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Air and Space Power Defined. Overview. Define Air and Space Power Competencies Functions of Air and Space Power Air and Space Doctrine Principles of War Tenets of Air and Space Power. Air and Space Power.

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  • Define Air and Space Power
  • Competencies
  • Functions of Air and Space Power
  • Air and Space Doctrine
  • Principles of War
  • Tenets of Air and Space Power
air and space power
Air and Space Power

The integrated application of air and space systems to project global strategic military power.


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Air and Space Power
  • Integrated application
  • Air and space systems
  • To project global strategic military power
  • Competencies  capabilities
  • Air Force Corps Competencies: Air and space expertise, capabilities, and technical know-how distinctive to the United States Air Force
    • Developing Airmen: “The heart of combat capability
    • Technology-to-warfighting: “The tools of combat capability
    • Integrating Operations: “Maximizing combat capabilities


  • Counterspace
  • Counterland
  • Countersea
  • Counterinformation
  • Strategic Attack
  • Combat Search
  • Navigation
  • Air Refueling
  • Spacelift
  • Special Ops
  • Intelligence
  • Surveillance
  • Reconnaissance
  • Airlift
  • Weather Services
  • Command & Control
  • Functions  missions
  • Broad, fundamental, and continuing activities of air and space power not unique to the Air Force
  • A belief in the best way to implement/ use air and space power
  • Based on:
    • History
    • Technology
    • Leaders, etc.
  • Provides Guidance
  • Must NOT stagnate
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Doctrine - Examples
  • WWI
    • Armies vs. Machine Gun
  • WWI
    • Daylight, High Altitude, Unescorted Precision Bombing
principles of war
Principles of War

“those aspects of warfare that are universally true and relevant”

- Joint Pub 1

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Principles of War
  • Historically tested
  • Apply equally to all US Armed Forces
  • Unity of Command, Objective, Offense, Mass, Maneuver, Economy of Force, Security, Surprise, Simplicity
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Principles of War
  • OBJECTIVE: Directs military operations toward a defined and attainable objective that contributes to strategic, operational, or tactical aims.
  • OFFENSIVE: States that we act rather than react and dictate the time, place, purpose, scope, intensity, and pace operations. The initiative must be seized, retained, and fully exploited.
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Principles of War
  • MASS: Concentrates combat power at the decisive time and place.
  • ECONOMY OF FORCE: Creates usable mass by using minimum combat power on secondary objectives. Makes fullest use of forces available.
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Principles of War
  • MANEUVER: Places the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.
  • UNITY OF COMMAND: Ensures unity of effort for every objective under one responsible commander.
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Principles of War
  • SECURITY: Protects friendly forces and their operations from enemy actions which could provide the enemy with unexpected advantage.
  • SURPRISE: Strikes the enemy at a time or place or in a manner for which he is unprepared.
  • SIMPLICITY: Avoids unnecessary complexity in preparing, planning, and conducting military operations.
  • Fundamental truths that are unique to the air and space environment.

Flexibility/Versatility Priority

Synergistic Effects Persistence

Concentration Balance

Centralized Control and

Decentralized Execution

  • Centralized Control/Decentralized Execution
    • Air power must be controlled by airman…JFACC
    • Delegation of execution authority
  • Flexibility and Versatility
    • Exploit mass & maneuver simultaneously
    • Parallel attacks…parallel attacks at strategic, operational, and tactical levels
  • Synergistic Effects
    • Higher effectiveness than sum of individual contributions
  • Concentration
    • At a point where it will be decisive
    • Avoid spreading air and space power to thin
  • Priority
    • Prioritize applications to have greatest impacts
    • Must consider finite force structure
  • Persistence
    • Continuous efforts
    • May need to hit targets more than once…do not need to remain in close proximity to do so
  • Balance
    • Principles of war and Tenets
    • Offensive and defensive application of power
    • Strategic, operational, and tactical impacts
  • Define Air and Space Power
  • Competencies
  • Functions of Air and Space Power
  • Air and Space Doctrine
  • Principles of War
  • Tenets of Air and Space Power