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Title: Power Projection—A Military Strategy

Action: Screen presents the cover of Joint Vision 20 20 in the top right corner of the screen and the cover of National Security Strategy of the United States of America in the bottom right corner of the screen. The first quote from Joint Vision 20 20 is shown on the upper left, beside its cover, and the second quote from National Security Strategy is shown on the lower left, next to its cover:

The strategic concepts of decisive force, power projection, overseas presence, and strategic agility will continue to govern our efforts to fulfill those responsibilities and meet the challenges of the future.
...the United States will require bases and stations within and beyond Western Europe and Northeast Asia, as well as temporary access arrangements for the long-distance deployment of U.S. forces.

Voice: US military operations have traditionally relied on the ability to deploy superior power close to an adversary. This concept is captured in many strategic planning documents which describe the United States’ need to project combat power abroad to defend its interests. The goal is not to fight in New York harbor but to fight someplace else. To fight someplace else, the U.S. deploys its military forces forward to project national power.

Action: The quotes are removed and the National Military Strategy cover is moved to the upper left corner of the screen. The following header is shown below the covers:

A power projection strategy requires time and access

Voice: This strategy requires time and access.

Action: The following bullet points are shown below the header when mentioned in the narration. The first word of each sentence is highlighted.

Voice: The US needs access to theater bases, ports, airfields and littoral waters and sufficient time to build-up forces to counter the threat. The war is then fought, the enemy is defeated and the bulk of U.S. forces come home and reconstitute. The DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM operations were an excellent example of this strategy in action.

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