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By William W. Momyer

Initially released by means of the Air college at Maxwell Air strength Base, basic Momyer's own memoirs offer quite a few designated views. "What I supply during this publication, as particularly and as sincerely as i will be able to, is an account of how airpower regarded to me from the views i believe will topic such a lot to airmen. i do not list those perspectives within the wish that airmen, even my neighbors, will approve them. in reality i'm hoping that each one of our airmen who study them will accomplish that severely. We should not count completely upon yesterday's principles to struggle tomorrow's wars, finally, yet i'm hoping our airmen will not pay the associated fee in wrestle back for what a few of us have already purchased." basic William W. Momyer usa Air strength (Retired)

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Realistically, we could not expect Laos to be our ally, but Laotian neutrality, at least, was essential to the security of Thailand. However, by the spring of 1962, the North Vietnamese supported Pathet Lao appeared about to capture most of the important areas of the country. S. intervention, implicit in the SEATO Treaty, had no significant impact on the conflict or on the peace negotiations then taking place in Geneva. The Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) had developed various contingency plans for Southeast Asia, one of which addressed precisely the situation then existing in Laos.

The Army, however, continued to press for sizeable forces capable of fighting a limited non-nuclear conflict. Army spokesmen feared that the dominant concern about nuclear war was overshadowing the need for ground forces capable of fighting in situations other than nuclear battlefields in Europe. Nevertheless, the survivability of forces on a nuclear battlefield continued to be a major concern of most strategists during the period. S. defense planners differed widely in their opinions about the appropriate role of Airpower in low scale conflict.

Secretary McNamara again disapproved the request on the grounds that attacks on North Vietnamese airfields might cause the Chinese Air Force to assume the air defense mission in North Vietnam. S. and Chinese pilots. The Secretary left the door open, however, for a reexamination of his decision depending upon the actions of the North Vietnamese and the threat of their air force to our interdiction flights. Through the remainder of 1965, however, our strategy remained unchanged, with the ground war in South Vietnam receiving first priority for air strikes and with attacks in North Vietnam being limited to targets south of the 20th parallel.

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