Accession Number:

ADB954899

Title:

Air-Supported Anti-Infiltration Barrier.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA JASON DIV

Report Date:

1966-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

71.0

Abstract:

In this report we discuss a possible air-supported barrier or interdiction zone that would help to isolate the South Vietnam battlefield from North Vietnam. The ideas are not unrelated to proposals in this area that have been made previously, but they are perhaps explored in more depth than such ideas have been explained hitherto, and operations on a larger scale that have previously been considered are envisaged. Both advantages and difficulties are discussed, on the assumption of a relatively long war lasting several years. Part I gives some general views of the relation of such a barrier to the general course of the war then in Part II we present a rough picture of the current infiltration system and of U.S. operations against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, as it has been presented to us in briefings. Part III, a system conception, is described for an air-supported barrier. An initial system is discussed, that could be largely operational within a year or so from go-ahead using nearly- available weapons, aircraft, and equipment. Even for such a system some component engineering will be necessary. Part IV gives a partial analysis of how such a barrier might be deployed, its potential impact on the communist war effort, and of strategic measures North Vietnam could take to circumvent it if it is successful.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE