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Title: Navy Perspective on Airpower

Action: The background is of naval warfighting images. The following bullet points are shown on screen as mentioned in the narration:

Voice: Airpower is a key element of both of the Navy’s warfighting critical operational capabilities—battlespace dominance and power projection. For the Navy, job one in establishing battlespace dominance is fleet defense, and air assets are essential to the anti-air, anti-surface, and undersea warfare components of fleet defense. Air superiority is a part of battlespace dominance that is maintained by shipboard air defense systems and carrier aircraft. The Navy’s concept of power projection is direct and decisive influence of events ashore from the sea. Airpower, whether in the form of strike aircraft or Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, is often the primary tool for projecting power ashore. If a ground campaign is not anticipated, the air campaign may actually be the decisive operation and may be led by a Naval commander. Another method of power projection ashore is through amphibious operations. Without adequate naval surface fire support, Navy air may be tied to support of the amphibious operation. Air assets then become part of the Marine combined arms team and their power projection contribution to the theater air campaign may be reduced. In the final analysis then, the Navy uses airpower to satisfy its own organic needs, such as fleet defense and amphibious assault support, before making assets available to the theater air campaign. In this regard they are like the Army and Marine Corps, viewing airpower as an arm of a combined arms team. On the other hand, the Navy’s current vision recognizes airpower as a form of power projection that can be decisive in achieving objectives. This view has sparked an aggressive upgrade of the Navy’s airpower capabilities to increase the amount available to the Joint Force Commander.

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