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Title: Role 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:

Role of air and space power in joint operations:

Voice: What is the proper role of air and space power in joint operations?

Action: Show the first of the following bullet points under the header:

Voice: If a service believes that air and space forces are truly an equal partner and can, in many circumstances, be as decisive as surface forces, then that service probably believes that air and space forces should be assigned tasks and objectives that are independent of surface operations.

Action: Show the second bullet point:

Voice: However, if a service believes that air and space forces primarily provide services to surface forces, the service probably advocates that air and space operations be inextricably tied to decisive surface operations. It should be obvious, then, that a service’s view on the role of air and space power in joint operations influences its belief on how much command and control surface commanders should have over air and space operations.

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