America's Air Force: The Nation's Guardian
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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I am deeply honored to contribute this essay to Joint Force Quarterly. It is altogether fitting for the Chairmans journal to dedicate an issue to airpower, especially so close to the 60th anniversary of an independent U.S. Air Force. I will leave it to others featured in this issue to discuss the contributions of American airpower as it has evolved over the past 100 years, from the creation of the Aeronautical Division in August 1907, through the establishment of an independent Air Force in September 1947, to the mighty organization that I am privileged to lead today. Instead, I want to use this opportunity to acquaint our brothers and sisters in arms-the entire joint team serving our great nation-with the strategy I have charted for Americas Air Force. This strategy defines the Air Forces indispensable role in promoting and defending the national interest and outlines the urgent actions necessary to cope with todays and tomorrows challenges. Consider this essay a definitive statement of your Air Forces intent to maintain its role as the Nations guardian-Americas force of first and last resort. Consider it also a tribute to Airmen-those who have gone before me and those I lead today.
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