What does perspective mean in relation to air power?

Perspective describes the way a force physically views the operational environment and is normally limited by its visual and sensor horizons. The operating altitude of air power sensors significantly increases their horizon and field of view. The view from space can provide a whole-of-theatre perspective. The advantage of enhanced perspective brought about by altitude permits air power to observe and dominate surface activities and occupy the figurative high ground. 

In contemporary operations, the unique perspective that air power capabilities provide is a vital enabler for the enhanced information, decision-making and C2 that underpin a network enabled force


Key Terms


The greater field of view and extended horizon of the operational environment obtained by virtue of a platform’s operating altitude.