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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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Air force

Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF)

Military; Air force

A voluntary contractual program where civil carriers agree to augment military airlift during a crisis in exchange for peacetime defense business. During peacetime, regional contingencies, and major ...

coalition force

Military; Air force

A force composed of military elements of nations that have formed a temporary alliance for some specific purpose.


Military; Air force

Persuading an adversary to behave differently than it otherwise would through the threat or use of force.

combat aviation advisory team (CAAT)

Military; Air force

A special operations team specifically tailored to assess, advise, and train foreign aviation forces in air operations employment and sustainability. Teams support geographic combatant commanders ...

combat identification

Military; Air force

The capability to attain an accurate characterization of detected objects in the joint battlespace to the extent that high confidence, timely application of military options and weapons resources can ...

combat offload

Military; Air force

An expeditious procedure for offloading cargo while an aircraft is taxiing, to reduce the ground time and materials handling equipment at an air terminal. This procedure is potentially more hazardous ...

combat recovery

Military; Air force

The act of retrieving resources while engaging enemy forces.

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