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Lesson Index: [ Introduction | Lesson Objective | Overview | Strategic Bombardment | Pursuit Aviation | Air Corps Tactical School | Airpower Debates | Ascension of Bombardment | GHQ Air Force | GHQ Air Force Organization | Roles for GHQ Air Force | Response to Roles Proposal | GHQ Air Force—Pros & Cons | GHQ Air Force Stimulates Doctrine | Planning for War | AWPD-1 | AWPD-1 Objectives | Response to AWPD-1 | Field Manual 100-20 | FM 100-20 Concepts | FM 100-20 Centralized Control | Impact of FM 100-20 | Airpower Evolution | Increasing Autonomy | Doctrine Evolves | USAF as Separate Service | Summary | Quiz ]

Title: Overview

Action: Begin with a background image of various WWII era bombers. Along with the following bullet list as each is mentioned.

Voice: The lesson begins by looking at the Air Corps Tactical School’s doctrinal emphasis on strategic bombardment. It examines the General Headquarters Air Force and its emphasis on independent air operations. Then the lesson explores how these thoughts on strategic bombardment and independent air operations led to the development of Air War Plans Division One, the conceptual basis for the World War Two Strategic Bombing Campaign against Germany. Next, the lesson examines the important and enduring nature of the key doctrinal concepts articulated in the 1943 War Department Field Manual one hundred dash twenty. The lesson concludes with a summary of the key events that led to an increase in autonomy for the Army’s air arm, culminating with the establishment of the United States Air Force in 1947.

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