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Title: Evolving National Security Strategy

Action: Screen begins with a faded background collage of the following: Presidents Kennedy and Reagan signing bills, the statue of Liberty, the Berlin Wall, and communist activity. The following bullets are shown center screen, overlaying background, as mentioned in the narration:

Voice: Since the downfall of communism, there has been a significant change in our national security strategy. Previously, the United States was faced with “containing” a single threat. Under a national security strategy of “containment,” the US Air Force fought from forward bases and deployed forces from stateside to a well-established infrastructure. During the latter part of the Cold War Era, the Air Force had more than 50 forward-deployed overseas bases and personnel strength at the time numbered approximately 570,000.

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