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Interdiction in Southern Laos, 1960-1968

Interdiction in Southern Laos, 1960-1968

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THE
UNITED
STATES AIR
FORCE
IN
SOUTHEAST ASIA
INTERDICTION
----
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J
gos
1960
-
1968
Jacob Van Staaveren
Air
Force
History
Washington. D.C.
1993
 
Library
of
Congress
Cataloging-in-Publication
Data
Van Staaveren, Jacob.Interdiction in southern Laos, 1960-1968
:
the United States AirForce in Southeast Asia
/
Jacob Van Staaveren.Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975-Aerial operations, American.2. United States. Air
Force-History-Vietnamese
Conflict,1961-1 975. 3. Vietnamese Conflict,
1961-1975-Campaigns-Laos.
4. Laos-History.
I.
Title.DS558.8 .V36 1992p. 358 cm.959.704
348-dc20 92-28507
CIP
For sale
by
the Superintendent
of
Documents,
US.
Government Printing Office,Washington,
D.C.
20402
 
Foreword
Throughout the War in Southeast Asia, Communist forces fromNorth Vietnam infiltrated the isolated, neutral state
of
Laos. Men andsupplies crossed the mountain passes and travelled along an intricate web
of
roads and jungle paths known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the VietCong insurgents in South Vietnam. American involvement in Laos beganwith photo-reconnaissance missions and, as the war in Vietnam intensi-fied, expanded to a series
of
air-ground operations from bases inVietnam and Thailand against fixed targets and infiltration routes insouthern Laos.
U.S.
Air Force leaders and aircrews flying interdiction missions overLaotian territory faced a unique set of challenges. Their efforts wereplagued by political controversies, daunting weather, rugged terrain, atenacious foe, and above all a bewildering array of rules of engagementlimiting the effectiveness of air operations.
Interdiction in Southern
Laos,
Z960-Z968
examines this complex operational environment. Many
of
these issues-particularly those relevant to conducting a politicallysensitive, limited war from foreign bases, with a commitment tominimizing civilian casualties-are still relevant today and for theforeseeable future as the modern Air Force meets its responsibilities in
an
ever-changing global environment.Richard
P.
HallionAir Force Historian
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