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- 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
- 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 Force Space Command : AFSPC, a major command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado;provides doctrinal development, training, readiness, and providing resources for space and intercontinental ballistic missile warfighting to Unified Combatant Command
- Air Mobility Command : The organization responsible for readiness of United States Air Force transport and air refueling aircraft, which report, for operations, to United States Transportation Command
- Air operations in the Vietnam War : Air warfare, generally excluding helicopters in direct support of troops, waged between 1962 and 1975 against targets in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, from aircraft carriers as well as bases in South Vietnam and Thailand
- Air refueling : Transferring fuel from one aircraft to another while both are in flight.
- Air warfare planning : The set of doctrines and procedures for carrying out all types of air warfare, as an integrated whole
- Atmospheric reentry : The movement of human-made or natural objects as they enter the atmosphere of a planet from outer space, in the case of Earth from an altitude above the 'edge of space.'
- B-2 Spirit (bomber) : U.S. long-range, low-observability "stealth" heavy bomber
- B-47 : U.S. medium strategic bomber, primarily assigned to nuclear missions from bases along the periphery of the Soviet Union
- B-50 : An upgrade of a B-29 bomber, intended as an interim nuclear delivery vehicle pending the availability of the B-36 and B-47, and also in reconnaissance and tanker versions
- 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
- 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
- Ballistic missile submarine : A submarine armed with submarine-launched ballistic missiles
- Ballistic missile : A guided missile which, once its engines stop firing, follows a generally parabolic path to its target, defined by momentum, aerodynamic resistance, and gravity
- 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
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff : The senior member of the uniformed services of the United States, statutory senior military adviser to the President and Secretary of Defense; currently Admiral Mike Mullen; policy developer and adviser not in the operational chain of command
- Classified information : Material collected or created by a government that is subject to limitations on its release to the general public and may have penalties for its unauthorized release.
- Cold War : Geostrategic, economic and ideological struggle from about 1947 to 1991 between the Soviet Union and the United States and their allies.
- Compartmented control system : A set of controls, in addition to a regular national security classifications, that adds additional security restrictions to especially sensitive information
- Countervalue : A military targeting doctrine, first articulated in the context of nuclear warfare but not restricted to it, in which the attacker plans to attacks civilian populations, and to destroy the enemy industrial capability
- Defense Intelligence Agency : One of the members of the United States intelligence community, charged with providing national-level analysis specifically relevant for military needs, and being the focal point for measurement and signature intelligence
- 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
- 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
- Electromagnetic pulse : An intense burst of electromagnetic (EM) energy caused by an abrupt, rapid acceleration of charged particles, usually electrons.
- F-4 Phantom II : An extremely successful third-generation fighter, the first effective multirole fighter, which, even after its replacement as a first-line fighter, continued in reconnaissance and suppression of enemy air defense roles well into the 1990s.
- F. E. Warren Air Force Base : A geographically immense United States Air Force base, spreading across Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, containing the overall headquarters, Twentieth Air Force, of the operational land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles of the United States, as well as approximately one-third of the missiles
- Fourteenth Air Force : The United States Air Force organization that controls military satellite launch and operations for the Air Force Space Command, and performs space support operations for the United States Strategic Command and probably the National Reconnaissance Office
- George Kistiakowsky : (1900 – 1982), leader of the chemical explosives team of the Manhattan Project
- Global Information Grid : The overall computing and communications architecture and systems interconnecting the U.S. Department of Defense military and civilian organizations, other government agencies, and allied nations; information is at the strategic/theater and operational, not tactical levels
- Henry Kissinger : (1923—) American academic, diplomat, and simultaneously Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Secretary of State in the Nixon Administration; promoted realism (foreign policy) and détente with China and the Soviet Union; shared 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for ending the Vietnam War; Director, Atlantic Council
- 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
- James Cartwright : General, United States Marine Corps, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; former commander, United States Strategic Command
- James Schlesinger : Counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Member, International Security Advisory Board, United States Department of State; Chairman, advisory council, The National Interest; U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Secretary of Energy and Director of Central Intelligence in the Ford Administration
- Lee Butler : General, United States Air Force, who retired in 1994 as the first commander of United States Strategic Command and last commander of Strategic Air Command; now an advocate of arms control and nuclear disarmament
- Nagasaki : Please do not use this term in your topic list, because there is no single article for it. Please substitute a more precise term. See Nagasaki (disambiguation) for a list of available, more precise, topics. Please add a new usage if needed.
- National Command Authority : The combination of the U.S. President and Secretary of Defense, or their successors, who have the sole authority to authorize the use of nuclear weapons, or issue orders to Unified Combatant Commands
- National Security Agency : An organization within the United States Department of Defense, with the dual roles of the principal signals intelligence agency in the United States intelligence community, but also having the responsibility for information assurance of military, diplomatic, and other critical communications.
- Nebraska : One of the 50 states of the United States (statehood 1867, 37th state) located on the Great Plains in central U.S.; est. population (2008) 1,783,000.
- 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.
- Nuclear weapon : A weapon that produces extremely powerful explosions from principles involving subatomic particle reactions, rather than the chemical reactions among atoms that power conventional explosives
- Offutt Air Force Base : United States Air Force base in Omaha, Nebraska, which is the home of United States Strategic Command and the 55th Wing of C3I-ISR aircraft
- 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
- Overpressure : The difference from normal air pressure caused by the shock wave generated by an explosion.
- RC-135 COMBAT SENT : A long-range aircraft, operated by the United States Air Force, for collecting electronic intelligence
- RC-135 RIVET JOINT : A United States Air Force long-range aircraft for collecting communications intelligence
- Rocket science : Variously an incorrect name for various engineering disciplines in dealing with unguided rockets or the rocket engines of more intelligent vehicles, or an ironic description of something very complex or very simple (i.e., "this isn't rocket science")
- Royal Navy : By long naval tradition, when there is no qualifier but "Royal", the navy being discussed is that of the United Kingdom.
- SR-71 Blackbird : An advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed YF-12A and A-12 aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works.
- Satellite orbits : The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body.
- 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
- Strategic bombing : Strategic strike attacks against the homeland military forces, population and industry of a nation, conducted by manned bomber aircraft
- Strategic strike : Use of kinetic (i.e., physically destructive) and nonkinetic (e.g., information operations deep into enemy territory, affecting military forces in the homeland, or population, industry, and infrastructure.
- Tactical Air Command : In the United States Air Force, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Combat Command, preparing on tactical combat aircraft and aircraft that directly supported them
- 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.
- U.S. Department of Defense : The military forces of the United States and their supporting civil servants.
- U.S. support to South Vietnam before Gulf of Tonkin : A period of overt advisory and combat support by the U.S. to South Vietnam, from roughly 1962 to mid-1964
- 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 Northern Command : Within the Department of Defense, the military headquarters responsible for defense of the continental United States, and support to civil authorities for disasters beyond their capabilities
- United States Pacific Command : The U.S. Unified Combatant Command, headquartered in Hawaii, and responsible for the Pacific and East Asia
- United States Secretary of Defense : The civilian official with authority over all personnel of the United States Department of Defense, currently Robert Gates
- United States Southern Command : U.S. Unified Combatant Command responsible for military operations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America
- United States intelligence community : The United States' intelligence agencies coordinated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
- Weapons of mass destruction : Weapons that cause death or injury not primarily through kinetic energy of projectiles or the detonation of conventional explosives, but rather produce large-scale effects greater than possible with the same weight of explosives weapons; by means heat, blast and radiation from nuclear weapon; poisoning by chemical weapon; infectious disease by biological weapons; or acute or chronic radiation syndromes from radiological weapons.