This brochure highlights recent research conducted under the Workforce, Development, and Health program of RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF), targeting issues of enduring concern to DAF leaders. This overview is organized around the four action orders issued by the Air Force's Chief of Staff in December 2020.
Action Order A: Airmen
The USAF must "recruit, access, educate, train, experience, develop, and retain Airmen ... with the attributes required to compete, deter, and win in the high-end fight."
Action Order B: Bureaucracy
The USAF "must change its decision processes in order to make analytically-informed and timely decisions ... to enable the USAF to outpace key competitors' decision cycles."
Action Order C: Competition
"The USAF must accelerate its understanding and mastery of [long-term strategic competitions with the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation] to accrue warfighting advantages to the United States and U.S. allies and partners; enhance collective deterrence credibility; and drive the competitions to areas of U.S. advantages and/or competitors' weaknesses."
Action Order D: Design and Implementation
The USAF must "make force structure decisions in Fall 2020 and amend force planning processes to create the fiscal flexibility required to design and field the future force we need."
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