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The tactics of air war are the techniques and procedures of aircraft employment against targets in the air, on the ground, and in the water. Such tactics will generally reflect the universal traits of air power: its speed, range, flexibility, and ability to mass power. Military operations at the tactical level are executed as missions. These may be broadly categorized as strategic bombardment, counter-air (offensive and defensive), air interdiction, close air support (CAS), airlift, and reconnaissance. Each mission is governed by a unique and dynamic subset of tactics that is linked to the technology of air warfare and is continually evolving in a response/counterresponse manner. In the modern era, tactics have been shaped as much by the electronic environment in which air warfare takes place ...

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