Among the many achievements of the Air Force he led during his tenure as its Chief of Staff, Gen. Lew Allen, Jr., may in the long run have had the most profound effects through Project Warrior. It is a new program whose goal is to create and maintain and environment for Air Force people to think and plan in warfighting terms.
ObjectivesThe objectives of Project Warrior are simply stated:• Identify ways to improve the warfighting spirit and perspective of Air Force people, and • Encourage an improved understanding of the theory and practice of war, with particular emphasis on the contribution of airpower to help plan better for the future.
In announcing the program to Air Force major commands and separate operating agencies, General Allen said that for Project Warrior to be effective, “it must provide maximum latitude for each organization to tailor their program to meet their special needs.” He especially emphasized that it is not to be a “square-filling” exercise.
General O’Malley stresses the importance of Air Force people looking at their service as a profession, and to avoid the eight-to-five “occupational” syndrome. He says it’s important for Air Force people to develop a frame of mind that contemplates the role and the functions of airpower.
Under “education,” the Air Force is establishing a professional studies support program. It is composed of selected readings, discussion guides, wargaming resources, and other media to develop individual understanding of military strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as a better appreciation of the role of airpower in the nation’s deterrent and defense policy.
Target date for total program implementation is September 1.
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