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Sept. 21, 2023

Book Review: The Air War in Vietnam

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Author: Michael E. Weaver  

| Reviewed by Vince Alcazar, Air Force (retired) planner and fighter pilot, Department of Defense | 

The Air War in Vietnam addresses President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration’s use of airpower (or lack of it) and why American airpower underperformed, as well as airpower innovations that influenced the US warfare model in the Vietnam War. The reviewer bills this work as “ . . . an indispensable volume of airpower scholarship. It is a richly developed analysis of airpower in a decade-long war with challenging hybrid characteristics and shifting US strategies.”  

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Keywords: air war, Vietnam, Southeast Asia, ground warfare, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon