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Accession Number ADA590399
Title Helicopters in Irregular Warfare: Algeria, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 159p
Personal Author B. G. Rollie
Abstract The preponderance of conflicts fought over the last 70 years have included or have been centered on irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. Indeed, the helicopter's first significant trials in combat took place during the Algerian War (1954-1962), the Vietnam War (1955-1975), and the Soviet- Afghan War (1979-1989). During these wars, French, American, and Soviet militaries used significant numbers of helicopters to fight insurgents and guerrillas, and each country lost the conflict. As conventional organizations, these militaries used helicopters to seek military dominance, often blind to or in spite of politico-strategic goals like legitimacy. The helicopter's firepower and mobility tactically decimated insurgents, but the nature of irregular warfare rendered tactical dominance indecisive. Helicopters were indecisive or bad at enabling legitimacy, population control, and isolation, key tenets of successful COIN. Convinced that helicopter-enabled military dominance could win, the French, American, and Soviet militaries were unable to balance the pursuit of military and politically objectives. Air mobility distracted their leaders from focusing on the political aspects of counterinsurgency.
Keywords Aerial reconnaissance
Airmobile operations
Algerian war(1954-1962)
Aln(Armee de liberation nationale)
Arvn(Army of the republic of vietnam)
Assault roles
Attack roles
Case studies
Dgebels ergou
El aloui
El azega
French air force
French army aviation
Guerrilla warfare
Irregular warfare
Islam-dara canyon
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military history
Pavn(People's army of vietnam)
Political parties
Quang tri city
Reconnaissance roles
Soviet air force
Soviet-afghan war(1979-1989)
Tactical air support
Utility roles
Viet cong
Vietnam war
Vietnam war(1955- 1975)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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