture. We continue our combat contributions through ongoing actions in Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the GWOT. This “Long War,” with its ongoing support to the Combatant Commander is changing the way we operate. While continuing to support the nation’s efforts at home and abroad, we must continue to learn through Joint lessons how to further fight and defeat terrorism globally.
The character and capabilities of our enemies are increasingly uncertain, veiled, growing, and constantly changing. Air, Space, and Cyberspace must wield the capabilities necessary to dissuade potential adversaries and rapidly overcome them if needed. The Air Force maintains and continues to reinforce these global capabilities to secure America’s future security.