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Soviet and Chicom military actions
Date of Creation:
May 3, 1967
Date of Declassification:
June 17, 1980
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Pagination, Illustration:
7 p.
Societ and Chicom military actions [the Communists in North Vietnam are particularly interested in countering US carrier-based aircraft, land-based aircraft, naval bombardment, and inshore anti-shipping patrols and mining. The Soviets could provide SAM units and interceptors, patrol craft for inshore use, mines, cruise missiles, and MRBM's and get the North Koreans to heighten tension along the DMZ as a diversion. At greater risk they could establish a naval task force in the South China Sea and covertly mine US operating areas in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Chinese could provide NVN with additional AAA units, extend their air defense zone, provide interceptors, reinforce their South Sea fleet and help the DRV in coastal defense, mine and sweep NVN waters, provide artillery support, and increase naval activity in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese could take a greater risk and let NVN operate out of Chinese airfields, defend NVN air space with Chinese planes, harass US naval forces, covertly mine the Gulf of Tonkin, overfly the Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea with light bombers, and extend ground operations in Laos. If the Chinese enter the war, they could overun Laos, threaten Thailand and SVN, attack the Offshore Islands, attack US forces in the Gulf of Tonkin and Taiwan Strait, and use guided missile patrol boats and subs against US naval forces]. Memorandum, Richard Collins, Board of National Estimates, to the Dir. Central of Intelligence. May 3, 1967. 7 p. SECRET. Declassified June 17, 1980. Johnson Library, NSF, Countries, USSR, Vol. 15.
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