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Title: Overview

Voice: The lesson will begin with a brief review of the historical development of air and space power doctrine. It will then focus on the period immediately following World War Two, when the Air Force became a separate service and began to develop its own airpower doctrine in response to the Cold War. Next, the lesson will examine how the limited war fought in Korea caused the Air Force to deviate from the airpower doctrine established during World War Two. The factors that led to excursions from doctrine during the Vietnam War will be examined. Finally, the lesson will analyze the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how this war affected later development of Air Force doctrine.

Action: Show the following bullets as they are mentioned in the narration:

  • Foundations of Air Force Doctrine
  • The Cold War
  • The “Limited War”—Korea
  • Examples from the Vietnam War
  • Post Vietnam Period
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