Accession Number : AD1017988

Title :   Looking to the Future of the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air Force Institute of Technology WPAFB United States

Personal Author(s) : Evans,Robert C

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : Within the last few years, there has been a call to bring the nuclear mission back to what it was in the eyes of many Air Force leaders. The first leading step to developing the key nuclear mission set is standing up Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) to take the lead of organization and training of two thirds of the nuclear triad. To understand the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise, one needs to look to the past and see how Strategic Air Command (SAC) came into existences. The decades from the ending of SAC in 1991 to 2015 also impacted the culture of the nuclear mission.The first command to accept the nuclear mission sets, both bomber and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), after the end of the Cold War was Air Combat Command (ACC). The ICBMs would move out of ACC to Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in 1993. A thorough review was conducted of the surveys performed under each command to see how culture changed in the Nuclear Enterprise. The study highlights the positive and negative impacts on the current Nuclear Enterprise culture. The research goal is the nuclear mission has evolved and change in culture takes time.

Descriptors :   air force personnel , nuclear weapons , intercontinental ballistic missiles , united states government , case studies , military organizations , space missions , military applications , military standards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE