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Definition of airpower

: the military strength of a nation's air force

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While this railgun could level the odds on sea, Chinese airpower still lags behind the U.S. Air Force, but the PL-XX missile is designed to change those odds, too. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Tankers are an essential component of American airpower. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The KC-135 Tanker Could Become the First U.S. Warplane To Serve 100 Years," 31 Dec. 2018 The combination of Russian airpower and Iranian ground forces turned the tide, leading to today’s declaration. Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Syria Regains Control of Damascus, After Seven Years of Fighting," 21 May 2018 Kim Jong Un would be giving up the one thing that keeps him from being buried alive in a bunker by American airpower, all in exchange for a promise. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could North Korea Really Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons?," 1 May 2018 While the Cold War had seen carriers play an important role in proxy wars like Vietnam, their main job was to counter Russia by projecting superior American airpower against the Soviet Navy and land targets within the Communist Bloc. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 That strategy was championed as having worked well in late 2001 as Dostum, the CIA, U.S. Special Forces and massive airpower propelled the Taliban to a surrender in the North. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Exiled Afghan leader, and one-time U.S. ally, warns against "peace" with Taliban from position of weakness," 14 May 2018 IDEAS Justin Bronk is a Research Fellow specializing in combat airpower and technology at The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), an independent think tank on international defense and security. Justin Bronk, Time, "A Few Cruise Missiles Won’t Be Enough to Halt Assad’s Brutality," 12 Apr. 2018 So the motorcycles range out in front of the armored spearheads, in front of the airpower looking for weaknesses in the enemy lines. Fox News, "What threats face America's electrical grid?," 23 Apr. 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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