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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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allocation (air)

Military; Air force

The translation of the air apportionment decision into total numbers of sorties by aircraft type available for each operation or task. See also allocation. The translation of the air apportionment ...


Military; Air force

1. Analysis of the security, effectiveness, and potential of an existing or planned intelligence activity. The evaluation of progress toward the creation of effects and the achievement of objectives ...


Military; Air force

Any capability that confers an advantage an adversary cannot directly compensate for.

asymmetric operations

Military; Air force

Operations that confer disproportionate advantage on those conducting them by using capabilities the adversary cannot use, will not use, or cannot effectively defend against.

basic doctrine

Military; Air force

States the most fundamental and enduring beliefs that describe and guide the proper use, presentation, and organization of air and space forces in military action. It describes the “elemental ...

battle rhythm

Military; Air force

A commander’s pace, pattern, or systematic process used to plan and execute an engagement, battle, or campaign.


Military; Air force

The environment, factors, and conditions which must be understood to successfully apply combat power, protect the force, or complete the mission. This includes the air, land, sea, space, and the ...

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