Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Love the photo of the A-10 Wart Hog
My friend flew those, that would be a fun tank to fly
Vietnam was a shock to the US military in many respects. Especially for the Air Force and the Navy’s air arms. Having focused almost exclusively on the idea of fighting a nuclear war against the Soviet Union for the preceding 20 years, the Air Force found that many of its aircraft, doctrine, and armaments were not suited to a conventional counterinsurgency campaign. Humiliatingly, the Air Force had to acquire A-1 Skyraiders from the Navy to perform the low level close air support role for troops in contact and during RESCAPs of downed pilots. The Sandy performed very well, but was an aging type long of of production that couldn’t last forever.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the Soviets were building up massive conventional armies. The United States had lost that vast strategic and tactical nuclear superiority that it had enjoyed at the beginning of…
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