Accession Number:

ADA100569

Title:

The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. The Advisory Years to 1965

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF AIR FORCE HISTORY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1981-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

393.0

Abstract:

This publication is the first of a series titled The United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. It tells the story of the Air Forces involvement in the region from the end of the second World War until the major infusion of American troops into Vietnam in 1965. During these years, and most noticeably after 1961, the Air Forces principal role in Southeast Asia was to advise the Vietnamese Air Force in its struggle against insurgents seeking the collapse of the Saigon Government. This story includes some issues of universal applicability to the Air Force the role of air power in an insurgency, the most effective way to advise a foreign ally, and how to coordinate with other American agencies both military and civilian which are doing the same thing. It also deals iwth issues unique to the Vietnamese conflict how to coordinate a centralized, technological modern air force with a feudal, decentralized, indigenous one without overwhelming it, and how best to adapt fighter, reconnaissance, airlift, and liaison planes to a jungle environment. Additional volumes in this series will tell the story of the Air Force in South Vietnam, in Laos, and over North Vietnam until the cessation of the Air Forces direct role in 1973.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE