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Lesson Index: [ Introduction | Lesson Objective | Overview | Expeditionary Operations | Evolving National Security Strategy | Basing Changes | Basing Changes, continued | Current National Security Strategy | Temporary Basing | From Containment to Engagement | AEF Characteristics | Traditional Organization | AEF Organization | AEF Construct | Force Requirements | Force Composition | Force Composition, continued | AEF Employment Concept | Lead Wing | Lead Mobility Wing | AEFs in Joint Forces | AEF Cycle | AEF Cycle, continued | AEF Rotation Schedule | AEF Force Alignment | Expeditionary Combat Support | AEF Vision Across the Spectrum | AEF Issues | Lesson Recap | Summary | Quiz ]

Title: Basing Changes

Action: Screen begins with a mercator map indicating the names and geographic locations of the Air Force’s Cold War era forward bases.

Voice: This chart reflects the names and geographic locations of the Air Force’s Cold War era forward bases.

Action: The following bullets are shown lower, left screen, overlaying map, as mentioned in the narration:

Cold War Era Air Force:

Voice: During this era, the Air Force operated from a garrison state and was supported by robust basing and manning. The garrison state enabled the Air Force to successfully contribute to the national strategy of “containment.”

Action: Map changes to an updated map indicating the names and geographic locations of current Air Force bases overseas. There are two-thirds fewer bases and many countries that had several bases no longer have any. The following bullets are shown lower, left screen, overlaying new map, replacing previous bullets, as mentioned in the narration:

Current Air Force:

Voice: Following the breakup of the former Soviet Union and the aftermath of the Gulf War, the Air Force has experienced a dramatic draw-down in both basing and personnel. The Air Force has undergone a major transition and now has two-thirds fewer forward bases than it had in the Cold War Era. Although there has been a decrease in forward basing and the number of Air Force personnel, neither the operations nor the personnel tempo has diminished and, in fact, both have substantially increased.

Action: The previous text is removed and replaced by the following text, bottom center screen:

Current national security strategy mandates that the Air Force remain globally engaged.

Voice: Even with decreased basing and manning, the national security strategy mandates that the Air Force remains globally engaged.

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