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- Aircraft carrier : A warship designed to launch and recover combat aircraft and aircraft that support military operations
- Ambush : A military action of short duration, in which the side preparing it creates a tactical situation in which the enemy will move into an area where he will suffer the most damage.
- Battle of Cannae : Fought between Carthage and the Roman Empire, this Roman defeat is the classic example of double envelopment.
- Beach Jumpers : U.S. Navy special warfare units, specializing in deception and psychological warfare.
- Blitzkrieg : A military doctrine involving the breakthrough, at key points of the enemy lines, of highly mobile forces, usually of high technology for the time, which would then disrupt the enemy rear
- Bulldozer : A piece of construction equipment, with military applications, characterized by a movable blade for pushing earth or debris on the front of a tracked vehicle with great traction and power
- Forward edge of the battle area : "The foremost limits of a series of areas in which ground combat units are deployed, excluding the areas in which the covering or screening forces are operating, designated to coordinate fire support, the positioning of forces, or the maneuver of units." (U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff)
- Grand strategy : The application of all national means of affecting the actions of other nations and non-national actors; specifically includes but is not restricted to military means
- Grenade : A small explosive charge, designed to be thrown by hand or launched from a weapon that can be carried by infantry
- Information operations : The integrated employment of the core capabilities of electronic warfare, computer network operations, psychological operations, military deception, and operations security.
- Julius Caesar : Roman general and politician who conquered Gaul, won a civil war, and was assassinated in 44BC.
- Meeting engagement : "A combat action that occurs when a moving force, incompletely
deployed for battle, engages an enemy at an unexpected time and place." Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Middle East : A geographical region in Asia that also contains small parts of Europe and Africa.
- Military doctrine : The fundamental principles of a military organization.
- Mortar : A piece of artillery, sometimes light enough to be carried by infantry, which has a short barrel length relative to the shell caliber, and fires in a high indirect trajectory, often desirable to fire over obstacles.
- Old Testament : Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which is a collection of Hebrew and Aramaic texts sacred to Muslims and especially Jews and Christians.
- Operation DESERT STORM : That part of the Gulf War, beginning with the first air strikes at 02:00 local time, 17 January 1991, until the main ground assault into Kuwait, Operation DESERT SABRE
- Operation ROLLING THUNDER : Initial sustained U.S. air campaign against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), based on a controversial model of retaliation and gradually increasing pressure rather than a short and intense campaign intended to destroy, not dissuade and punish
- Operational art : A level of military power at which forces in the field, or deployed from the homeland, can determine the place and conditions of battle
- Preemptive attack : A military attack intended to neutralize an attack imminently being prepared by one's opponent, and justified as self-defense
- Preventive attack : A doctrine in which an actor uses military force on an opponent who is not believed to be preparing an attack on the actor using prevention, but whose activities, such as taking control of territory or building weapons of mass destruction pose a long-term threat to the critical interests of the actor. The attack may signal the start of a war, or be a strategic move within an existing war.
- Psychological operations : Any form of communications, directed at a human audience, that influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the interest of the sponsor. Psychological operations can and do take place at every level from grand strategy to tactics, from overt statements by government to tricky loudspeaker broadcasts to get barricaded opponents to leave their protected location.
- Republican Guard : Well-trained, equipped, and presumably politically loyal ground troops of Saddam Hussein's military
- Special reconnaissance : Also known as SR, missions deep in denied areas, conducted by special operations personnel. They may be in or out of uniform. While SR units may direct air, missile, or artillery strikes, they strive to stay undetected.
- Swarming (military) : A method of military attacking using multiple attack forces against an opponent, which act in an autonomous but synchronized manner, with real-time communications for their coordination
- Sword : A long-bladed edged weapon, one of the basic means of pre-gunpowder warfare, and still in use for the sport of fencing and for ceremonial purposes
- Tactical land movement : A set of techniques used by ground combat forces, which trade off efficiency and speed of movement, against security in the event of enemy contact
- Unconventional warfare (United States doctrine) : The United States' doctrinal term for the way the Department of Defense sees its forces operating in the more global context of insurgency.