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Title: Strategic Bombardment

Action: Begin screen with a picture of an early World War One style bomber, at screen left. Present the following bullet list as each is mentioned in the following text:

Air Power

Voice: Many early airpower theorists, including Douhet, Trenchard, and Mitchell, began to realize that airpower was more than merely an extension of surface forces and a provider of services for them. Airpower’s ability to bypass surface forces and strike directly at the heart of enemy power offered new ways to approach warfare and offered an alternative to the mass carnage experienced during World War One. The concept of strategic bombardment embodied the ideas of air operations independent of surface warfare and provided the focus for much of the doctrinal thought in the years between World War One and World War Two.

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