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The Resource Special Operations Forces and Elusive Enemy Ground Targets : Lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War

Special Operations Forces and Elusive Enemy Ground Targets : Lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War

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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
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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
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COO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenau, William
Dewey number
355.4/22
Index
no index present
LC call number
UG703.R67 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ballistic missiles
  • Bombing, Aerial
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Military reconnaissance
  • Special forces (Military science)
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Persian Gulf War (1991)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Ballistic missiles
  • Bombing, Aerial
  • Military operations, Aerial
  • Military operations, Aerial
  • Military reconnaissance
  • Special forces (Military science)
  • Asia
  • Iraq
  • United States
Label
Special Operations Forces and Elusive Enemy Ground Targets : Lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
873004996
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (72 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833032300
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)873004996
Label
Special Operations Forces and Elusive Enemy Ground Targets : Lessons from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
873004996
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (72 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780833032300
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)873004996

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