PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The Air Force released its proposed FY10 force structure announcement today, supported by the FY10 President's Budget, resulting in an increase in personnel throughout Air Force Space Command, civilian and military.
"The proposed increase of approximately 700 positions across the command will help AFSPC meet our ongoing commitment to space and cyberspace missions," said Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of AFSPC.
Final decisions will be made only after the appropriate environmental analyses have been completed and the National Environmental Protection Act conformity requirements have been met, according to the USAF Force Structure announcement.
"The proposed Air Force end strength supports its emerging Total Force missions to provide unsurpassed Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power...to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. It also complements AFSPC's recently released vision statement" he said.
VISION: Vital to today's fight and the future of US national security, Air Force Space Command will be the leading source of emerging and integrated space and cyberspace capabilities to deliver responsive, assured and decisive power to America and its warfighting commands.
The force structure announcement is a result of the continual review process ensuring Air Force senior leaders are using their manpower positions and assets for the highest priorities.
"A balanced approach means finding the right balance between prevailing in today's operations with today's capabilities, while simultaneously investing in new capabilities and force structure to meet tomorrow's threats," said Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley.
According to the report, the force structure changes will enhance the Air Force's ability to create, protect and sustain all air, space and cyberspace forces across the full range of military operations and will help the Service meet Joint and Air Force recapitalization benchmarks.
"America's ability to operate effectively across the spectrum of conflict is enabled by our space and cyberspace capabilities. The Air Force is "All In" today's Joint fight and AFSPC is fully engaged as shown in our mission statement," General Kehler said.
MISSION: AFSPC provides an integrated constellation of space and cyberspace capabilities at the speed of need. This unique capacity and perspective, fielded by a battle-ready, responsive and forward-thinking team of America's best, is the engine
behind precision strike, global awareness and data connectivity capabilities crucial to the Joint Forces and key to the future US military advantage.
Operating within the cyberspace domain has become an increasingly critical requirement for our networked force. The force structure changes will better reflect the missions AFSPC Airmen are accomplishing, such as providing early warning, space situational awareness, military satellite communications, positioning, navigation and timing and weather capabilities.
Editor's Note: The FY10 AF Force Structure Announcement and briefing can be found at: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123156183.