The US Air Force (USAF) leaders have directed the implementation of a new warfighting planning process, which aims to allow the airforce to address future threats more efficiently.

The USAF needs to be able to innovate and operate faster and more effectively than its potential adversaries in the present technologically competitive, multi-polar world.

Planning and development are sub-divided into 12 core functions such as rapid global mobility and air superiority under the force’s current design model, and are managed across seven major commands.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said: “The airforce needs to plan across stove pipes to prepare for warfare of the future.

"AFWIC will help us evolve and transform our processes and organisations to meet the challenges of future warfighting."

“This will change the way we develop air force programmes and budgets to face threats from high-end adversaries.”

Wilson and Air Force chief of staff general David L. Goldfein previously launched an interim effort to move forward with an airforce warfighting integration capability (AFWIC) in October last year.

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A 70-person team consisting of airmen from across the USAF has been set up to develop the AFWIC under the initiative.

Goldfein said: “Warfighting in the 21st century is all about multi-domain integration, agility in decision-making and speed of action.

“We must consistently innovate, integrate and field capabilities more effectively than our adversaries.

“AFWIC will help us evolve and transform our processes and organisations to meet the challenges of future warfighting.”

AFWIC will explore and develop new solutions, as well as create an integrated family of concepts and direct capability development efforts across the USAF.

Goldfein further noted that the organisation will also develop a single, multi-domain strategy that will identify, guide and prioritise future development within the airforce in order to help enhance the USAF’s agility, readiness and lethality in the joint fight.