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Author Michael, Phillip S., author.

Title The strategic significance of Linebacker II : political, military and beyond / by Phillip S. Michael.

Publication Info. Carlisle Barracks, PA : U.S. Army War College, 2003.
Ft. Belvoir : Defense Technical Information Center


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 101.2:L 63    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (vi, 24 pages).
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series USAWC strategy research project
USAWC strategy research project.
Note Title from title screen (viewed September 15, 2016).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 23-24).
Summary President Nixon enjoyed a solid reelection victory in 1972. Even so, he faced an imminent cutoff of funds for the Vietnam War, so he needed a decision strategy to end the war in a short period of time. This SRP will describe the instrument of national power he chose to fulfill that objective-the strategic bombing campaign named LINEBACKER II. The campaign illustrates the application of military power to achieve a political goal. This study describes the evolution of U.S. strategy leading up to the campaign, the strategy of the campaign, and the consequences of that strategy. Conducted 30 years ago, LINEBACKER II offers an excellent case study on how the Air Force incorporates historical experience into its air power doctrine. Two opposing interpretations of the success of LINEBACKER II have influenced Air Force Doctrine. The first, or traditional interpretation examines the operation as the example of how air power should have been used throughout the war. This consensus interpretation dominated the Air Force's view of LINEBACKER II until the late 1980s, when more critical or revisionist interpretations began to appear. This study assesses both the traditional and revisionist interpretations of LINEBACKER II. Finally, it examines the doctrinal implications of LINEBACKER II on current doctrine and air operations.
Subject United States. Air Force -- History -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
United States. Air Force. (OCoLC)fst00538280
Operation Linebacker II, 1972. (OCoLC)fst01941245
Vietnam War (1961-1975) (OCoLC)fst01431664
Operation Linebacker II, 1972.
Air power -- United States -- History.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Aerial operations, American.
Military strategy.
Military operations.
Military history.
Decision making.
Military doctrine.
Case studies.
Air power.
Battle management.
Vietnam war.
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics.
Air power. (OCoLC)fst00802495
Military operations, Aerial -- American. (OCoLC)fst01710199
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1961-1975
Genre/Form Online resources.
Electronic government information.
Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Army War College (U.S.), issuing body.
Standard No. DTICE ADA414163
Gpo Item No. 0325 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.2:L 63

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