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Title: FM 100-20 Centralized Control

Action: Begin screen with a large image of FM 100-20 in the background with the following title and quote in the foreground:

FM 100-20 advocated centralized control

“…such concentrated use of the air striking force is a battle winning factor of the first importance. Control of available air power must be exercised through the air force commander if this inherent flexibility and ability to deliver a decisive blow are to be fully exploited.”

FM 100-20, 21 July 1943

Voice: Significantly, FM 100-20 declared that to maximize its inherent flexibility,…

Action: Present highlight over “control…commander”:

Voice: …an air commander must centrally control air power in a theater.

Action: Remove the first highlight and replace it with a highlight over “battle…importance” as it is mentioned, along with a highlight over “ability…blow” as mentioned:

Voice: Clearly, the discussion of air power as a “battle winning factor of the first importance” and the idea that air power had the “ability to deliver a decisive blow” pleased most airmen who had long sought acknowledgement that air power was far more than merely a supporter of surface forces.

Action: Remove the highlights.

Voice: Additionally, the manual stated that the theater commander will not normally attach air units to ground force units, a practice that prior to the publication of FM 100-20, was quite commonplace.

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