United States Air Force Posture Statement


I’ve attached the United States Air Force Posture Statement, 2010. Secretary Donley and General Schwartz testified before Congress defining the way ahead for the USAF and the FY11 budget.
The 2010 Air Force Posture Statement presents the Air Force vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power as a vital component of the Joint team, defending National interests, and guided by Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
In the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the Secretary of Defense established four U.S. defense objectives to guide current actions as well as to plan for the future: prevail in today’s wars, prevent and deter conflict, prepare to defeat adversaries and succeed in a wide range of contingencies, and preserve and enhance the all-volunteer force. In accordance with this guidance, the Air Force developed the 2011 budget request to enhance capabilities to meet these objectives, while balancing risk appropriately. As the future security environment will require a range of agile and flexible capabilities, investments for today’s conflict will also support efforts to prepare, prevent, and prevail, and preserve well into the future.
Prevail in Today’s Wars: Investments in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, as well as airlift, command and control, and building partner capacity reinforce the prominence of this priority in this budget request. In addition, nearly 30,000 deployed Airmen daily provide key capabilities in direct support of combat operations.
Prevent and Deter Conflict: The Air Force made significant resource and cultural investments in reinvigorating the Air Force’s portion of the Nation’s nuclear deterrence over the past 18 months. The Air Force is now institutionalizing these successes to ensure the highest standards across the nuclear enterprise. Initial investments in a family of long-range strike capabilities mark the commitment to sustaining power projection capabilities for the next several decades.
Prepare to Defeat Adversaries and Succeed in a Wide Range of Contingencies: This priority directly reflects the Air Force emphasis on balancing commitments to today’s conflicts against preparing for mid- and long-term risks. Awarding a contract this year to recapitalize the aging tanker force is the top acquisition priority. Similarly, the F-35 will be the workhorse of the fighter force for decades to come. Investment in this program is timed with other modernization initiatives and divestment plans to ensure sufficient capabilities are available to deter and defeat potential enemies.
Preserve and Enhance the All-Volunteer Force: Preserving and enhancing the all-volunteer force provides the foundation required for a flexible and agile posture. This budget reflects a commitment to enhancing the force through education and training, while also bolstering the overall quality of life of Airmen and their families.
The Air Force’s proposed FY11 budget of $119.6B achieves the right balance between providing capabilities for today’s commitments and posturing for future challenges. Balancing requirements for today and tomorrow determined this recapitalization strategy. The Air Force chose to improve its existing capabilities whenever possible, and to pursue new systems when required. This recapitalization approach attempts to keep pace with threat developments and required capabilities, while ensuring stewardship of national resources. In developing this budget request, the Air Force also carefully preserved and enhanced the comprehensive approach to taking care of Airmen and Air Force families.

AIR FORCE CORE FUNCTIONS
Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Air Superiority, Space Superiority, Cyberspace Superiority, Global Precision Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Special Operations, Global Integrated ISR, Command and Control, Personnel Recovery, Building Partnerships, Agile Combat Support

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