Airpower in Three Wars by William W. Momyer

By William W. Momyer

Initially released through the Air college at Maxwell Air strength Base, basic Momyer's own memoirs offer quite a few specified views. "What I provide during this publication, as particularly and as in actual fact as i will be able to, is an account of how airpower appeared to me from the views i believe will subject so much to airmen. i do not list those perspectives within the wish that airmen, even my buddies, will approve them. actually i am hoping that each one of our airmen who study them will achieve this seriously. We shouldn't depend solely upon yesterday's rules to struggle tomorrow's wars, in any case, yet i'm hoping our airmen will not pay the cost in strive against back for what a few of us have already purchased." common William W. Momyer usa Air strength (Retired)

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We needed a determined campaign of air-to-air engagements, attacks on airfields, and strikes against anti-aircraft and SAM installations. If the entire air defense system were not brought under attack, we would continue to lose pilots and planes unnecessarily, and we would continue to jettison many of our bombs because of actual or threatened MIG attacks. 36 There were, however, limitations imposed on the number of aircraft that could make the strike and the time during which the attacks could be made.

S. S. take over the fighting in South Vietnam. They had previously directed Admiral Harry D. Felt, CINCPAC, to update con- 14 tingency plans and to propose a strategy for an air campaign against North Vietnam. 16 Senior airmen agreed with Felt’s proposals but added that it would also be necessary to cut off the infiltration of men and equipment into South Vietnam by attacking the North Vietnamese homeland. Cutting lines of communication (LOCs) would be relatively ineffective because most of them were hidden by jungle growth and because the North Vietnamese could multiply them almost indefinitely simply by pressing more porters into service.

If this strategy failed, he said, we should then have to consider whether we were willing to deploy a large ground force to Southeast Asia. On the other hand, General Earle G. S. troops in South Vietnam to take on more of the combat role. An air campaign, he believed, should be directed at the lines of communication near the border of South Vietnam, but not at the heartland of North Vietnam. The main emphasis should be on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the logistical network south of Vinh. 18 The Army view was essentially that of Secretary McNamara.

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