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Title: Force Composition
Action: Screen begins with a box representing an AEF in the upper center of the screen. The top of the box is open, revealing its three components, one labeled for the Air National Guard, one labeled for the Reserves, and one labeled for Active Duty.
Voice: Air Force leaders decided that 10 AEFs are needed to meet current and future force requirements. Each AEF is composed of approximately 150 to 175 aircraft; however, each does not necessarily contain the same types of aircraft. Rather, each AEF has similar capabilities. Most fighter and bomber units are incorporated into the AEFs, although there are some exceptions.
Action: A graphic of a map of Korea is added to the lower left corner of the screen when the country is mentioned in the narration. A small picture of an Airborne Warning and Control system aircraft, or AWAC, and a small picture of a U-2 plane are added on bottom center screen and bottom right screen, respectively and as mentioned in the narration.
Voice: Because of their commitment to combatant commander OPLANS for defense of the Korean Peninsula, forces in South Korea are not incorporated into AEFs. There are also some limited forces that have to be managed carefully, so that they can support the AEFs. These forces are the low density, high demand or LD/HD assets, such as AWACs, EC-130 compass call electronic warfare platforms, and U-2 aircraft.
Action: Two links to other pages are shown on the top right corner of the page, next to the box, as they are mentioned in the narration.
Voice: LD/HD assets are not managed under the same training and deployment cycle as AEFs. They are managed by the Joint Staff under the Global Military Force Policy or GMFP. For more information on LD/HD assets or the GMFP, click the appropriate link on the screen.
Link to LD/HD Systems (opens page in new window): Low Density/High Demand (LD/HD) Systems
Link to GMFP (opens page in new window): Global Military Force Policy
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