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Title: Economy of Force

Action: Begin with text 3, a quote by Billy Mitchell, near screen bottom and header and first bullet point of text 1 to screen left.

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JP 3-0 Joint Perspective:

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AFDD-1 Airman’s Perspective:

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It is probable that in a future war a very strong air power may so overawe its rival that it will not await the final shock but will capitulate before a strong demonstration of hostile air power.

Voice: Economy of force concerns the allocation of minimal essential combat power toward achieving secondary efforts.

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Voice: This preserves combat power to mass elsewhere at a decisive time and place.

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Voice: From the point of view of the airman, economy of force demands a rational use of critical resources on properly selected objectives.

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Voice: The misuse or misdirection of air and space forces on ill-defined objectives can reduce their contribution even more than enemy actions.

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