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Title: Air Corps Tactical School

Voice: An exploration of the development of Air Force doctrine must begin at the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, Alabama. It was here in the air corps’ “think tank,” that Billy Mitchell’s vision of airpower formed the foundation for airpower doctrine. Leaders at the school first argued for the independence of air forces from other branches of the service. They further articulated that centralized command and control was the most efficient method of employing airpower. And finally, early airpower advocates stressed the efficacy of strategic bombing.

Action: Screen begins with faded picture of an aerial view of the Air Corps Tactical School and overlays a ghosted image of Billy Mtichell. One-third of the way through the narration, the following sentence is shown high, center screen:

The Air Corps Tactical School laid the foundation for the successful application of air power

Action: When mentioned in narration, the following bullets are shown center screen:

  • Independent operations for air forces
  • Centralized control of air power
  • Efficacy of strategic bombing
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