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Title: Vietnam—Command and Control

Action: Screen begins with a graphic of a map of Vietnam divided into sections of air control for each of the services on the right of the screen. The first two of the following bullet points are shown on the upper left side of the screen.

Vietnam—Misapplied Principles:

Voice: The command and control of air activities during the Vietnam War could not have been conducted in a more disjointed fashion. Each service controlled its own sectors of air space in North Vietnam and Laos through the Route Package System. As you may remember from a previous lesson, the Military Assistance Command-Vietnam, MACV, controlled the air war in route pack one. The Navy, through PACfleet, controlled the air war in route packs two, three, four, and six b. Pacific Air Forces, PACAF, controlled air activities in route pack five and six a. The widespread use of long range bomber forces was controlled by Strategic Air Command.

Action: The map is replaced with a typical organizational chart.

Voice: The first point at which the planning and execution chains of command joined was at the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Action: The rest of the bullet points are shown.

Voice: The problems this caused with regard to the principles of unity of command and economy of force directly contributed to the current joint operations doctrine put into law by the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986.

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