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Title: Planning for War

Action: Begin with AWPD-1 Architects across the bottom of the screen and show each of the following men as he is mentioned below: Lt Col Hal George, Lt Col Ken Walker, Maj Haywood Hansel, and Maj Laurence Kuter: :

Voice: In August of 1941, a group of airmen were given the opportunity to apply the airpower theory and doctrine developed at the Air Corps Tactical School and in the GHQ Air Force. President Roosevelt asked the armed services to write a war plan that provided the number of men and equipment needed to fight a future war against the axis powers. The head of General Hap Arnold’s newly created Air War Plans Division, Lt Col Hal George, saw this as an opportunity to incorporate Air Corps Tactical School doctrine into a major war department planning document. Because he needed a working group to start immediately, George recruited several former colleagues from the tactical school—bomber advocates Lt Col Ken Walker, Maj Haywood Hansell, and Maj Laurence Kuter. What they developed was known as Air War Plans Division 1, or AWPD 1 for short.

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