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Air Power and the Ground War in Vietnam : Ideas and Actions by Donald J. Mrozek

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The Military Service Publishing Company, 1958); and Henry A . Kissinger, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (New York : Harper & Brothers, 1957), 156-57 . 33 . Quoted in Futrell, Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, 406 . Also see Dale O. Smith, US Military Doctrine, A Study and Appraisal (New York : Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1955). 34 . Quoted in Futrell, Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, 2-6 . 35 . , 6. 36 . " Air Force/Space Digest, October 1961, 45-48; Momyer, Air Power in Three Wars, 249. 37 . Quoted in Futrell, Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, 273.

Indeed, the general message of Momyer's book was that the fundamental premises of air power and doctrines for its employment remained valid through World War 11, Korea, and Vietnam. He acknowledged that some adjustments to interdiction were made possible by new weapons, but insisted that the central objective and proper means for its achievement were unaltered . 49 In each case, he asserted, non-Air Force planners first perceived airpower as a subordinate part of a joint strategy that would employ an extensive ground campaign to end the war on favorable terms .

Air power retained a powerful allure during the war in Southeast Asia, raising hope in some quarters that the scales might be tipped in favor of the United States and its allies . Yet it was not clear what practical steps were needed to achieve this result. Without agreement on how to fight, the war in Vietnam became a conflict among US military and political elements . The persistent themes in the history of each service thus became the prologue to their war in Vietnam . NOTES 1 . See Russell F.

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