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Title: Example: Desert Storm

Action: Show the background from two pages ago of the F-15, F-16, and F-22, and add a Desert Storm header to the page:

Desert Storm

Voice: Since the earliest days of air and space operations, air and space superiority has been the decisive factor in winning virtually every campaign. For example, letís look at DESERT STORM.

Action: Hide previous graphics and a narrated movie begins playing.

Movie Narration: To the Iraqis, it all looked quite normal. The coalition was night flying, like they had for the past several weeks. [Radio traffic between helicopter crews as they engage targets.] January 17th, 1991. Twenty minutes before H-hour, Air Force and Army helicopters, open a hole in the Iraqi early warning radar line. Ten minutes later, F-117s attack the sector air defense command center.

Action: After scenes from the helicopter attacks, a map of Iraq appears showing the major Iraqi air defense facilities attacked by the helicopters and F-117s. The "hole" opened in the Iraqi defenses is then exploited by follow-on forces.

Movie Narration: With the Iraqi air defenses disrupted, conventional strike packages flow through the hole to hit Scud missile launchers and airfields while fighter escorts pick off the few Iraqi fighters that launch in resistance. Meanwhile, it's H-hour in Baghdad.

Action: Movie continues showing aircraft on the attack into Iraq and the cruise missiles enroute to targets: AT&T Building, Air Force Headquarters, Air Defense Operations Center, Presidential Palace, Talil Sector Operations Center, Electricity Distribution grid, and Salman Pak Intercept Operations Center. Graphic changes to a map of the attack routes and locations for the suppression raids.

Movie Narration: Within the next 20 minutes, F-117s and over 50 Tomahawk land attack missiles strike the communications infrastructure and the major command and control centers, in and around Baghdad as well as the electricity that powers them. Baghdad defenses frantically searched the skies for the attacking stealth fighters. The coalition obliged by orbiting massive numbers of decoys and drones over Baghdad while electronic jamming aircraft cloaked fighters that attacked the radars. This suppression raid was immediately followed by a second wave of F-117 strikes against the command and control centers. At the same time, B-52s and British Tornados hit forward operating bases along the Kuwaiti frontier. Dawn brought no relief with B-52 air launched cruise missiles pounding Baghdad, A-10s beating up the early warning radar sites, and jamming packages supporting conventional strikes on airfields and petroleum production. The "mother of all battles" had begun.

Action: Movie ends; previous background and following bullet statements on air and space superiority appear:

Voice: Since the earliest days of air and space operations, air and space superiority has been the decisive factor in winning virtually every campaign. For example, letís look at DESERT STORM. Through a coordinated and integrated air campaign, coalition forces achieved air and space superiority, even though Iraq still possessed much of its air force. Air and space superiority allowed all coalition forces to operate at will throughout Iraq. It was this effect of air and space power that led Iraq to surrender, rather than the total annihilation of the Iraqi force.

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