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Title: Anti-Access Strategy

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Anti-access: an alternative operational concept

Voice: An anti-access strategy is an alternative operational concept that an enemy could use to achieve their strategic objectives.

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Voice: Anti-access operations can deter, slow, or prevent U.S. forces from entering an area of responsibility or AOR.

Action: The second bullet point is added to the screen, and two pictures are shown on the screen left and right, below the second bullet point, all simultaneously. The left picture is of the USS Tripoli in dry dock after striking a mine during Desert Storm. The right picture is of a mine floating in the water.

Voice: The actual weapons for anti-access, which can range from low-tech sea mines to high-tech surface-to-surface missiles, are not as important as how they are employed and “advertised.”

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Voice: Any weapon that offers the likelihood of high casualties, when used in a climate of low to moderate U.S. interest, can have powerful results.

Action: The fourth bullet point is added to the screen, and the two pictures are removed. The background becomes a faded picture of marines redeploying from Somalia.

Voice: Anti-access strategies will be less effective or even counterproductive when a vital U.S. national interest is at stake.

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Goal: To prevent the US from operating within range of the enemy’s crucial targets or make those operations so difficult or painful as to force America to abandon its attempts or prevent us from engaging at all.

Voice: The overall goal of an anti-access strategy is to prevent the United States from being able to operate within range of the enemy’s crucial targets or to make those operations so difficult or painful as to force America to abandon its attempts or prevent us from engaging at all.

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Create a Mogadishu vs Pearl Harbor or 9/11

Voice: The bottom line is to create a Mogadishu event that causes America to abandon operations rather than a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 that serves to wake the sleeping giant.

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