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Title:
Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets : lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War
Author:
Rosenau, William.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Project Air Force/Rand, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xi, 60 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
General Note:
"Prepared for the United States Air Force."

"MR-1408-AF"--P. [4] of cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1720 Lexile.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780833030719
Format :
Book

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Special operations forces can be effective where conventional ground units and air power alone cannot locate elusive or hidden ground targets, but there are limitations.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Summaryp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Organization of the Reportp. 3
Chapter 2 U.S. Air Ground Operations Against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 1966-1972p. 5
The Strategic Settingp. 5
Ho Chi Minh Trail Characteristicsp. 6
Early Operations Against the Trailp. 8
Igloo White and the "Electronic Battlefield"p. 11
The Creation of MACV Special Operations Group (MACVSOG)p. 14
"Over the Fence" in Laosp. 17
Assessing OP 35's Effectivenessp. 24
Chapter 3 Coalition Scud-Hunting in Iraq, 1991p. 29
The Strategic Environmentp. 29
The Iraqi Scud Threatp. 30
Air Operations Against Scudsp. 33
Missions of Special Operations Forcesp. 34
Assessing the Effectiveness of the Scud Huntp. 40
Chapter 4 Conclusions and Implications for Future Operationsp. 45
Appendix Supplementary Materialsp. 51
Referencesp. 55