Deception : manipulating perception in air warfare
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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Early military theorists and philosophers recognized that deception is a fundamental part of war. Although camouflage, concealment, and deception CC and D techniques have been used extensively throughout the history of air warfare, most historical accounts of deception in warfare focus on war on land and at sea. This paper explores the progression of CC and D techniques used in air warfare. In doing so, it analyzes what the USAF can learn from the developmental progression and employment methods of CC and D that might enable it to have a long-term advantage over its adversaries. Despite amazing advancements in aircraft and long-range offensive weapons technologies, a corresponding progression of defensive capabilities or restrictive air-to-air rules of engagementpresent the very real possibility of aerial warfare returning to the WVR arena. When it does, high-tech USAF assets must be armed with every advantage, possibly including low-tech CC and D solutions based on historical means and methods.
- Military Aircraft Operations