Rolling Thunder: Understanding Policy and Program Failure

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Rolling Thunder: Understanding Policy and Program Failure

By James Clay Thompson
University of North Carolina Press, 1980
185 pp. $14.00
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The title was the military code given to the sustained bombing program against North Vietnam between February 1965 and March 1968. The author, who was in the Defense Department at the time, takes as his subject the Washington organization rather than the field operations. He concludes that senior officials failed to understand their own system of information and decision-making, and also that there was a failure in strategic thinking about the impact of air power on a revolutionary war situation.