The Air Weapon pp 152-169 | Cite as

The Sinews of Air Power: Ground Combat-Support Activities



Although written in 1943,1 Liddell Hart’s observation remains valid, at least in the sense that the supporting elements of any high-technology force are a potentially vulnerable point. Indeed, no type of armed force can wage war effectively without an adequate support organization. Thus, ground combat-support activities set the boundaries for what aviation forces can achieve as surely as do combat and combat air support capabilities.


Active Defence Physical Protection Passive Defence Rapid Repair Tactical Deception 
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