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Effectiveness of the air campaign against North Vietnam 1/1 - 9/30/66
Date of Creation:
December 1966
Date of Declassification:
July 23, 1985
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Pagination, Illustration:
214 p.
This Memo presents a detailed analysis of the Rolling Thunder Program during the period 1 January - 30 September 1966. It follows a preliminary report, "The Effectiveness of the Rolling Thunder Program in North Vietnam." The summary in this memorandum is essentially that presented in the earlier paper, except for two major changes, resulting in additional analysis, and some changes in detail. We now find that the costs of the program in 1966 have been much higher, as compared with the dollar value of the destruction achieved, than we had estimated in the preliminary report. In addition, our assessment of the interdiction campaign indicates that its reorientation to the high-yield target systems in the northern part of North Vietnam would make Rolling Thunder a more effective program both in terms of maximizing the costs to the enemy and of reducing his capability to recuperate.
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