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Commentary: America's Air Force - Global Vigilance, Reach, Power

Commentary: America's Air Force - Global Vigilance, Reach, Power

By F. Whitten Peters, Secretary of the Air Force, and Gen. Michael E. Ryan, Air Force Chief of Staff, June 21, 2000.

Washington (AFPN) -- This week, we released America's Air Force: Global Vigilance, Reach & Power, to update our vision for the 21st century. It captures where we're going as a service and helps Air Force people plan for the diverse challenges we'll face in the 21st century.

This document builds upon and extends ideas in our previous visions and reflects organizational and conceptual improvements since the publication of our last vision. It also supports the principles laid out in the recently released Joint Vision 2020.

Airmen from across the Air Force contribute to our ability to deploy and sustain powerful aerospace capabilities wherever and whenever necessary. While there is much in the vision that is new, the foundation remains the same -- our people and our values. The vision makes clear that we will continue to rely on our great Air Force people to be the engines of change and integration and progress. We'll rely on all our people -- active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian -- leveraging the strengths of the total force.

The document is short and concise. It does not talk about specific weapon systems or about the details of defense budgets. Instead, it represents our thinking about the aerospace domain and our role in it -- how we'll exploit the full aerospace continuum to meet the nation's needs. The art of commanding aerospace power lies in integrating air, space and information systems to produce the exact effects the nation needs. We'll continue broadening Air Force leaders to capitalize on the range of potent capabilities aerospace power offers.

Global Vigilance, Reach and Power are the overarching aerospace capabilities described in our vision: vigilance to anticipate and deter threats, reach to curb crises and power to prevail in conflicts and win wars. We will realize the true potential of full-spectrum aerospace power by thinking of vigilance, reach and power not as separate and distinct, but as capabilities that, when fully integrated, add up to much more than the sum of their parts.

Key to our concept is the expeditionary aerospace force, which will provide both increased capabilities to meet the nation's security requirements and greater predictability and stability for our people. Operation Allied Force proved the potential of our developing concepts. Impressive as the improvements seen recently have been, they're just the beginning. Aerospace power is America's asymmetric advantage and we're determined to ensure America keeps that advantage.

Our vision focuses on what we will do as America's airmen, but it includes a firm commitment to work effectively within the joint team, ensuring that we never forget the trust the American people place in us.

Realizing the potential of our vision will take the dedicated efforts and teamwork of all of you in the years to come. There'll be copies of the vision in the field soon. Meanwhile, you can find it on the web at www.af.mil/vision. We encourage you to read it, talk about it and understand it. It's your future, and it's brighter than ever.


* Secretary F. Whitten Peters * Gen. Michael E. Ryan * America's Air Force: Global Vigilance, Reach and Power


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).