United States Department of the Air Force

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Department of the Air Force
(DAF)
Seal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg
Seal of the U.S. Department of the Air Force
Agency overview
FormedSeptember 18, 1947; 72 years ago (1947-09-18)
Preceding agency
Jurisdiction United States Air Force
HeadquartersThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Employees330,159 Regular Air Force
151,360 Civilians
68,872 Air Force Reserve
94,753 Air National Guard
Annual budget$170,239,441,000
(FY2018)
Agency executives
Parent agencyU.S. Department of Defense
Websitewww.af.mil

The Department of the Air Force (DAF) is one of the three Military Departments within the Department of Defense of the United States of America. The Department of the Air Force was formed on September 18, 1947, per the National Security Act of 1947 and it includes all elements and units of the United States Air Force (USAF).

The Department of the Air Force is headed by the Secretary of the Air Force (SAF/OS), a civilian, who has the authority to conduct all of its affairs, subject to the authority, direction and control of the Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of the Air Force's principal deputy is the Under Secretary of the Air Force (SAF/US). Their senior staff assistants in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force are four Assistant Secretaries for Acquisition, Financial Management & Comptroller, Installations, Environment & Logistics, Manpower & Reserve Affairs and a General Counsel. The highest-ranking military officer in the department is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force who is the senior military adviser to the Secretary, represents the Air Force on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, heads the Air Staff and is assisted by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

By direction of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Air Force assigns Air Force units – apart from those units performing duties enumerated in 10 U.S.C. § 8013 unless otherwise directed – to the combatant commands. Only the Secretary of Defense and the President have the authority to approve transfer of forces between combatant commands.

Organizational structure[edit]

See Structure of the United States Armed Forces

Headquarters Air Force[1][edit]

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force seal.jpg Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png The Air Staff

Budget[edit]

According to the FY2019_Budget_Request_Overview_Book[2] | 8-12, the Department of Defense claims the Department of the Air Force is as follows

Department of the Air Force
Air Force Base + OCO + Emergency FY 2018 FY 2019 Request Delta

FY19 - FY18

Military Personnel 35,607,366 38,954,308 +3,346,942
Operation and Maintenance 58,191,005 61,407,391 +3,216,386
Procurement 45,654,160 50,541,275 +4,887,115
RDT&E 28,198,426 40,492,614 +12,294,188
Military Construction 2,191,451 2,303,699 +112,248
Family Housing 333,500 395,720 +62,220
Revolving and Management Funds 63,533 77,644 +14,111
Total 170,239,441 194,172,651 +23,933,210

*$ in Millions

Numbers May Not Add Due to Rounding

Space Force proposal[edit]

On March 1, 2019, the Department of Defense sent a proposal to Congress that would establish the United States Space Force as an independent military service within the Department of the Air Force. In addition, the proposal would create an Undersecretary of the Air Force for the Space Force to provide civilian oversight, as well as providing the Space Force with a distinct budget.[3]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Force Senior Leaders". Retrieved on 14 December 2017
  2. ^ "FY2019_Budget_Request_Overview_Book.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  3. ^ https://media.defense.gov/2019/Mar/01/2002095012/-1/-1/1/UNITED-STATES-SPACE-FORCE-STRATEGIC-OVERVIEW.PDF

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