The Evolution of US Army Tactical Doctrine, 1946-76

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Page 12 - The Army had become accustomed to massive amounts of firepower which came at the expense of mobility. The Army had also perfected its techniques of employing firepower and the defense to inflict huge losses on an attacker. Thus the Army focused upon attrition at the expense of maneuver and its offensive...
Page 41 - ... the outcome of which may be dictated by the results of initial combat. This circumstance is unprecedented : we are an Army historically unprepared for its first battle. We are accustomed to victory wrought with the weight of materiel and population brought to bear after the onset of hostilities. Today the US Army must, above all else, prepare to win the first battle of the next war.
Page 38 - It was a sheer physical impossibility to keep him (the enemy) from slipping away whenever he wished if he were in terrain with which he was familiar — generally the case.
Page 28 - The required forces, then, for the small war appear to be much the same as those for the atomic war against the Soviet...
Page 39 - Perhaps the most important lesson to be drawn from the war in Vietnam is that a lightly equipped, poorly supplied guerrilla force cannot easily be defeated by the world's most powerful and sophisticated Nation using conventional tactics alone.
Page 51 - Faint Praise: The Development of American Tanks and Tank Destroyers during World War II...
Page 53 - Semiannual Report of the Secretary of Defense, January 1 to June 30...
Page 16 - Laird summed up our future commitments when he said at the Annual Meeting of the Association of the United States Army in October (see Page 8), "I want to tell you there is a new world ahead for defense manpower.
Page 33 - When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he defends, harass; when he is tired, attack; when he withdraws, pursue.
Page 30 - The first phase involved arresting the losing trend, stifling the enemy initiative, protecting the deployment of our forces, and providing security to populated areas to the extent possible. I estimated that this phase would carry through to the end of 1965. In the second phase, US and allied forces would mount major offensive actions...

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