The Resource Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets : lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War, William Rosenau

Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets : lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War, William Rosenau

Label
Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets : lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War
Title
Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets
Title remainder
lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War
Statement of responsibility
William Rosenau
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf conflict, special operations forces (SOF) conducted reconnaissance operations to locate hidden targets when political and other considerations prevented the deployment of conventional ground units and air power alone was unable to locate and eliminate elusive objectives. In Vietnam, SOF teams crossed the border into Laos to search for truck parks, storage depots, and other assets along the Ho Chi Minh Trail that were obscured by jungle canopy and camouflage. In western Iraq, British and American SOF patrolled vast areas searching for mobile Scud launchers. In both cases, the nature of the terrain combined with adversary countermeasures made it extremely difficult for ground teams to achieve their objectives. There are a number of implications for future operations. Although new technology, such as mini- and micro-unmanned aerial vehicles, may make it easier to teams to reconnoiter wide areas, using SOF in this fashion is unlikely to achieve U.S. objectives. Concerns about casualties and prisoners of war are likely to limit the use of SOF to the most vital national interests. However, unattended ground sensors could play an enhanced role in future operations. Although most will be delivered by air, some will require hand emplacement in difficult enemy terrain, a mission well suited to SOF. SOF in a battle damage assessment role could help ensure that critical targets have been destroyed. Finally, SOF might disable, destroy, or recover nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
355.4/22
Funding information
Sponsored by the United States Air Force.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • charts
  • photographs
Index
no index present
LC call number
UG703
LC item number
.R67 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • technical reports
Series statement
MR / Rand Corporation
Series volume
MR-1408-AF
Label
Special operations forces and elusive enemy ground targets : lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War, William Rosenau
Publication
Note
  • "MR-1408-AF"--Page 4 of cover
  • "Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 55-60)
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- U.S. Air Ground Operations Against the Ho Chi Minh Trail, 1966-1972 -- Coalition Scud-Hunting in Iraq, 1991 -- Conclusions and Implications for Future Operations -- Appendix: Supplementary Materials
Control code
ocm50851067
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 60 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833032300
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 2127d72c-b3a2-4421-a43f-70088f648ef1
  • 22573/ctt4s38
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b27411473
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)50851067
  • pebcs0833032305

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