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Title: Route Package System

Voice: The Route Package System is an example of this diffused responsibility. This system was a control arrangement devised by Air Force and Navy commanders because they could not reach a satisfactory agreement on the unified employment of airpower. The agreement divided airpower into separate geographic areas for command and control. Ultimately, the Air Force and the Navy ran their own, separate air operations within their respective route packages. This command arrangement created air employment problems, similar to those encountered in the Korean War. While the Air Force and Navy attempted a compromise command and control structure, the Route Package System was not the most effective command relationship for directing both forces toward a common objective and robbed airpower of its inherent flexibility and ability to create synergistic effects.

Action: Screen begins with a map of Vietnam on the right side of screen. The country is divided into sections based on where the armed services had their separate commands. The following text is shown on the left side of the screen to describe which zones were run by which service:

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