Air Force Strategy: Sovereign Options for Securing Global Stability and Prosperity
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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The mission of the United States Air Force is to deliver sovereign options for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests to fly, fight, and win in Air, Space, and Cyberspace. Today the United States stands at a strategic crossroads. This junction is characterized by rapid growth of the global economy accompanied by diffusion of technology, new and increasingly complex economic and international relationships, and potential competition for resources and influence. This strategic context demands that we retain our position of international political and military leadership because security and economic health closely intertwine with international political stability and economic prosperity. We are the leader in a global system predicated on stable, peaceful relations among nations. We prosper in large measure because we are part of a system of mutually beneficial exchanges between states. Following World War II, the United States played the leading role in creating, preserving, and protecting this international system as the community of free democratic nations grew. This leadership led in large part to the fall of the Soviet regime and provided the stable backdrop against which countries like Japan, India, and China initiated their unprecedented economic growth. Absent the relative long-term stability of the global environment facilitated by American diplomacy and underwritten by the strength of our armed forces, neither the international system, nor the United States would enjoy its current level of security and prosperity. We cannot abdicate our position of political and military leadership without grave consequences.
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