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Articulation Beyond the Bumper Sticker: Revamping an Incomplete and Confusing Master Tenet

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Air War College -Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The United States Air Force USAF should adjust its time-honored master tenet for the employment of airpower centralized control and decentralized execution CC and DE. This thesis has nothing to do with the master tenets validity. This Mosaic-law equivalent remains as valid today as when our air power forefathers divined it amidst their operational context. It is, nonetheless, incomplete. The United States conducts air operations over a wide spectrum of conflict that can produce many and varied conditions. Correspondingly, the military has adapted. From counterinsurgency operations to thermo-nuclear deterrence, Americas strength has been an ability to create flexibility to respond effectively to the types of wars it may face. Why then, should the USAF assume its master tenet is the right approach to all operational contexts Many airmen view the master tenet as the only way to employ air and space power however, restrictive doctrine and thinking has contributed to the master tenets unenviable status as a Bumper Sticker.

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