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The study ends with an account of events leading to the overthrow of the Diem government in Saigon late in Special Air Warfare Doctrines and Capabilities, This study recounts the continuing Air Force-Army struggle over special warfare roles and missions; the OSD acceptance of an Air Force proposal to increase its special air warfare force; the Army's efforts to add organic aviation to its Special Forces; the relationship of STRICOM to the special warfare forces of the services; the buildup of special air warfare units in the unified commands; the growing importance of civic action and mobile training teams in underdeveloped nations; and progress in securing more modern aircraft.

In the first four chapters the author describes the progressive military and political decline of the Saigon regime, after two government coups, and the efforts by U. Curtis E. LeMay, who frequently stated that only air strikes on North Vietnam could end the insurgencies in South Vietnam and in Laos and bring stability to the Vietnamese government.


This contrasted with administration efforts to devise an effective pacification program and, pending emergence of a stable government, its decision to adopt a "low risk" policy to avoid military escalation. In the remaining chapters of the study, the author discusses briefly the major USAF augmentations, the expansion of the Vietnamese Air Force, the problem of service representation in Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and the rules of engagement as they affected particularly air combat training.

The author focuses on USAF participation in the development of policy for prosecuting the war, the build-up of U. The report describes the Johnson Administration's deployment planning into for Southeast Asia and other Pacific Command areas. It focuses especially on the impact of the planning on the Air Force's resources and world-wide defense posture. Topics covered include plans for the military buildup in Southeast Asia, political considerations associated with new force deployments, and the continuing debate on war strategy and the conduct of the air campaign in the North. USAF Plans and Policies: Logistics and Base Construction in Southeast Asia, This study completed in examines the overall logistic problems facing the Air Force in as it undertook to prepare for a war of seemingly indeterminate length.

The author reviews the steps taken to improve the Air Force's munitions situation, Southeast Asia base construction, and high-level planning for construction of an anti-infiltration system across South Vietnam and Laos, which would require special USAF support facilities, equipment, and personnel. Prior to the summer of , when Southeast Asia operations sharply increased, the USAF manpower pool had been contracting as a result of previous decisions and actions. Thereafter, the trend was reversed and the Air Force undertook measures to enlarge its base as quickly as possible.

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It reviews steps taken by the Air Force to improve bombing accuracies and briefly discusses the major systems which were developed and deployed to the theater under Project Shed Light. The Administration Emphasizes Air Power, This Top Secret declassified in study covers the policy changes introduced by the Nixon administration during in regard to the Vietnam War, particularly as they affected the role of air power.

Repeatedly expressing determination to end the war as early as possible on the basis of self-determination of the South Vietnamese people, President Nixon decided, after negotiations with the Communists in Paris proved fruitless, to unilaterally withdraw U. The first reduction in U. However, a particular phenomenon of the year was that air power was not materially reduced. The main theme of this history is that, in his effort to "wind down" the war via Vietnamization while maintaining pressure on North Vietnam to negotiate, the President made new and greater use of the Air Force.

The Role of Air Power Grows, This top secret declassified in report reviews plans and policies effecting the air war in Southeast Asia, as they were discussed, reviewed, and ordered implemented in by the White House, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Air Force In this study, the author discusses the Air Force's role in supporting President Nixon's decisions to withdraw American ground troops from the theater and rely primarily on air power to provide continuing U.

The author examines the Washington-level decisions of early to reduce U.

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The author also reviews the debates among Washington-level agencies on the effectiveness of the various air campaigns, and she devotes a chapter to USAF efforts to improve and modernize the Vietnamese Air Force. Massive USAF efforts were devoted to attacking and destroying enemy stockpiles and troop concentrations in Cambodia and Laos, to supporting South Vietnamese ground attacks in the Laotian panhandle, to attempting to Vietnamize the interdiction function, and, finally, to countering the enemy air buildup in late Complicating these endeavors was the requirement to withdraw certain American air units as part of the overall drawdown from Southeast Asia.

In describing these actions, the author reviews key national policies and other developments that affected operations. These provide a background for understanding the dramatic events of in which the USAF was so much involved. It is an exciting and significant aspect of Air Force history. Tactics and Techniques of Close Air Support Operations - This study traces the chief developments in close air support tactics and techniques from to The large aircraft parking ramp and concrete aircraft shelters remain, although the shelters appear to have been left unused.

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