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Title: Synergistic Effects

Action: Begin with the dictionary definition of synergy:

Pronunciation Key (snr-j) n. pl. syn∑er∑gies 1. The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. 2. Cooperative interaction among groups, especially among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation, that creates an enhanced combined effect.

Voice: The proper application of priority for a flexible, versatile and coordinated force can produce effects that exceed the contributions of separately employed, individual forces. This type of outcome is the subject of the next tenet called "synergistic effects."

Action: Remove definition and add a diagram that shows how the different services, and groups within the seperate services are integrated into one fighting force.

Voice: Synergistic effects can be created internally within Air Forces or externally with surface forces. When applied in comprehensive and mutually supportive air operations, the functions of air and space power produce effects well beyond the proportion of each functionís individual contribution to the campaign. Air and space operations can also be applied in coordinated joint campaigns with surface forces, with the goal of either enhancing or being enhanced by the effects of surface forces.

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