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Air Force Posture Statement 2008: Department of Air Force Presentation to the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Fiscal Year 2009 Air Force Posture Statement

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This Statement articulates the major elements of our Air Force Posture - our strategy for fulfilling our role in defending the Nation and its interests our contributions to winning the Global War on Terrorism our most critical efforts and concerns and our top priority programs. Three overarching Service priorities serve as the organizing principles for all of our efforts Winning Todays Fight Taking Care of Our People and Preparing for Tomorrows Challenges. The Air Forces top acquisition priorities specifically begin to address our critical recapitalization and modernization needs the new Tanker KC-X the new Combat Search and Rescue Helicopter CSAR-X modern space systems to provide capabilities vital to our Joint warfighters the F-35A Lightning II and a new Bomber we intend to field by 2018. We will continue our efforts to modernize and protect Americas vital air, space, and cyberspace capabilities. We strongly recommend extending the existing C-130J production line. We are also concerned with preserving Americas aerospace industrial base. Additionally, we seek relief from restrictions on the retirement of aging, worn-out aircraft which are increasingly unsafe, unreliable, and obsolete. The Air Force is highly engaged in national efforts to assure sustainable energy, and we will continue to push the performance envelope on fuel efficiency and renewable energy technologies. We are committed to the Joint Basing initiative and want to work through the transfer of total obligation authority TOA and real property control without impacting command authorities, reducing installation service support, or negatively affecting quality of life. Finally, we will continue our practice of recruiting and retaining the worlds highest quality Airmen. We will build upon our successes in achieving Total Force Integration of our Regular, Guard, Reserve, and Civilian Airmen.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Aircraft
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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