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Integrating Stealth

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19 OSS Intelligence Weapons and Tactics Little Rock AFB United States

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Throughout the history of air power, the technological advancements in the offensive weapon systems that are built and introduced onto the battlefield have consistently evolved at a significant pace. One may argue that when you compare these very advancements in offensive capabilities to the advancements in defensive capabilities there are actually no advancements at all, or is much less significant. Over the past two decades the United States has revolutionized the war fighting industry with advancements in Low Observable LO technology and precision strike capability. Advanced LO weapon systems such as the F-35, F-22 and the B-2 have been developed and portrayed as stealth aircraft. In fact, these weapon systems should be portrayed as having stealth technology specifically in the physical sense referring to low observable. Because LO technology is in a physical form, methods can and have been developed to exploit the inherent weaknesses. Additionally, the technological advancements of social media in todays society impacts the ability to mask the footprint of mobilizing military forces significantly reducing the element of surprise required to be effective against a near peer country.

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