Once upon a time, the U.S. was the world’s sole military superpower. Commentators coined the phrase “the American way of war.” This term referred primarily to the employment of superior air and space capabilities to dominate the initial period of hostilities and determine their course and outcome. In fact, the U.S. military was dominant in virtually every domain of warfare for more than two decades.
The U.S. can no longer take its dominance as a given. While the U.S. military was focused on and invested in counter-terrorist/counter-insurgency warfare, Russia and China were investing in high-end conventional and nuclear weapons systems intended to counter U.S. technological advantages and even surpass our current capabilities. The combination of integrated air defenses, massive inventories of conventionally-armed ballistic and cruise missiles, space weapons, large numbers of increasingly-capable combat aircraft and advanced electronic warfare systems could negate U.S. military superiority. Russia, in particular, has been modernizing its ground forces. In recent exercises and in its operations in Ukraine, the Russian Army has demonstrated its ability to offensively employ drones, tactical aviation, long-range artillery, ballistic and cruise missiles and heavy armored forces.
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The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.
The U.S. Army’s mission is to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders. We do this by:
Executing Title 10 and Title 32 United States Code directives, to include organizing, equipping, and training forces for the conduct of prompt and sustained combat operations on land.
Accomplishing missions assigned by the President, Secretary of Defense and combatant commanders, and Transforming for the future.