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Title: Interdiction and Deep Operations

Action: Begin with a graphic that shows the use of airpower to get across and beyond the FSCL, also display a collage that shows aircraft and equipment that provide deep operations:

Airman's Perspective: JFACC should integrate interdiction assets beyond the fire support coordination line (FSCL)

Alternative Perspective: Land Component Commanders control operations within their area of operations

Joint Perspective: The FSCL should be placed at the proper distance to synchronize corps operations and allow the integration of air for the deep battle

Voice: The JFACC and the Special Operations Component Commander are the functional component commanders with forces at risk beyond the fire support coordination line, or FSCL. Air provides the vast preponderance of deep attack assets and the JFACC is uniquely capable of planning and controlling operations in territories occupied by hostile forces. Land Component Commanders are the supported commanders within their area of operations. They synchronize maneuver, fires, and interdiction. To facilitate this synchronization, such commanders have the authority to designate the target priority, effects, and timing of fires within their areas of operation. The theater perspective provides that the responsibility for interdiction and deep operations should be vested in the commander who has the preponderance of attack assets and the command and control capability to conduct those operations. The question becomes how deep is deep? The FSCL is often used as the answer and the debate surrounding its placement is often resolved by the JFC.

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