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Air Force Doctrine


The Doctrine Section is concerned with the strategic dimensions of the Air Force's current approach to the generation and application of its air power. This section develops the RAAF's air power doctrine at the strategic level through the synthesis of historical analysis, current practice, and the confirmed results of experimentation with new concepts.

The Doctrine Section studies air power issues, papers and doctrine from a wide range of military partners and other agencies. These studies are aimed at positioning the foundations of the Air Force's air power to align with the demands of a whole of government approach to national security and to facilitate interoperability with allies and coalition partners.

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

  • 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 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 ASPC's Education and Development sections.