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Title: Impact of FM-120

Action: Begin with an image of tactical aircraft to the bottom left of the screen, this will be followed by a B-17 to the middle/top of the screen as the narration progresses, and finally bombs littering the ground with explosions to the bottom right. Also, present the following bullet list as each is mentioned in the following narration:

Voice: FM 100-20 succinctly summarized combat-proven principles for the organization and employment of air forces and set the stage for the independent Air Force of today. While it emphasized that the goal of so-called strategic aviation was defeat of the enemy nation, the manual provided for diversion of strategic aviation to tactical missions when those missions were vital and decisive. In other words, FM 100-20 made it clear that air power had the ability to shift the priority from one mission or objective to another as the situation dictated. This inherent flexibility and versatility of air power was termed its greatest asset. The modern Air Force has come a long way since 1943. Much of our organizational structure has changed, but most of the doctrinal concepts presented so powerfully over half century ago are as valid now as they were then.

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