CSAF's Scope highlights air dominance with F-22, F-35

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The CSAF's Scope focuses on current topics the Air Force chief of staff feels are of special importance to today's Airmen.

Among Gen. T. Michael Moseley's top issues this month is the Air Force's air dominance in the future.

Two key parts of the Air Force's future success in air dominance focuses on the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.

"The first step in recapitalizing our aging fighter fleet is fielding the F-22 to replace the F-15C (Eagle) as our front-line air dominance fighter," General Moseley said. "Controlling the sky is the first and most fundamental step in any joint operation."

Let there be no doubt about it -- the F-22 will be the primary aircraft responsible for countering aerial threats from the bad guys, and "ensuring our nation's air, land and sea forces access for many decades to come," he said. "On my watch as the lead Airman of this great Air Force, I will not allow air dominance to be taken for granted."

In this month's CSAF's Scope, the Air Force's top Airman also addresses the importance of the role the F-35 will play on the battlefields of tomorrow.

"We'll make the same logical steps as we field the F-35 Lightning II in the coming years," the chief of staff said drawing on the vast experience of the Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15E Strike Eagle pilots the last 30 years.

"At the end of the day our Air Force must be able to hold global targets at risk for our nation," he said.

Other topics on the CSAF's Scope include unmanned aerial vehicles, the Airman's Creed and test, as well as Air Force medical care. The general has written a brief explanation of each topic so Airmen can better understand the issues he is working and why they are important to the Air Force's senior leaders.

The CSAF's Scope is available on the Air Force official Web site at http://www.af.mil/library/cscope.asp.

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