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Title: Example: Yom Kippur War

Action: Begin with the title to the following text, as the narration progresses present a map of Israel and cycle through images that show SAMS,downed aircraft, and images that explicitly show the need for air superiority:

Situations force comanders to take risks:

Commanders must strive to balance risk vs. gain

Voice: An example of balancing the necessity of taking action against associated risk occurred during the October 1973 Yom Kippur War. Recall that after the initial Egyptian and Syrian successes, the Israeli Defense Forces held steady and by 10 October counterattacked but without first achieving air superiority. This action proved to be very costly. During the first week, the Israelis lost sixty fighter aircraft. This rate was twenty times larger than the factory production rate for the planes. The potential consequences of such high aircraft losses highlight the need for careful balancing of action taken and risk involved. Although the situation may sometimes force a violation of this tenet, commanders must strive to maintain a proper balance between risk and gain.

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