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Title: Targeting Responsibility

Action: Along the bottom of the screen, three pictures are faded in side-by-side representing targeting of airpower.

Voice: Consider how a service’s views on joint warfighting and the roles of the various service components would affect its view on targeting responsibility.

Action: The following header is shown high center screen and two quotes from Field Manual 3-0 are faded in under the header on the left and right middle of the screen, above the pictures. A faded graphic of the cover of FM 3-0 is shown under the quotes:

If you believe that air and space power is primarily a provider of services for surface forces, then you probably believe that surface force commanders should have the final say in target selection.

Land operations determine the outcome of major theater wars…
…land combat makes permanent the temporary effects of other operations.

Voice: If you believe in the primacy of component operations and that air and space power is primarily a provider of services for surface forces, then you probably believe that surface force commanders should have the final say in target selection.

Action: The following header is shown low center screen and a quote from Air Force Doctrine Document 1 is faded in under the header on the bottom middle of the screen, replacing the pictures. A faded graphic of the cover of AFDD 1 is shown under the quote:

If you believe that air and space forces are truly an equal partner in joint operations, then you probably believe that a theater-level air and space commander should have the final say in target selection.

…air and space power does now have the potential to be the dominant and, at times, the decisive element of combat in modern warfare.

Voice: On the other hand, if you believe that air and space forces are truly an equal partner in joint operations and should be employed in support of theater objectives, then you probably believe that a theater-level air and space commander should have the final say in target selection.

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