Independent bombing and interdiction during the Linebacker campaigns of the Vietnam War

3 October, 2014 • 4) Contemporary – C. XIX, XX, XXI 1361

Adam Robinson, MA in Air Power (King’s College London)

The 1972 Linebacker operations have widely been accredited with ending the Vietnam War in 1973 and have subsequently been held up by air power exponents as vindication of the use of independent air power operations. This paper will dissect the two aspects of Linebacker and contextualize those operations in order to assess the relative influence of the use of independent air power in Vietnam in 1972 and in subsequent applications.

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