By Woody Parramore
Air Force Doctrine has a new home! All the Air Force Doctrine Documents (AFDD) on the AF e-Publishing website have been rescinded and replaced by the new Air Force doctrine website at http://doctrine.af.mil.
The Air Force Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Welsh III, approved the new website earlier this fall. He reaffirmed, “Our doctrine provides best practices for organizing, planning and employment that, when applied with an Airman’s unique perspective, deliver global airpower.” He encouraged Airmen to “take full advantage of this new tool as we continue to build upon our doctrinal foundation for future Airmen and provide unbeatable air power for America.”
Moving from AFDDs to the website offers several advantages. First, the website has a “wiki-like” feel to it that many Airmen will prefer when researching doctrine. Second, the search function allows viewers to rapidly find a topic, as well as view all references to that topic, throughout AF doctrine. Finally, the doctrine will have greater consistency in ideas and language.
In the past, with over 30 AFDDs, to affect a change across the doctrine library could take several years due to the lengthy revision cycle. This meant some AFDDs had obsolete terms and outdated ideas for far too long. By using a website, the AF can now avoid the inconsistencies and delays by making changes to the building blocks within the website, called doctrine topic modules, rather than revising an entire AFDD.
The website has more than 900 doctrine topic modules (DTM) organized into five core volumes with 29 supporting annexes. The five core volumes are basic doctrine, leadership, command, operations and support. The annexes were derived from rescinded AFDDs with most annexes having the same number as a corresponding joint publication. For example, Annex 3-01, Counterair Operations, relates to Joint Publication 3-01, Countering Air and Missile Threats, and Annex 3-14, Space Operations, relates to Joint Publication 3-14, Space Operations.
The new doctrine website was developed solely by the members of the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. Their innovation makes doctrine easier to search and keep current. Go to http://doctrine.af.mil, and check out how easy it is to navigate Air Force doctrine!