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Secretary of the Air Force message (3 Aug 2017):


"The Air Force has too many directive publications. They are often outdated and inconsistent, breeding cynicism when Airmen feel they cannot possibly follow every written rule. They are sometimes too rigid, slowing adaptation and discouraging new ideas. The result is distraction and inefficiency - when we specify the trivial, we lose focus on the important. Over the next 24 months, we will systematically review, reduce, and clarify all Air Force directive publications. The men and women of the United States Air Force command history's most lethal force. Therefore, we trust you can make the right decisions based on our values, your training, the mission, and your experience. Where possible, instructions will allow commanders to exercise good judgment and waive requirements at the lowest appropriate level. The focus will be identifying best practices and concentrating on values, mission, and results.”


SECAF Memos on Air Force Publication Reduction:

#1 - 3 Aug 2017

#2 - 11 Aug 2017
#3 - 31 Oct 2017

#4 - 19 Apr 2019