Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., signed the service’s first publication of Agile Combat Employment Doctrine on December 9, codifying an operational maneuver plan proactive and reactive to increase survivability while generating combat power along the continuum of integrated deterrence.
Working with experts from across the service, the LeMay Center developed Air Force Doctrine Note 1-21, Agile Combat Employment, to serve as the foundation for operational ACE doctrine. AFDN 1-21 provides guidance for Airmen to innovate quickly and generate discussions across the force to develop new best practices.
The link to AFDN 1-21, ACE, can be found here AFDN 1-21, Agile Combat Employment
“The rapid development of guidance is critical to accelerating change for our service and our joint teammates,” said Major General William Holt, commander of the LeMay Center. “This doctrine note represents another important step in our ability to develop and leverage emerging doctrine. ”
AFDN 1-21 will complicate and create dilemmas in an adversary targeting process while creating flexibility for friendly forces to gain an operational advantage. To deter and win, the essential elements of ACE are posture, command and control, movement and maneuver, protection and sustainment.
“Future conflicts will never be like wars of the past, and that is why we must strive to train versatile and strategically minded aviators today, so that they can compete, deter and win tomorrow,” Air Force Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass said. “AFDN 1-21 features expeditionary and multi-role aviators in doctrine capable of performing tasks outside of their Air Force base specialty to provide combat support and combat logistics support to elements of the air force. the ACE force.
Our adversaries around the world have increasing capacities to endanger our main bases of operations. Peer adversaries have made rapid technological advancements in small unmanned aircraft systems as well as cruise, ballistic and hypersonic missiles. This, combined with a reduction in overseas operating locations, means the Air Force can no longer view MOBs as sanctuaries from attack. The Air Force must adapt to this new paradigm to maintain an effective force in combat. Airmen should expect to conduct operations at a speed, scope, complexity and scale beyond recent campaigns from distributed locations.
“Over the past year, we have reaped several benefits by adopting this same doctrine development approach with the Air Force’s role in joint operations across all areas resulting in AFDP 3-99,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Major, Director of Air Force Doctrine Development. “I think we’ll see the same for ACE as our Airmen use the doctrine note as a benchmark to help create new best practices that we can then incorporate into current doctrine and use to inform future doctrine.”
The LeMay Center serves as the CSAF’s lead agent for doctrine, lessons learned, and provides Air Force input to joint doctrine. The center also contributes to the development of concepts and strategies. For all doctrinal issues, Air Force organizations coordinate directly with the LeMay Center.
If you have doctrinal comments or would like to participate in future ACE doctrine development events, please submit your information and relevant doctrinal expertise to [email protected]