Author Topic: A 10-year Plan: An Air Force Strategy - Australian Strategic Policy Institute  (Read 1569 times)

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Chief of the RAAF, Air Vice Marshal Leo Davies, outlines the RAAF's 10-year strategic plan.  While not a White Paper, the Aussies seem to have the will to make a coherent strategic plan.

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Despite having a range of classified and unclassified strategic level documents, an unprecedented capability modernisation program, and a strong record of operational success, the RAAF has lacked a coherent document that outlined where we are heading as an organisation.

In other words, we don’t have a formally documented and widely-accessible Air Force Strategy. Plan Jericho made a good start but its focus on war-fighting meant it cannot fully substitute for a comprehensive Air Force strategy.

Integration is increasingly critical for air power and warfighting. All three Services, our Defence civilian specialists and our partner Groups are aware that our individual strength will fall short of delivering the combat power needed to assure Government, the Australian people, our coalition partners and regional neighbours of the extent of our capabilities.

This integration is the baseline of the Air Force strategy.

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/10-year-plan-air-force-strategy/
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Can you imagine the uproar in this country if the Commander of the RCAF:
(i) made a speech like that - especially this part " Integration is increasingly critical for air power and warfighting. All three Services, our Defence civilian specialists and our partner Groups are aware that our individual strength will fall short of delivering the combat power needed to assure Government, the Australian people, our coalition partners and regional neighbours of the extent of our capabilities.";
(ii) spoke with such clarity and purpose at event partly or mostly sponsored by Boeing;
(iii) dared to utter the words "Corporals are our most junior leaders and leadership belongs at every level of Air Force. It is not just me and my team in the headquarters who lead the delivery of air power.?"
(iv) created a strategy with an entire vector devoted to "Joint Warfighting" and therein made these statements "This will mean moving beyond the ‘philosophy’ of joint into an integrated reality where Air Force trains, exercises and deploys as the air power element of every ADF operation....  ‘Joint by Design’ means we must invest in gaining the trust of our Navy and Army."

Sounds to me like the RAAF is allowed to think and express itself with some degree of political support, even when the government itself is on shaky ground ...