The Central Front D+3 (12 July, 1987) Part III

Supply, fuel, and munition expenditures were also on SACEUR’s mind as D+3 progressed. Like his land commanders, General Galvin was keenly aware that NATO ground and air forces were burning through everything from tank rounds, to spare parts at a brisk clip. Fortunately, NATO war stocks contained enough munitions and material for ten days of  …

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The Central Front: 9 July, 1987 0130-0400 Part II

The post-Vietnam years were a time of reconstruction for the US Air Force. The service’s Vietnam experience was best regarded as a stark example of how not to run an air war. Restrictive rules of engagement, micromanagement, and a cumbersome, almost ineffective process of changing tactics and strategy once it became apparent that what was …

Awakening In Brussels *

In the days following Mikhail Gorbachev’s ouster, NATO commanders collectively began to consider the ramifications of the coup for the alliance, as well as for their respective commands. Romanov was a hardliner and it was assumed he would eventually turn his attention to the smoldering situation in the Eastern European satellites. It was not widely …