The Air Force Association is the leading voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family before, during and after their time in uniform. We are honored to serve as the only non-profit, professional military association that advocates for all Airmen: Active, Reserve, Guard, Civilians, Retirees, Veterans, Industry Partners, and their families. Through our pillars of connectivity, advocacy, and professional development, we value strength in community.

Government Relations

AFA’s Government Relations team is a well-recognized and consistent presence on Capitol Hill. We work to educate congressional leaders on Air Force budgets, programs, and issues and advocate AFA’s position on diverse issues affecting national security. We regularly host congressional outreach programs including briefings and targeted meetings, reaching hundreds of congressional members and staffers and aligning Air Force and congressional leaders on key Air Force issues. We also work with the Military Coalition (TMC) and the Defense Related Associations (DRA) to collectively advocate on issues and challenges facing U.S. service members and our members.

AFA Positions

AFA Position on the Proposed Establishment of a Space Force

The major elements of the Administration actions regarding Department of Defense (DOD) national security space include the following:

  • Creation of a new unified combatant command, the U.S. Space Command “to lead the use of space assets in warfighting and accelerate integration of space capabilities into other warfighting forces.” AFA ENDORSES the establishment of U.S. Space Command.
  • Proposal for Congress in the 2020 Budget to create the U.S. Space Force as the sixth armed service under the Department of the Air Force as a separate armed force analogous to the U.S. Marine Corps. AFA OPPOSES the establishment of the U.S. Space Force.
  • Creation of a Space Development Agency (SDA) “to develop and field space capabilities at speed and scale.” AFA OPPOSES the establishment of the Space Development Agency.

AFA Op-Eds

Tyndall and Offutt AFBs Need More Repair Money — and Fast - April 11, 2019 - Defense One 

Losing US Air Superiority Risks Ground Forces - April 18, 2018 - Defense News

Congress Risks National Security and US Aviation - January 16, 2018 - Federal Times

National security warrants focus on space - but not a separate Space Corps - October 27, 2017 - Defense News

Is Congress ready to ground the Air Force? - April 11, 2017 - Defense News

Mitchell Institute

AFA's  Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is an independent, nonpartisan policy research institute established to provide creative, insightful policy options that better empower our nation's leaders by: 

  • Informing the national security debate
  • Educating about aerospace power's unique role in securing America's global interests and
  • Cultivating airminded talent