Secretary of the Air Force: We will radically reduce instructions

Updated: Aug. 4, 2017 at 12:21 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - The Secretary of the Air Force announced Friday that the USAF will work to significantly reduce "unnecessary" instructions over the next two years in an effort to create "greater flexibility" and "mission focus".

Secretary Heather Wilson spoke to a room full of new Air Force fellows at the National Defense University in Washington, telling them that 1,300 official instructions are often outdated and inconsistent.

"Let's not tell Airmen how to do everything. Let's tell them what to do and let them surprise us with their ingenuity," she said.

"Secretary Wilson and I trust our Airmen will make the right decision, based on the values, training and experience the Air Force has provided them," said Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff. "By reducing the number of Air Force directives we are trusting our Airmen and pushing down decision authority to commanders."

Wilson said the first step will be immediate rescission to "significantly reduce the number of publications, and make sure the remaining ones are current and relevant."

She added that the second step will involve reviewing all other directive publications from Headquarters Air Force, which include "more than 130,000 compliance items at the wing level."

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