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Reoptimization for Great Power Competition

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CSAF Leadership Short on Great Power Competition - What is Great Power Competition?
Air Force Television Pentagon (SAF/PAI)
Video by Juan Femath
March 1, 2024 | 1:12
What is Great Power Competition? Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin explains his perspective on it and the role the Air Force plays in ensuring our nation's military superiority. #reoptimization #DAFGPC More

Air Force & Space Force announce sweeping changes to maintain superiority amid Great Power Competition

The United States faces a time of consequence marked by significant shifts in the strategic environment. To remain ready, the U.S. Air Force must change.

In early 2024, the Department of the Air Force unveiled sweeping plans for reshaping, refocusing, and reoptimizing the Air Force and Space Force to ensure continued supremacy in their respective domains while better posturing the services to deter and, if necessary, prevail in an era of Great Power Competition. Through a series of 24 DAF-wide key decisions, four core areas which demand the Department’s attention will be addressed: Develop People, Generate Readiness, Project Power and Develop Capabilities.

Today, the Air Force once again finds itself at a critical juncture—an era of Great Power Competition marked by a new security environment, a rapidly evolving character of war, and a formidable competitor. This new era requires understanding its challenges and the attributes needed to succeed.

Embracing change is not a choice; it is a necessity. The Air Force must “reoptimize” into an enterprise prepared for high-end conflicts and long-term strategic competition.


Space Force Great Power Competition

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