Accession Number:

ADA528029

Title:

Air Diplomacy: Protecting American National Interests

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

An American withdrawal from Iraq underway, significant troop reductions in Afghanistan planned for 2011, and the defense budget to begin declining next year -- all of these scenarios demand vigorous debate over the future of American engagement in the world. As the Obama administration looks to move away from dependence on hard power, the U.S. Air Force has an opportunity to become a vital diplomatic tool through air diplomacy. Air diplomacy is a proactive approach to preventing conflict by employing air power in nonkinetic operations as an instrument of national power. It can be critical in supporting U.S. foreign policy in the years to come. For the Air Force to remain relevant in a dynamic international environment, it must turn away from using an ad hoc and often disparate approach and move toward conducting deliberate diplomatic missions aimed at conflict prevention. The service needs a strategy to guide its diplomatic contribution to national objectives, consolidate its diplomatic missions, and maximize the utility of air diplomacy. After developing the air diplomacy concept, the Air Force should then promote it as a cost-effective alternative to the reactive use of hard power. Air diplomacy can also reduce a large overseas presence while maintaining relationships built over more than half a century. For air diplomacy to play a leading role in American foreign policy requires a discussion of its strengths and weaknesses. Four questions come to mind 1 How does the U.S. Air Force conduct air diplomacy 2 Why is air diplomacy increasingly important 3 Where does air diplomacy fit on the diplomatic spectrum and 4 What are the ends, ways, and means of an air diplomacy strategy

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE