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Title: Space Assets

Action: In the background is an image of Earth as seen from space.

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Principles of War:

Voice: Space assets allow the US to monitor activities throughout the world. This is vital for the protection of strategic interests.

Action: Periodically, graphics are added to screen right, one after the other, to represent space and its assets. The first bullet point of text 1 is shown on the screen left, along with its sub-bullet points.

Voice: In many parts of the world, the U.S. is unable to deploy a significant physical presence. For instance, the U.S. played a large role in the U.N. treaty compliance inspections in Iraq after Desert Storm, but was allowed only small teams of inspectors. The placement of troops in Bosnia was greatly restricted by politics and physical security concerns. Furthermore, the Rwandan refugee migration had foreign policy implications but there was virtually no U.S. military presence in the region.

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Voice: Space assets give the U.S. unique capabilities for surveillance, reconnaissance, communications, and navigation across the globe.

Action: Text 1 is removed and the header and first bullet point of text 2 is shown in its place. The rest of text 2 is shown when mentioned in the narration. The picture on the right continues to change to support the narration.

Voice: Space-based assets allow direct access to objectives exactly where needed, whether during combat, operations other than war, or peace operations. Space assets do the work of literally thousands of land-based systems at a higher level of fidelity and without putting lives at risk. The security of overhead systems, at least for the present, is obvious. However, as other nations make technical advances, more effort to secure space-based systems will be needed. Objective, economy of force, and security are but a few of the principles of war that space assets exemplify in supporting national and military strategy.

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