The Royal Air Force (RAF) has updated its strategy following last year’s Integrated Review, which set out the UK government’s ambition for the Armed Forces in the years to come.

As part of the change, the RAF has reconfigured its three core strategic objectives, which were largely unchanged for five years, to: ‘Succeed Today’, ‘Innovate for Tomorrow’ and ‘Value our People’.

“We operate in an era of strategic competition and confrontation, with nations actively destabilising the international order that we rely on for our security, stability and prosperity. This strategy should inspire, inform and cohere everything we do as a Service, so that together we will achieve the Royal Air Force vision to be the most operationally successful, agile and innovative Air Force in the world; always there for our nation,” said Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff.

Succeed Today

The RAF’s strategic objective of ‘Succeed Today’ is focused on maintaining its operational edge at home and overseas to protect the UK’s security, stability and prosperity.

“Faced with the global threat of growing climate change, we must also succeed in terms of resources and environment, which is why we are committed to becoming the world’s first net zero air force by 2040,” the RAF said.

Innovate for Tomorrow

Explaining the ‘Innovate for Tomorrow’ objective, the RAF said: “Our adversaries will develop and exploit new, rapidly evolving and proliferating technologies to challenge us for any operating advantage. Our systems must remain at the cutting edge of technology.

“We must be integrated across all five domains of air, land, sea, space and cyberspace as well as nationally across government, and engaged internationally with our allies and partners.

“Our purpose is enduring but the world around us is changing. To maintain our operational edge, we must constantly evolve and Innovate for Tomorrow through our Astra ways of working.”

Value our People

The RAF said its third objective, ‘Value our People’, was about making aviators, civil servants, contractors and industry partners “feel proud, confident, empowered and, most importantly, valued; not just for what they do, but for who they are and what they bring to the Royal Air Force. We are already an inclusive and diverse organisation, but we can always do more; inclusion is key to teamwork, and diversity enhances the Royal Air Force as a problem-solving organisation.”

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