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Air Force Basic Doctrine A I R F O C E U N T D S Air Force Doctrine Document 1 September 1997
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Supersedes: AFM 1-1, Vol I and II, March 1992 OPR: HQ AFDC/DR (Lt Col Donald R. Poynor, USAF) Certified by HQ AFDC/CC Maj Gen Ronald E. Keys, USAF Pages: 92 Distribution: F Approved by: MICHAEL E. RYAN, General, USAF Chief of Staff BY ORDER OF THE AIR FORCE DOCTRINE DOCUMENT 1 SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE SEPTEMBER 1997
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FOREWORD To provide the nation’s air and space force with a common, inte- grated vision, Air Force doctrine must draw together the lessons of our history, the vectors of technology, and our insights about the future. The lessons of air and space power history are replete with examples of the dedication and sacrifice of those who have served their nation through our proud history as the Army Air Service, the Army Air Corps, and finally the United States Air Force. These lessons survive today and are reflected in the principles of war and our own tenets of air and space power. As our experience in air and space warfare has evolved, however, these historic principles must now be viewed in light of modern air and space power capabilities. Accordingly, we have developed core competencies to provide insight into the specific capabilities that the US Air Force must bring to activ- ities across the range of military operations. Together, the principles, tenets, and core competencies describe air and space power as a force distinct from surface forces and the air arms of other Services. The United States Air Force, through opera- tions in the air, space, and information environments, is a global strategic power that can protect national interests and achieve national objectives by rapidly projecting potent air, space, or joint force land power anywhere on earth. This basic doctrine presents the guiding principles of our Service and our view of the opportunities of the future. It will serve us well in coping with the hazards of war as well as the challenges of keep- ing the peace. I commend it to all of you—active duty, reserves, and civilians alike. These warfighting concepts describe the essence of air and space power and provide the airman’s perspective. As airmen, we must understand these ideas, we must cultivate them and, importantly, we must debate and refine these ideas for the future. MICHAEL E. RYAN General, USAF Chief of Staff September 1997
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v CHAPTER ONE—Doctrine, Strategy, and War . . . . . . 1 Doctrine Defined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Levels of Air and Space Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Basic Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Operational Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Tactical Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Types of Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Service Doctrine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Joint Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Multinational Doctrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Relationship of Military Doctrine to Strategy . . . . . . . . . . 4 National Security Strategy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 National Military Strategy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fundamental Nature of War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Air and Space Power in War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Air and Space Power in Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 CHAPTER TWO—The Airman’s Perspective . . . . . . . 11 Principles of War. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Unity of Command. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Objective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Offensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Maneuver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Economy of Force. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Surprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Simplicity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
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