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Repurposing the Air Force with IT focus

There is a terrific report this morning from the Federal News Radio about the Air Force asserting leadership over the DoD’s Joint Information Environment. The US Air Force has responsibility for a number of military missions that are listed below. The Air Force possesses superior competence in information technology, and has earned a position of leadership influence for the Department of Defense as a master integrator and strategist.

DOD's Joint Information Environment, one of many depictions

“The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible.

Air and Space Superiority

With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions: land, sea, air and space.
Global Attack

Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.

Rapid Global Mobility

Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.

Precision Engagement

The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.

Information Superiority

The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.

Agile Combat Support

Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.

Core Values

The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three values: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do.”

“Deployment and sustainment” are key operational terms upon which logistics support depend. The Air Force is all about logistics and oddly that term is missing from the current mission thrust. Let’s ask General Robert Mansfield to address that in a followup report. He is currently the Director of the Center for Aviation & Aerospace Leadership at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Air Force wants its fingerprints on DoD's Joint Information Environment

Thursday - 5/15/2014, 4:33am EDT

By Jared Serbu

The Air Force says it's jumping with both feet into the Defense Department's still-evolving Joint Information Environment.

Because the service just has gone through a major network consolidation of its own, it also thinks it's in a prime position to help dictate what JIE will look like a few years from now.

The Air Force is wrapping up its own years-long network reorganization, moving from a structure in which most IT functions were left up to the local discretion of the Air Force's major commands and into a new one called AFNET, in which the network is centrally managed and the Air Force's chief information officer wields much greater authority.

That effort started long before JIE, but service officials say the timing was fortuitous, because it allowed them to use AFNET as a stepping stone to the much broader DoDwide consolidation that's just now getting off the ground.

"Our Air Force JIE strategy aligns very closely with the initial capabilities document that's forthcoming from the Joint Staff, and we're very heavy participants in that document as well," said Lt. Col. James Bowen, who leads JIE planning within the Air Force CIO's office. "We want to be engaged at the DoD level so that the tasks and the solutions we're being driven toward are things that we find acceptable and that meet our requirements. Our ability to shape JIE is just as important as our ability to adopt JIE."

The Air Force's influence on DoD's network interoperability plan is already apparent in a few areas.”

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