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Title: Forces of Change

Action: The doctrine-strategy link from the Introduction is showing center screen. The following words are shown overlaying the link at different places when mentioned in the narration:

Voice: The relationship between doctrine and strategy is extremely dynamic. Vietnam has shown the peril of developing strategy without due regard for doctrinal issues. On the other hand, the whole purpose of doctrine is to codify a set of best practices for achieving the goals of strategies. Our Cold War doctrine was developed to support a Cold War strategy. Doctrine cannot exist in isolation from strategy. There are many forces of change that affect the evolution of this dynamic relationship between doctrine and strategy. Certainly politics and social pressures can dictate military practices in conflict with established doctrine. Budget considerations may also cause political guidance that deviates from sound doctrinal practices. Technological changes affecting our capabilities or the threats we face can also upset the alignment of strategy and doctrine.

Action: The following selection from AFDD 1 is shown low center screen:

…political, economic, or social realities may dictate strategic and operational approaches that depart from accepted doctrine when leaders develop our national security strategy or develop plans for particular contingencies. When this happens, military commanders should delineate for political leaders the military consequences of those adaptations.

Voice: When misalignments occur, military leaders are responsible for delineating the consequences to political leaders. It is a near certainty, however, that if a selected strategy is not linked to sound air and space doctrine, then air and space forces are likely to be much less effective in achieving strategy objectives.

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