Air Force (Air Force)
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The Department of the Air Force (USAF) was founded as part of the National Military Establishment by the National Security Act of 1947 (61 Stat. 502) and came into being Sept. 18, 1947. The National Security Act Amendments of 1949 redesignated the National Military Establishment as the Department of Defense, established it as an executive agency and made the USAF a military department within the DOD (63 Stat. 578). The Air Force is separately organized under the secretary of the Air Force. It operates under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of defense (10 U.S.C. 8010).
The Air Force consists of the office of the secretary of the Air Force, the air staff and field organizations. The secretary is responsible for matters pertaining to organization, training, logistical support, maintenance, welfare of personnel, administrative, recruiting, research and development, and other activities prescribed by the president or the secretary of defense. The mission of the air staff is to furnish professional assistance to the secretary, the undersecretary, the assistant secretaries and the chief of staff in executing their responsibilities.
The major commands, field operating agencies and direct reporting units together represent the field organizations of the Air Force. These are organized primarily on a functional basis in the United States and on an area basis overseas. These commands are responsible for accomplishing certain phases of the worldwide activities of the Air Force. They also are responsible for organizing, administering, equipping and training their subordinate elements for the accomplishment of assigned missions.
Major domestic elements of the Air Force involved in top-secret work include:
* Air Combat Command
* Air Force Information Operations Center (AFIOC)
* Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
* Air Force Space Command
* Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
(See also: Air Force intelligence.)
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Top Secret Work
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- Management consulting and administration
- Air and satellite operations
- Counter-drug operations
- Counter-IED explosives operations
- Disaster preparedness
- Facilities and Infrastructure
- Weapons technology
- Information technology
- Nuclear operations
- Staffing and personnel
- Psychological operations
- Building and personal security
- Specialized military operations
- Technical intelligence
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