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Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.1

Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.1

BY ORDER OF THE

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE OPR: HQ AFDC/DR (Lt Col Tommy Bowermeister, USAF) Certified by: HQ AFDC/DR (Col Roger Philipsek, USAF) Pages: 52 Distribution: F Approved by: RONALD E. KEYS, Maj Gen, USAF Commander, HQ Air Force Doctrine Center AIR FORCE DOCTRINE DOCUMENT 2–1.1 6 MAY 1998

FOREWORD The mission of the United States Air Force (USAF) is to defend the United States through the exploitation of air and space. A major function of the USAF is to gain and maintain control of the air and space environment. Control of the air is a necessity in modern warfare. Airmen have sought and gained air superiority in every major US conflict since World War II. Air superiority is normally the first priority of US forces whenever the enemy possesses a credible air and/or missile threat. Counterair is more than just force protection or air and missile defense. It must also attack the enemy’s capabilities forcing them to react. And counterair is more than just airpower. Counterair is a joint team effort, gained and maintained by a combination of command and control systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms, airto-air and air-to-ground aircraft and missiles as well as air defense weapons. Counterair is the primary function used to gain and maintain air superiority. Air and space superiority—A USAF core competency i

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