WS- Principles of War and Tenets of Air Power – Flashcards

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State what the principles of war provide to Airmen.
These apply to all areas of war including air, space, and cyberspace.
Define each principle of war.
Objective- operations toward a defined attainable objective
Offensive- Act rather than react and dictate the time, place, purpose, scope, intensity, and pace of operations. Seize the initiative.
Mass- Concentrate combat power at the decisive time and place.
Economy of Force- Create usable mass by using minimum combat power on secondary objectives. Make the fullest use of all forces available
Maneuver- Place the enemy in a disadvantage through combat power.
Unity of Command- Ensures unity of effort for every objective under one commander
Security- Protects friendly forces and their operations from enemy actions that could provide the enemy with an unexpected advantage.
Surprise- Strike the enemy at a time or place where they are unprepared.
Simplicty- Avoid unneccassry complexity in preparing, planning, and conducting military operations.
List the tenets of airpower.
1. Centralized Control/Decentralized Execution- It should be controlled by a single airman who maintains the broad strategic prospective necessary to balance and prioritize the use of a powerful highly desired force.
2. Flexibility/Versatility- Flexibility allows airpower to exploit mass and maneuver simultaneously. Versatility is the ability to employ airpower effectively at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of warfare and provide a wide variety of tasks with other joint elements
3. Synergistic Effect- The coordinated force across multiple domains tah produce effects that exceed the contributions of forces employed individually.
4. Persistence- Air, space, and cyberspace operations may be conducted continuously against a broad spectrum of targets.
5. Concentration- Most important trends throughout military history. The effort to concentrate overwhelming power at decisive time and place.
6. Priority- Commanders should establish clear priorities for the use of air power. If commanders fail to establish priorities, they can become ineffective.
7. Balance- Much of the skill of an air component commander is reflected in the dynamic and correct balancing of the principles of war and tenets of airpower to bring Air Force capabilities together to produce a synergistic effect.
State how the tenets of air power complement the principles of war.
Balance- the principles of war are for all use of force but airpower is unique and the tenets of airpower are more of a supplement.
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