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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: Lesson Recap

Action: Screen begins with a graphic showing how the AEF concept has changed since the Cold War. On the left side of the screen are the basic points of the AEF concept during the Cold War. On the right side of the screen are the basic points of the AEF concept today. There is a footer at the bottom of the screen. The footer and points for both versions of the concept are as follows:

Cold War Air Force

Today’s Air Force

AEF—A systematic and organized approach to meet the needs of theater combatant commanders in a changing national security environment

Voice: This lesson explained how factors, such as declining personnel numbers, reduced overseas basing, increased deployments, and a change in national security strategy, served as a background for development of the AEF concept. The AEF concept was characterized as a systematic and organized approach for presenting forces to meet the theater commander’s needs.

Action: The graphic is removed and the graphic from AEF Organization screen is shown, with units assigned to NAFs, and NAFs assigned to MAJCOMs, and AEFs along the bottom, made of units from each MAJCOM.

Voice: The lesson then described how the AEF concept fits into the current Air Force organizational structure.

Action: The following statement is shown overlaying the graphic in the center of the screen:

Air and Space Expeditionary Forces (AEFs) represent a cross section of air and space capabilities that can be tailored to meet the needs of theater combatant commanders.

Voice: The AEF construct was described as a force management tool for implementing the AEF concept. This main point included an overview of AEF force requirements, composition and alignment, and also an explanation of how the AEF construct fits into the joint task force organization.

Action: The graphic is removed and the graphic from AEF Rotational Cycle is shown, representing AEF rotational cycles 3 and 4. It shows which AEFs are responsible for being the combat leads, the bomber group leads, AEWs and LMWs.

Voice: The 15-month rotational cycle of AEFs was presented, along with examples of AEF force alignment.

Action: The graphic is removed and the ending graphic from AEF Vision Across the Spectrum is shown.

Voice: The lesson ended with a discussion of the AEF concept across the spectrum of conflict.

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