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Title: Post-Vietnam Assessment

Voice: After the Vietnam War, Air Force doctrine retained a heavy emphasis on nuclear deterrence due to the continuing Soviet strategic threat. As with the Korean War, Vietnam offered a vast experience for analyzing the role of airpower during conventional warfare. But, instead of examining that relationship, Air Force doctrine experts chose to retain the familiar issues of nuclear warfare. However, one service component did capitalize on the lessons of Vietnam. Army doctrine experts undertook an extensive reexamination of their doctrine. The Army’s priority shifted back to Europe and the difficult problem of how to stop the Soviet and Warsaw Pact threat on a European battlefield. Out of that re-examination arose a concept called AirLand Battle.

Action: Along the bottom of the screen there are three faded images of a tank, a B-52, and an aerial view of a bombing in the background. The first of the following bullet points is shown above the pictures one-third of the way through the narration. The second bullet point is shown midway through the narration. The third bullet point is shown shortly after the second:

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