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Title: Operation Eldorado Canyon

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Lakenheath F-111 at “last chance” en route to Libya

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Voice: An example of the proper relationship between doctrine and strategy rests in Operation Eldorado Canyon. During this event, the national security objectives centered on sending a message to the Libyan leadership, and to the world, that the U.S. would not stand for acts of terrorism against its citizens. To support this objective, the military developed a strategy grounded in doctrinal principles. This strategy called for demonstrating U.S. military capability and resolve to retaliate against terrorist acts. The resulting joint air strategy consisted of precision air attacks on Libyan targets with links to terrorist activities. This strategy was based on tactical-level doctrinal principles. Those principles guided the selection and employment of the weapon systems most suited for fulfilling the military strategy of striking against terrorist acts.

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