Airpower’s Dirty Words

Airpower! What does it mean?

Leading Edge

AFSOC Combat Controllers Clear a C-130 for Takeoff(USAF Photo, SSgt Jeremy Lock) AFSOC Combat Controllers Clear a C-130 for Takeoff During Operation ENDURING FREEDOM
(USAF Photo, SSgt Jeremy Lock)

No, this isn’t a call for the resurrection of “cranium” and “container” (if they ever really went away). Nor is it a discourse of the pregame compliments shouted at opposing teams by fans of the Eagles or Raiders.  This is a Leading Edge series where we collectively examine those words we airpower advocates employ that may not mean what we intend.  The idea sprang from the recent Trilateral Strategic Steering Group Workshop where airpower advocates from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States all met to discuss common themes of airpower advocacy.  As the weeklong workshop progressed, a list emerged on one of the marker boards in the back of the room.  Words like “kinetic,” “full-spectrum,” and “Combat Air Forces” made their way on the list as their meanings to different audiences…

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