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Title: AEF Characteristics

Action: Screen begins with a faded image of Earth as seen from space in the center of the screen. The initials, AEF, are shown in front of the Earth so that the letters extend the width of the Earth. A hand magnifying glass is in front of the AEF and magnifies the “F” so that it appears slightly larger than the other two letters. The following header and bullet points are shown overlaying the images on the top center of the screen as mentioned in the narration:

The AEF concept is a systematic and organized approach for presenting forces that are

Voice: The AEF concept represents a systematic and organized approach for rapidly presenting forces that are light, lean, and tailored to meet the needs of theater combatant commanders.

Action: The following bullet points and footer are shown in the remaining space on the screen as mentioned in the narration:

The AEF concept is not a

Voice: The concept improves the integration of the Total Force by using the Guard and Reserve in a much more effective way than has been done in the past. AEF organizes the Total Force to provide greater capability, while at the same time creating greater stability and predictability for Air Force people. The AEF concept is not a risk to a theater combatant commander’s ability to execute regional Operation Plans or OPLANs. If a major theater war erupts, the Air Force either will deploy personnel and conduct missions in accordance with the combatant commander’s OPLAN or respond to unfolding events via crisis action planning. In today’s 4-2-1 strategy, the Air Force is tasked to rapidly respond to a wide variety of combatant commanders’ requirements. With this mandate, all resources must be postured to respond to a variety of contingencies. Finally, the AEF concept will be codified in the Air Force’s Global AEF Presence Policy.

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