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Air force

An branch of the military establishment that is responsible for aerial warfare as distinct from an army, navy or other branch. Typically, air forces are responsible for gaining control of the air, carrying out strategic and tactical bombing missions and providing support to surface forces.

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active force protection

Military; Air force

Measures to defend against or counter a perceived or actual threat and, if necessary, to deny, defeat, or destroy hostile forces in the act of targeting Air Force assets.

advanced cruise missile (ACM)

Military; Air force

An air-launched vehicle designed to deliver a nuclear warhead in an air-to-ground mission.


Military; Air force

A party with whom one has a conflict, peaceful or otherwise.

air and space expeditionary task force (AETF)

Military; Air force

A deployed numbered air force (NAF) or command echelon immediately subordinate to a NAF provided as the US Air Force component command committed to a joint operation.

air and space forces

Military; Air force

Forces that operate within the air and space mediums. This includes forces that control or support those forces.

air and space maneuver

Military; Air force

The employment of air and space power to a position of advantage to achieve strategic, operational, or tactical objectives in any order or combination.

air and space operations center (AOC)

Military; Air force

The senior agency of the Air Force component commander that provides command and control of Air Force air and space operations and coordinates with other components and Services.

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