US Air Force Air Base Ground Defense Doctrine. Are The Issues Which Arose Concerning Air Base Ground Defense During the Vietnam Conflict Recognized in Current US Air Force Doctrine
Author(s)Barlow, R. A.
Contributor(s)ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
KeywordsSociology and Law
Humanities and History
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
*MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)
*AIR FORCE FACILITIES
AIR FORCE OPERATIONS
AIR BASE GROUND DEFENSE
ABGD(AIR BASE GROUND DEFENSE)
AIR BASE DEFENSE
AIR BASE SECURITY
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AbstractThis thesis identifies air base ground defense issues which arose during US Air Force involvement in the Vietnam Conflict from November 1964 until January 1973. After identification of these air base ground defense issues, six active duty US Air Force Security Police Officers who served in Vietnam during the time period under consideration were contacted to verify the validity of the issues identified in this thesis. The validated issues were then used to analyze the current US Air Force air base ground defense doctrine to identify the degree to which these issues are recognized in the current doctrine. The results of the analysis of current US Air Force air base ground defense doctrine in light of the issues which arose during involvement in the Vietnam Conflict were that of the twenty-six issues identified, twenty are recognized in current air base ground defense doctrine and six are not recognized. Thus, historical linkages between past US Air Force air base ground defense experiences and current air base ground defense doctrine are established. Seven recommendations for further study are presented to further explore the implications of the results of this thesis.
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