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Action: The following selection from Field Manual 3-0, 1-17 is shown on the top of the screen:
The threat or use of Army forces is the ultimate means of imposing the nation’s will and achieving a lasting outcome. Land operations seize the enemy’s territory and resources, destroy his armed forces, and eliminate his means of controlling his population. Only land forces can exercise direct, continuing, discriminate, and comprehensive control over land, people, and resources.
Voice: Army doctrine is based on the belief that the contribution of land forces to joint warfighting is their power to control the land, its resources, and the people who live on it. This primacy of ground operations has influenced the Army’s perspective on airpower since the Wright Flyer. All combat forces, whether armor, artillery, organic aviation, or other service forces are but tools at the disposal of the ground commander in pursuit of the decisive ground operation.
Action: The following foreword from Field Manual 1 is shown on the bottom of the screen:
All of our armed forces must be ready to deal with these threats, but land forces alone have the ability to place enough “boots on the ground” and interact with populations, directly and continuously. In this capacity for human interaction, ground forces are unique. The Army provides human interaction—the basis for our warfighting doctrine, our crisis management philosophy, and our engagement strategy.
Voice: While the Army fully endorses joint warfighting doctrine, and concepts like nonlinear operations indicate some flexibility of thinking about what a decisive operation is, the Army’s doctrine is clear that all operations must support “boots on the ground.”
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