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- Bomber aircraft : Airplanes optimized to deliver weapons to surface targets, rather than to fight other airplanes.
- Eighth Air Force : The organization currently "owning" the bombers, information operations, and most intelligence aircraft of the United States Air Force; it conducted strategic bombing against Germany in the Second World War
- Anderson Air Force Base : A major U.S. Air Force base on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam; a major launching site for ARC LIGHT and Operation LINEBACKER II B-52 bombers in the Vietnam War; forward base for B-2 Spirit stealth bombers operating in the Western Pacific
- Barksdale Air Force Base : U.S. Air Force base in Arkansas, having the headquarters of the Eighth Air Force, commanding strategic bombers, and one of the two B-52 bomber wings
- Diego Garcia : The largest island of the Chagos Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory (B.I.O.T.), which has had all native inhabitants removed, and is a major U.S. military base; it is the base for a prepositioning ship squadron and a forward base for bomber aircraft and air refueling tankers
- Minot Air Force Base : Located in North Dakota, it is one of two U.S. Air Force bases with a B-52 bomber wing, and is administratively under the Eighth Air Force. It also hosts the 91st Space Wing of LGM-30 Minuteman long-range ballistic missiles
- AGM-84 Harpoon : A U.S. developed anti-shipping missile that can be launched from aircraft, ships and submarines
- AGM-86 ALCM : A long-range cruise missile that can be delivered anywhere in the world from U.S. bases, employing blast or precision penetrating warheads
- United States nuclear weapons : All U.S. nuclear weapons, past or present, in deployment, production, or approved for production; not including experimental devices
- B61 (nuclear weapon) : A thermonuclear fusion device implemented as a "tactical" gravity bomb that has a low to medium variable yield; the B61-11 version has limited ground penetration capability
- B83 (nuclear weapon) : A thermonuclear gravity bomb whose variable yield can be set to the highest (1-2 MtSymbol error) of any deployed U.S. nuclear weapon; uses LX-17 explosive
- Joint Direct Attack Munition : An add-on guidance kit that converts a standard Mark 8x "dumb bomb", or ballistic equivalent, into a precision-guided munition, using inertial navigation enhanced with GPS satellite navigation
- AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon : A U.S. precision-guided munition, originally an unpowered guided bomb with much greater gliding range than the cheaper Joint Direct Attack Munition; powered variants with more extensive capabilities are in development
- Mark 8x series conventional bomb : The main family of U.S. high-explosive unguided gravity bombs, to which guidance kits such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition or PAVEWAY laser guidance can be attached
- Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser : A strap-on inertial guidance correction kit for high-altitude release of cluster bomb units, including those not affected by restrictions on antipersonnel munitions such as antitank, microwave jammers, and electrical power line attack
- AGM-142 Raptor : Originally an Israel Aircraft Industries precision-guided standoff weapon called the POPEYE, then the AGM-142 HAVE NAP, the first standoff PGM for the B-52, and now used by the Royal Australian Air Force and Turkish Air Force
- AN/ALQ-172 : An upgrade, from the unmaintainable AN/ALQ-117 of the "PAVE MINT" defensive electronic countermeasures system; controlled by AN/ALR-46 Radar Homing and Warning systems; manufactured by ITT; used in MC-130 COMBAT TALON, AC-130, B-52, E-3, E-4 and MC-130 COMBAT SPEAR
- AN/ALR-20 : Panoramic countermeasures radar warning receiver; manufactured by Tasker Inc.; part of AN/ALQ-27 used in B-52 Radar detection and threat prioritization
- AN/ALR-46 : Digital radar warning receiver manufactured by Litton (Dalmo Victor); used in B-52, A-10, C-130,RU-21H, HH-53; can control AN/ALQ-155 and AN/ALQ-172 noise jammers
- AN/ALQ-122 : Deceptive radar jammer used on the B-52 and E-3 aircraft, coupled with AN/ALT-16 power amplifiers, to generate false targets; complements ALQ-155/ALT-28 noise jammers against CW radar, and chaff (electronic warfare)
- AN/ALQ-155 : Obsolete high-power radar jammer, with no-longer-available Backwards Wave Oscillator components; replaced by AN/ALQ-172; controlled by AN/ALR-46 Radar Homing and Warning systems
- AN/ALE-20 : Expendable infrared flare dispenser used on B-58 and B-52 aircraft; multiple units distributed onto various parts of the large aircraft, rather than the more common centralized, more flexible unit
- AN/ALE-24 : chaff dispenser for B-52 aircraft; obsolete approach with the advent of Electronic warfare expendables dispensers that release flares, chaff, disposable transmitters, etc.
- AN/ARC-164 : The standard U.S. and NATO UHF radio for military air-to-air and air-to-ground communications, compatible with the HAVE QUICK II electronic protection scheme; it is not a Joint Tactical Radio System device although JTRS units will interoperate with it
- AN/MSQ-77 : Vietnam War-era bombing accuracy tracking radar. originally for training but adapted for use in guiding B-52 strikes against targets in South Vietnam, and other applications including ground controlled approach
- Cold War : Geostrategic, economic and ideological struggle from about 1947 to 1991 between the Soviet Union and the United States and their allies.
- Single Integrated Operational Plan : The U.S. plan and doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons in a large campaign, prepared for all services by the United States Strategic Command, based on Joint Chiefs of Staff guidance
- Strategic Air Command : A former major headquarters of the United States Air Force, whose planning and contingency operations are now part of United States Strategic Command, while its aircraft readiness is under Air Combat Command and its missile readiness under Air Force Space Command
- United States Strategic Command : The U.S. unified headquarters for the missions of worldwide nuclear and conventional precision strike; command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of strategic operations; global network operations of the Global Information Grid, information operations, ballistic missile defense, and reduction of Weapons of Mass Destruction threats
- Vietnam War : A post-colonial independence/Cold War conflict between communist North Vietnam against South Vietnam, assisted by the United States (1955-1975), to unify Vietnam; won by North Vietnam in 1975.
- ARC LIGHT : Code name for use of B-52 bombers to deliver very large amounts of conventional bombs to targets in South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War; the term has become generic for large-volume bomb drops against targets without significant air defenses
- Operation LINEBACKER II : The most intense air campaign of the Vietnam War, directed against North Vietnam to force it back to the Paris Peace Talks; a peace agreement was signed one month after the start of the 11 days of attacks
- Gulf War : The conflict started by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and ended with the liberation of Kuwait and major damage to Iraqi forces, by a US-led UN coalition in 1991.