Vietnam War Bibliography:

Congressional Committee Documentation:

The Air War

U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Operations and Readiness. Hearings before the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, May 9-10, 1966. iii, 70 pp.
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U.S. Tactical Air Power Program. Hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, May 14-June 6, 1966. iii, 240 pp.
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Air War Against North Vietnam. Very important hearings, August 9-29, 1967, before the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee.
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Substantial portions have been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University. Part 1, testimony of Admiral Ulysses [S.] G. Sharp, August 9-10, front matter and pp. 1-47, pp. 48-98, and pp. 99-121. Part 4, testimony of secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, accompanied by Paul C. Warnke, August 25, front matter and pp. 273-371, and pp. 372-382. Part 5, Testimony of Gen. Harold K. Johnson, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Gen. Wallace M. Green, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; Maj. Gen. Gilbert L. Meyers, USAF (Retired), August 28 and 29, 1967, front matter and pp. 383-428, pp. 429-478, and pp. 479-515.

Bombing Operations and the Prisoner-of-War Rescue Mission in North Vietnam. Hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, November 24, 1970. iii, 48 pp. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird testified about U.S. air actions, including recent air strikes in North Vietnam, and the unsuccessful effort to rescue POWs from Son Tay in North Vietnam. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.

Close Air Support. Hearings before the Special Subcommittee on Close Air Support, Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, October 22-November 8, 1971. ii + 484 pp.
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Full Committee Hearing and Consideration of H. Res. 918, A Resolution of Inquiry Concerning the Bombing in Vietnam by the United States Government. Hearing of the House Committee on Armed Services, April 18, 1972, in response to a resolution submitted by Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY), a conspicuous dove on Vietnam, asking a variety of questions about the war, not all of them dealing with the air war. H.A.S.C. No. 92-44. pp. 9037-9176. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University, in three parts: pp. 9037-9086,   pp. 9087-9136,   pp. 9137-9176.

On unauthorized bombing of North Vietnam by the USAF. General John D. Lavelle was dismissed as commander of Seventh Air Force in 1972, charged with falsification of reports in regard to "protective reaction" air strikes against North Vietnam. In 2009, the Air Force decided that he had been the victim of an injustice; a new Senate hearing on this will probably be held in late 2010 or 2011. See also General John D. Lavelle under private sector publications on the air war.

Problems of War Victims in Indochina, Part III: North Vietnam. Hearings of the Subcommittee on Refugees and Escapees, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, August 16, 17, 1972. iii + 195 pp. A lot of discussion of whether U.S. bombing had been hitting civilian targets. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University, in six parts: pp. i-iii, 1-31,   pp. 32-64,   pp. 65-98,   pp. 99-131,   pp. 132-165,   and pp. 166-195.
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Bombing as a Policy Tool in Vietnam: Effectiveness. Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff study, based on the Pentagon Papers, October 12, 1972. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.
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Department of Defense Appropriations. Briefings on Bombing of North Vietnam; Reprogrammings, Department of the Navy. Hearings before the Subcommittee on DOD Appropriations, House Appropriations Committee. Pp. 1-61 are testimony of Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, CJCS, January 9, 18, 1973, on Linebacker II.
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Privileged Resolutions Concerning the Bombing of North Vietnam. Hearings of the House Armed Services Committee, February 28, 1973, with Dennis J. Doolin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, for Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs, to discuss the bombing of December 1972 to January 1973. 29 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.
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Nomination of McLucas and Brown. Hearings of the Senate Armed Services Committee, June 13, 1973. Includes testimony of John L. McLucas, Acting Secretary (nominee for Secretary) of the Air Force on report falsification of bombing in Indochina. iii + 27 pp.
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Bombing in Cambodia. Hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, July 16-August 9, 1973. Also includes information on ground operations in both Cambodia and Laos.
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Statement of Information, Book XI, Bombing of Cambodia. House Judiciary Committee, 1974. 599 pp. Information collected in connection with hearings to consider whether Richard Nixon should be impeached. pp. 90-103 give the most detailed DOD statistics on the US air war in Indochina--sorties and tonnages--that I have ever seen.
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Fiscal Year 1974 Authorization for Military Procurement, Research and and Development, Construction Authorization for the Safeguard System, and Active Duty and Selected Reserve Strengths. Hearings before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Part 1, Authorizations, March 28, 29; April 2, 1973, includes cumulative detailed figures on the use of US air power in Indochina, by months since 1965, different from and less complete than those published by the House Judiciary Committee at about the same time (see Statement of Information above). There are also detailed figures on US casualties. The committee was somewhat annoyed when it discovered, soon afterward, some of the ways the figures were incomplete. Part 6, Tactical Air Power, also includes interesting information on various aspects of the air war.
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Private Sector Publications on the Air War

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