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active air defense (US DoD Definition)


Definition of the term 'active air defense' per official documentation of the United States Department of Defense.


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active air defense



Direct defensive action taken to destroy, nullify, or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air and missile threats against friendly forces and assets. It includes the use of aircraft, air defense weapons, electronic warfare, and other available weapons. See also air defense. (JP 3-01) (US DoD)


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