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By Paul Hendrickson

One of many most interesting books to emerge from the Vietnam adventure, The residing and the lifeless offers an excellent examine of Robert McNamara, his decision-making in the course of the battle, and how his judgements affected his personal lifestyles and the lives of 5 participants. A huge paintings approximately energy, its abuse, and its sufferers, this meticulously researched, superbly written, explosive, and passionate ebook is frequently in clash with McNamara's model of occasions. First serial within the Washington submit.

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The November 1952 agreement also expanded the Army’s area of air operations to a combat zone “normally understood” to be fifty to a hundred miles in depth. 52 The second Pace-Finlet­ ter Agreement, then, effectively sanctioned further incremental expansion of Army aviation both in terms of raw aircraft numbers and roles and missions. One specific area in which the Army and Air Force clashed over the de­ marcation of roles between the services was that of air mobility. Noting the Army’s increasing interest in this role, the Air Force’s Tactical Air Command called, in 1949, for the development of Air Force troop carrying helicopter units, but Air Staff interest was low and funds were limited.

1978), tape 1, transcript 50. 37. , tape 1, transcript, 32. 38. Harold K. Johnson, Gen, Interview, Senior Officer Oral History Program, MHI, 1972-3, Vol. II, tape 8, interview 8, transcript, 36; Earl H. Tilford, Setup: What the Air Force Did in Vietnam and Why (Maxwell AFB, AL, 1991), 32-33 & Alain C. Enthoven & Wayne K. Smith, How Much is Enough? Shaping the Defense Program, 1961-1969 (New York, 1972), 9. 39. Gabriel P. Disosway, Gen, USAF, Interview, US Air Force Oral History Program, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, AL, 1977, pp.

67. Vincent Demma, “War Gaming and Simulation in the Development of the 11th Air Assault Division” (Washington DC, US Army Center of Military His­ tory [hereinafter referred to as CMH] Information Paper, 1992), 4. 68. Frederic A. Bergerson, The Army Gets an Air Force: Tactics of Insurgent Bureaucratic Politics (Baltimore, 1980), 72-78. 69. Hamilton H. Howze, The Howze Board, Army (February 1974), 12. 70. , 296­ 297. 71. , pp. 295-300. Doubt was cast on the Air Force’s exclusive responsibil­ ity for the delivery of United States’ strategic nuclear weapons by the develop­ ment of ballistic missile technology.

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