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Aerospace Integration, Not Separation

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Continuous revitalization has long been a hallmark of the United States Air Force USAF. Our service has renewed itself over the years with new technologies, new operational concepts, and new leadership. This trait, although fatiguing at times, is recognized by all as critical to our long-term strength. One of the latest steps in this process is called aerospace integration. It embodies our organizational commitment to change the way we think about air and space power. In essence, we are committed to becoming an aerospace force, operating in a seamless medium unconstrained by arbitrary divisions of the vertical dimension. This is no easy goal. It will prove difficult to obtain. However, it is a necessary step if we are to progress as a leading-edge institution. Aerospace integration is not a new concept. It was the norm during the cold war. Satellites, bombers, and missiles combined to produce nuclear deterrence. Aerospace integration can also be understood as part of a series of internal USAF integrations. Bombers, educators, and scientists have all been affected by previous mergers. The result of these mergers is not that all parts are interchangeable and everyone looks the same. Rather, it is that all parts retain their identities while working together for a common purpose. This is the goal of aerospace integration enhance the USAFs overall warfighting performance across each aerospace capability. While retaining their separate credentials and expertise, those who fly and develop satellites, bombers, and transports will better integrate their efforts. Because air and space systems work together and because air and space technologies are rapidly advancing, integration of aerospace priorities is fundamental to improving the warfighting capabilities of the joint team and the nation. Now is the time for continued aerospace integration, not separation

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Manned Spacecraft

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