Aces and Aerial Victories: The USAF in Southeat Asia, 1965-1973

A pdf book describing the role played by the “fast movers” and big bombers in the Vietnam War.

One would be tempted to take a skeptical approach to reports like this, seeing them (particularly today) as a means of justifying the role of expensive aviation hardware in combating an insurgency. But there is more happening here.

This is really an account of the challenges of operating in an environment with restrictive rules of engagement, and the work hints that not only tactics but strategy, platforms, and force structure must change when fighting a “limited” or hybrid war.

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Compound Warfare

In this pdf book from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College explores an area that now demands attention. The combined use of conventional and guerrilla warfare has in the wake of the past decade once again gained acceptance among strategists in the west. In the east, where it was used to such great effect by both Mao Zedong in China and Ho Chi Minh (Hu Zhimin) in Vietnam, the mainland powers are rediscovering the concept and are extending it into their military doctrine.

The book itself examines cases of compound warfare as used over the past 250 years, not only by Mao and Ho, but in the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Angl0-Irish War, and in the Soviet’s fight in Afghanistan. Essential reading for students (and critics) of strategy.