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Title: Rolling Thunder—Outcome
Voice: ROLLING THUNDER was the longest aerial-bombardment campaign in the history of American airpower. After this campaign failed, it revealed a great deal about the development and application of airpower in a limited war. Foremost among the reasons for ROLLING THUNDER’s failure was the disconnect between the political strategy of graduated response and the military objectives. Because of this dichotomy, the campaign failed to achieve the objectives established at the beginning of the war. Contributing to the outcome was the failure of the Air Force to use lessons from the Korean War to prepare its forces to fight in a limited conventional war. Civilian political policy, faulty assumptions on the part of Air Force leaders, and technology aimed at improving the Air Force’s capability in a nuclear war, presented the Air Force with a situation in Vietnam for which it was neither doctrinally nor operationally prepared.
Action: Screen begins with a faded collage made of aerial shots of bombings, fighter planes, and bomber planes in the background. The first of the following bullets is shown soon after the narration begins. The rest of the bullets are shown as mentioned in the narration:
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