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

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But this tendency toward an organizational coherence and a unitary vision of war did not foster flexibility and versatility, whether in tactics, strategy, or force structure . The Army and the Navy, by contrast, embarked on specific programs and wideranging reevaluations of their respective positions in defense . Capitalizing on its World War II experience, the Army gradually developed both practices and doctrine for psychological warfare and special operations, including the development of ranger units .

On the development of Truman's defense policy and its emphasis, see Donald J . Mrozek, "Peace Through Strength," unpublished doctoral dissertation, Rutgers University, 1972 . An interesting and balanced appraisal of Truman's policies is found in Richard F . Haynes, The Awesome Power, Harry S. Truman as Commander-in-Chief (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973) . 29 . Lt Gen E. R. , "Tactical Air Power," Air University Quarterly Review 1, no . 4 (Spring 1948) : 44-45. 30 . Dulles is quoted in Futrell, Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, 13 ; Wilson is quoted in Donald J.

Moreover, some officials gave more attention to political considerations than to the explicitly and concretely military ones . For them, political sensitivities in Thailand or South Vietnam might override sound military judgment . Behind the determination of command and control arrangements lay the question of which goal was the key. To say the objective was victory was surely too vague . The need was to decide where victory would occur and what would constitute it. Whatever else may be said, for good or ill, prosecution of the ground war did not enjoy consistent priority .

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