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Lesson Index: [ Introduction | Overview | Differing Service Perspectives | Role of Air and Space Power | Employment of Air and Space Power | Targeting Responsibility | Functional vs Geographic Command | Summary ]

Title: Employment of Air and Space Power

Action: Along the left side of the screen are two pictures representing air and space power in joint operations. The following header is shown high on the remaining part of the screen:

Employment of air and space power in joint operations:

Voice: A service’s overall warfighting philosophy heavily influences how it employs its forces, including air and space forces.

Action: The first of the following bullet points is shown center screen as mentioned in the narration:

Voice: If a service believes that integrated theater-level operations are the key to success in joint operations, the service probably advocates that theater-level missions like interdiction, strategic attack, and counterair should be centrally controlled at the theater level. It would follow that air and space forces, which are heavily used in such missions, would also be controlled by a theater-level air commander.

Action: The second bullet point is shown center screen as mentioned in the narration:

Voice: Conversely, if a service believes that synchronized, but separate, component operations are the key to joint success, the service probably argues for component commander control of all operations, including air, within the component’s area of operations. Ultimately, the issues of the role of air and space power and its employment translate into two real-world doctrinal differences: targeting responsibility; and functional versus geographic command.

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