Our nation is at war. Warriors must plan and orchestrate irregular warfare as
joint, multinational, and multi-agency
campaigns, beginning with the first efforts of strategy development and concluding with the achievement of the desired endstate. As Airmen, we have a unique warfighting perspective shaped by a century-long quest togain and maintain the high ground. We must be able to articulate Air Force capabilitiesand contributions to the irregular warfare fight, with its unique attributes andrequirements. Employed properly, airpower (to include air, space, and cyberspacecapabilities) produces asymmetric advantages that can be effectively leveraged by jointforce commanders in virtually every aspect of irregular warfare. Irregular warfare issufficiently different from traditional conflict to warrant a separate keystone doctrinedocument. While the fighting experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan should weigh heavilyin the development of our doctrine, we intend this doctrine document to be broad,enduring, and forward-looking, rather than focusing on any particular operation, currentor past.
T. MICHAEL MOSELEY
General, USAFChief of Staff