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United States Air Force Academy

Strategic Plan

Cadets marching into graduation


The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force’s premier institution for developing leaders of character.


To educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force in service to our nation.


Integrity First – Service Before Self – Excellence In All We Do



  • GOAL 1: Inspire and reinforce a culture of living honorably.
    • Objective 1.1. Institutionally embrace the Air Force Core Values and the Leader of Character Framework.

    • Objective 1.2. Uphold dignity and respect as fundamental to character and leadership.

    • Objective 1.3. Promote an equitable and inclusive culture that leverages diversity as a strategic imperative.

    • Objective 1.4. Foster and maintain a safe environment free of discrimination, harassment, and violence.

  • GOAL 2: Prepare for future conflict.
    • Objective 2.1. Provide robust foundational education to prepare warfighters for the future fight.

    • Objective 2.2. Facilitate future conflict learning through integrated research and laboratory applications.

    • Objective 2.3. Build experiences to synthesize the skills necessary to prepare warfighters for the future fight.

  • GOAL 3: Foster a culture that embraces innovation, fueled by Airmen and Guardians.
    • Objective 3.1. Educate and inspire Airmen and Guardians in cultural and procedural innovation to shift the institutional mindset.

    • Objective 3.2. Construct and sustain physical and digital infrastructure to facilitate innovative mission assurance.
    • Objective 3.3. Expand and maintain innovation communities and partnerships to increase the flow of ideas.

  • GOAL 4: Execute operations in an integrated, accountable, and agile manner.
    • Objective 4.1. Enhance institutional effectiveness by collecting, analyzing, and socializing data, instilling a culture of assessment, supporting integrative solutions, and optimizing current resources.

    • Objective 4.2. Increase organizational accountability and mission readiness by aligning policies with pertinent oversight and education, evaluating programs, and providing timely feedback.
    • Objective 4.3. Facilitate a structure for a shared vision, resourcing alignment, sustainment of processes, and instill corporate discipline driven by the mission, strategic plan, and the Academy’s established priorities.
Application of Engineering Problem-Solving Methods

Ethics and Respect for Human Dignity

Scientific Reasoning and The Principles of Science

Clear Communication

National Security of the American Republic

Leadership, Teamwork, and Organizational Management

Critical Thinking

Warrior Ethos as Airmen and Citizens

The Human Condition, Cultures, and Societies