Accession Number : ADA421692


Title :   Air Power and the Ground War in Vietnam, Ideas and Actions


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL CENTER FOR AEROSPACE DOCTRINE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION


Personal Author(s) : Mrozek, Donald J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a421692.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1988


Pagination or Media Count : 210


Abstract : Ultimately, this study is about a smaller Vietnam War than that which is commonly recalled. It focuses on expectations concerning the impact of air power on the ground war and on some of its actual effects, but it avoids major treatment of some of the most dramatic air actions of the war, such as the bombing of Hanoi. To many who fought the war and believe it ought to have been conducted on a still larger scale or with fewer restraints, this study may seem almost perverse, emphasizing as it does the utility of air power in conducting the conflict as a ground war and without total exploitation of our most awe-inspiring technology. Justifications for such a study may take many forms. The simplest is that air power contributed much to lower level conflict. Allowing for the great importance of strategic deterrence, the United States will still face challenges to its own and its allies' interests at far lower levels of conflict. In the context of these likely problems, the Vietnam experience assumes considerable interest.


Descriptors :   *LAND WARFARE , *AIR POWER , *VIETNAM WAR , WARFARE , UNITED STATES , LOW LEVEL , CONFLICT , POWER , STRATEGIC WARFARE , VIETNAM , DETERRENCE , BOMBING


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE