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Title: Introduction

Action: Screen begins with a picture of Ferdinand Foch, General Commander Allied Armies, on the left side of the screen. On the right is this quote, attributed to him in 1918:

History must be the source of learning the art of war.... In peace times it becomes the true method of learning war and of determining the invariable principles of the art of war.

Voice: General Ferdinand Foch, Commander of the Allied Armies in World War One, explained the importance of studying the history of warfare. As an airman, you are entrusted with the role of properly and effectively applying air and space principles in the accomplishment of national military strategy.

Action: The following quote from the 1997 version of Air Force Doctrine Document 1 is shown under the preceding text:

These principles represent generally accepted “truths” which have proven to be effective throughout history.

Voice: To do this, you must study the historical application of air and space power and understand its advantages and limitations. This lesson, titled, “The Principles of War” will help you gain that understanding.

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