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- 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
- Air Combat Command : The United States Air Force headquarters responsibility for preparing and training resources for the operational Unified Combatant Commands, as well as doctrinal development
- Air refueling : Transferring fuel from one aircraft to another while both are in flight.
- Airborne Warning and Control System : An airplane that carries early warning radars, possibly weapons control radars, and communications to link it with combat aircraft and ground facilities. It may have an onboard battle staff, or link to a staff on the ground.
- B-17 Flying Fortress (bomber) : A U.S. designed heavy bomber, with relatively light payload and moderate range, but excellent defenses and rugged construction, that was the primary U.S. daytime strategic bomber in the European Theater of the Second World War
- B-2 Spirit (bomber) : U.S. long-range, low-observability "stealth" heavy bomber
- B-52 Superfortress (bomber) : United States Air Force heavy bomber, first version flown in 1952, entered service in 1961, expected to stay operational until at least 2030
- 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
- Bomber aircraft : Airplanes optimized to deliver weapons to surface targets, rather than to fight other airplanes.
- C3I-ISR : Command, control, communications and intelligence, combined with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base : A large United States Air Force base near Tucson, Arizona; houses the "boneyard" (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG)) of stored out-of-service aircraft, the 355th Fighter Wing, and the headquarters of the Twelfth Air Force.
- 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
- E-3 Sentry : Airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, equipped with a large radar and a battle staff, which can detect aircraft and control combat.
- E-6 TACAMO : An aircraft, operated by the U.S. Navy from a U.S. Air Force base, which is dual-capable for carrying a airborne battle staff, and a communications relay to missile submarines, for carrying out the Single Integrated Operational Plan
- E-8 Joint STARS : A radar aircraft optimized for surveillance of a large land or sea area, returning both tracks and identification of moving vehicles, or radar imaging of the surface.
- Guam : Civilian-governed U.S. territory in the geographic Mariana Islands of Micronesia but not part of the political Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; major U.S. military base, including a prepositioning ship squadron and Anderson Air Force Base for bomber aircraft and air refueling tankers, growing with the transfer of forces from Okinawa.
- Intercontinental ballistic missile : A ballistic missile, carrying one or more warheads, with a range in excess of 5500 kilometers; the definition traditionally referred to land-based weapons, but some submarine-launched ballistic missiles have this capability
- Louisiana : 18th state of the USA
- Luftwaffe : The German Air Force, both the current and WWII organization; the current usage includes the forces after German unification
- 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
- Ninth Air Force : The air component command of United States Central Command, as well as an intermediate headquarters for a number of U.S.-based units of Air Combat Command.
- Norden bombsight : A much-heralded, but relatively ineffective even by WWII standards, aiming device for unguided gravity bombs; required a bomber to stay in vulnerable straight and level flight and was useless against moving targets
- North Dakota : One of the 50 states of the United States (statehood 1889, 39th state) located on the Great Plains in north central U.S.; est. population (2008) 641,000.
- RC-135 RIVET JOINT : A United States Air Force long-range aircraft for collecting communications intelligence
- Strategic bombing : Strategic strike attacks against the homeland military forces, population and industry of a nation, conducted by manned bomber aircraft
- Twelfth Air Force : United States Air Force intermediate command responsible for Air Combat Command fighter and bomber aircraft in the western United States, and is also the Air Component for the Unified Combatant Command, United States Southern Command
- Twentieth Air Force : The organization responsible to Air Force Space Command for the readiness of U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, and to the United States Strategic Command for their operational use
- U-2 Dragon Lady : A high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft that remains a key U.S. intelligence collection platform.
- Unified Combatant Command : Operational line-of-commands for United States military groups.
- United States Air Force : One of the uniformed services of the United States, with principal responsibility for land-based long-range and high-performance aircraft, as well as land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles
- 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
- World War II, air war, Allied offensive counter-air campaign : Air operations specifically intended to counter the air defenses of the WWII Luftwaffe, principally by aggressive fighter tactics and attacks on airfields and aircraft production
- World War II, air war : Air operations in the Second World War