First, we need to recognize what organizations and commanders have missions and functions.
Only combatant commanders have missions. Departments and Services have functions.
From 10 USC Section 161 (a)(1): “(the President) shall establish unified combatant command and specified combatant commands to perform military missions . . .”
From 10 USC Section 9013(b): “. . . The Secretary of the Air Force is responsible for, and has the authority necessary to conduct, all affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the following functions: . . “
The functions of the Air Force are detailed in DODD 5100.01, Functions of the Department of Defense and Its Major Components.
That’s the big picture legal and regulatory answer. Missions vs. functions is only part of the puzzle.
The Air Force established Service Core Functions (SCFs), which were originally incorporated in the 2009 AFDD 1, Air Force Basic Doctrine. We removed them in 2013 when we transitioned to the current web-based doctrine, giving the information back to HAF/A8, who had originally produced them. As promulgated originally, the SCFs were policy/programmatics, run by MAJCOMs. Subsequently, the Air Staff produced five Air Force core missions, intended for use in strategic documents, not doctrine.
In other words, missions of combatant commanders and functions of Services are one aspect of the terms. But internal to the Air Force, Service core functions and Service core missions are Air Staff products that are not doctrine.
US Air Force doctrine unifies fundamental doctrine concepts of all USAF operations into three volumes:
I. Basic DoctrineII. LeadershipIII. Command
If you've been tasked to review DTMs from the website, here's how to do it:
1. Click on the link provided in the tasking email, which goes to the table of contents page (TOC) for the applicable Volume/Annex.
a. The TOC page represents each associated Doctrine Topic Module (DTM). Click on a DTM title to open the DTM for review.
2. Review each DTM for currency
a. Identify any DTM(s) requiring updates using the DTM Review Matrix provided in the tasking email.
b. Return DTM Review Matrix according to instruction in the tasking email.
3. See the slide here for a visual example of the DTMs in their natural habitat.
a. This is an Adobe Acrobat™ preference on your computer.
b. To change the setting open Adobe Acrobat™ and do the following:
1. Open the [Edit] Menu and select [Preferences]2. One the left side menu select [Internet]3. Under Web Browser Options, uncheck the [Display PDF in browser] box.4. Click Ok
Since Air Force basic and operational doctrine is now fully web-based, cite the information as you would any other website. If writing for an Air Force audience, use the rules and format contained in the Air University Style and Author Guide (AU-1) or the Tongue and Quill (AFH 33-337), both derived from the Chicago Manual of Style. If writing for another agency or school, refer to the style manual and format they recommend.
Here is an example of how to cite a DTM using the Air University Style and Author Guide (AU-1):
LeMay Center for Doctrine, "Airpower," https://doctrine.af.mil/download.jsp?filename=V1-D10-Airpower.pdf. The format is: "LeMay Center for Doctrine" is used as the source name, the title of the DTM or Volume/Annex is in quotation marks, and the URL for the information is provided in full. Note that you do not need to add "(accessed Day Month 2013)" unless information is particularly time sensitive.
If you're simply referring to a specific piece of Air Force doctrine in an Air Force document (e.g., an AFI or a lesson plan), just refer to the volume or annex, its number, and its title. Examples: Volume 1, Basic Doctrine, or Annex 3-01, Counterair Operations. If you mix references to joint and Air Force doctrine, feel free to add the words "Air Force doctrine" before the words "Volume" or "Annex" to avoid confusion (e.g., Air Force doctrine Volume 1, Basic Doctrine). We use plain text; no abbreviations need apply.
When you're building your reference list (e.g., a list of cited sources, or a bibliography) at the end of a document, it's perfectly fine to simply reference our website, https://doctrine.af.mil, rather than laboriously listing each volume or annex cited. They're all in the same place!
If you need to formally cite information, make sure to use the standard citation format described in the FAQ, "I am writing a paper. How do I formally cite doctrinal information from this website?"
You need to install a DoD Root Certificate, which is a digital document providing the identity of a web site or individuals.
A certificate is a digital document providing the identity of a website or individual. The trustworthiness of any certificate is only as good as the dependability and trustworthiness of the authority who issued the certificate. When you receive this error, your browser is warning you that the certificate, for the site you're attempting to access, has not been issued by an authority trusted by your browser. Web browsers come preloaded with a set of certificate authorities that the developer of the browser believes to be trustworthy. Unfortunately, the DoD Certificate Authority (CA) is often not on this list.
The certificates that identify this site have been issued by the DoD CA. In order for your browser to recognize the DoD CA as a trustworthy certificate provider, you must have the DoD Root Certificate installed in your browser. Once this root certificate is installed, your browser will recognize the DoD CA as a trusted authority and accept the certificates without warnings. Visit the following page to download the DoD/ECA Root Certificates: http://iase.disa.mil/pki-pke/function_pages/tools.html or http://dodpki.c3pki.chamb.disa.mil/rootca.html