Year of the Defender

The Reconstitute Defender Initiative (RDI) is a multi-year approach to enhance mission effectiveness across the Security Forces career field. The RDI Plan was signed by the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Sept. 17, 2018. The plan’s objective is to restore readiness, revitalize Security Forces organizations at all levels, and build a more lethal force in accordance with Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force direction. There are eight distinct outcomes as a result of RDI, under which all tasks are aligned. They are improved Human Capital, Competent/Lethal Defenders, Improved Policy, Modern Equipment, Modern Weapons, Improved Facilities, Improved Infrastructure and Integrated Technology. The Air Force has initiated these enterprise-wide efforts to aggressively deliver Security Forces capable of protecting, defending and fighting to enable Air Force, Joint and Coalition missions across the full spectrum of operating environments.


"We must always take integrated and layered base defense to a new level by increasing investment in our defenders with new equipment, new training, new tactics, techniques, and procedures, and renewed focus at every echelon of command. This is the year of the defender, because we don’t project power without the network of bases and infrastructure needed to execute multi-domain operations."
Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff

"Throughout our 71-year history, we have had the primary task of defending the bases from which we project combat power. At the heart of this no-fail mission is the elite Defender who must be the best in the world at 21st century integrated base defense." 
Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, with Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff