The Latest Air Force Doctrine Arrives:

The Air Force Doctrine Center has now posted the 2006 version of Air Force Doctrine Document 2 on its Web site. In this first update since early 2002, only a few months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Air Force has added discussion of homeland defense/security operations and greatly expanded its presentation on effects-based operations. In a foreword to the 173-page document, Gen. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff, writes: “We are in the middle of a long, shadowy war that will be punctuated by episodes of full-up, conventional operations … We will be challenged to adapt well-practiced tactics and to think in new ways to solve unforeseen challenges. … Some aspects of warfighting, however, will remain constant. Our doctrine captures these enduring aspects.” He goes on to write that as technology and threats change, so must Air Force doctrine. Moseley urges every airman to be “articulate, knowledgeable, and unapologetic advocates of our doctrine.”