Department of the Air Force

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Department of the Air Force

Tara Padua

LSTD300 Administrative Law and Policy

American Military University

Professor Andria Kerney

Department of the Air Force

How the Department of the Air Force Operates under the Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest employer in the world, employing approximately 3.2 million people on active duty, in the reserves, and in the civilian sector.1 The Department of Defense, an independent agency, operates under the jurisdiction of the federal Government. There are three departments within the Department of Defense: the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Air Force.2 The Department of the Air Force was formed on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It included several different agencies and units within the United States Air Force which are broken down to the lowest division to ensure a proper chain of command exists. Prior to the National Security Act, the “Air Force” as it is known today, was then known as the Army Air Corp. The purpose of the Department is to provide homeland security and the protection of American interest abroad via the armed forces, acting on the command of the President, U.S. Congress, and the Secretary of Defense.
The National Security Act of 1947 became law on 26 July 1947. The lawmakers stated their intentions in a declaration of Policy at the beginning to the act: To provide a comprehensive program for the future security of the United States; to provide three military departments: the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force; to provide for their coordination and unified direction under civilian control and to provide or the effective strategic direction and operation of the armed forces under unified control.3

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