HACSTRAT is a conscious, deliberate and strategic approach to do capability differently. It provides the framework to enable us to deliver air and space power capability for the joint force in a strategic, contemporary, integrated and agile way.
HACSTRAT clearly details the way Air & Space Capability will imagine, analyse and invest in our future capability under three lines of effort.
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1 - DEVELOP AIR & SPACE POWER FOR THE FUTURE FORCE
Key aim: Use a strategy-led capability design model to create an Air and Space Power Blueprint to imagine, conceptualise and shape capability acquisition and sustainment for the future force
Under this line of effort we will develop an Air and Space Power Blueprint to articulate the future through a capability lens. The Blueprint will provide an outline of a force that is fit-for-purpose, resource aware and has been tested to best meet the strategic guidance and desired future. It will consider how to best balance resources to optimise capability, minimise risk, and develop a strong sovereign industry base. The Blueprint will be tested, contested, refined and continually updated to adapt to meet the joint force’s capability needs at the speed of relevance.
As a potent Air Force our relationships are pivotal to delivering air and space power in a dynamic and challenging strategic environment. Relationships are a distinct element in our competitive advantage. The only way we can effectively leverage our partners’ expertise into the very best capability for Australia’s defence is by working closer together with internal, industry and international partners.
2 - AGILE CREATIVE EFFECTS FOR TRANSIENT ADVANTAGE
Key aim: Ensuring that novelty and creativity are central characteristics of our force design – enabling air and space power to be applied in ways that cannot easily be anticipated by competitors.
As we project today’s trends into the future, we see significant increases in computational power, advanced manufacturing, miniaturisation, sophisticated sensors, enhanced access to space, and artificial intelligence. When you combine this with cyber, geostrategic circumstances and global power shifts, you start to see an incredibly high tech, fast moving and complex battlespace.
Creativity is required to maximise Air Force’s value to the joint force in an environment of strategic competition. This Line of Effort is our commitment to ensuring that novelty and creativity are embedded into our capability approaches and maximised in our people. Creative and non-prescriptive compositions of platforms, capabilities and priorities are central to being able to apply air and space power in ways that cannot easily be anticipated by competitors or adversaries.
3 - CONCEIVE & DEVELOP FUTURE WORKFORCE
Key aim: To conceptualise the future workforce requirements to realise the Air and Space Power Blueprint and to drive creativity and agility across all levels of the force.
Our future force will be powered by the talent of our people with the right skills, in the right environments, within a supportive culture. This line of effort is about planning for the workforce requirements for the Air and Space Power Blueprint, and enabling creativity and agility across all levels of the force.
In defining our future workforce needs, we need to take into account the lead times for emergent capabilities. We also need to understand the workforce of tomorrow will be technology enabled, use AI and robotics to augment roles, and be highly reliant on trusted human/machine relationships.
We need to be open-minded about how we achieve air and space power as we plan for the future. Our people will always be our most important asset, however our talent mix will change to support a sophisticated blend of capabilities.