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Current Doctrine

The Doctrine section manages the production of Air Force's philosophical level doctrine. The section coordinates the input from various subject matter experts to produce material that will shape our Air Force's intellectual and operational air power employment. There are several Air Force doctrinal publications available on our website.

  • AAP 1000-F The Future Air and Space Operating Concept articulates the RAAF's preferred aim point during implementation of the 2006-2016 Defence Capability Plan. This document provides strategic guidance for those who will transition our Air Force through the future; whose role it is to collectively shape and become the Air Force we aspire to be.
  • AAP 1000-D The Air Power Manual - sixth edition - was launched on the 12th of March 2014 at the RAAF Air Power Conference, celebrating a Century of Military Aviation in Australia. This is our capstone doctrine, describing the principles used by Air Force to generate, employ and sustain air power and how air power influences national security.
  • AAP 1000-H The Australian Experience of Air Power - second edition - is the companion volume to the Air Power Manual. This concise document collates the key points of our air power evolution as our past informs our present and its lessons guide our future.

Air Force doctrine evolves as new knowledge and technology influence our capabilities. The Air Force has recently acquired, or soon will, a range of exciting capabilities to complement its proven ones. Capabilities mean nothing without the skills and intellect of a balanced, inclusive, workforce drawn from the Australian population. To ensure Air Force doctrine remains relevant throughout this evolution, the section works closely with the APDC's Education and Development sections.

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