Herbicides in support of counterinsurgency operations : a cost-effectiveness study
Howard, John Dalton
Capra, James R.
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This study develops costs, effectiveness criteria, and cost-effectiveness ratios for military herbicide systems and three other alternatives which can perform the missions of foliage removal and crop destruction in support of counterinsurgency operations. The results reflect the Vietnam combat environment wheze all systems were employed at sometime during the period 1965-1971. The systems considered are aerial delivery of herbicides by UH-l helicopters .nd UC-123 Air Force aircraft, tactical land clearing with crawler tractors, "slash and burn" clearing with indigenous cutters, and firebombing with CH-47 helicopters. The effectiveness criteria focus on the ability of these systems to perform the two missions and withstand the rigorous constraints of a hypothetical combat mission. From these criteria, two sets of cost-effectiveness vectors are obtained to allow a decision maker the opportunity to evaluate each system and determine a possible fcrce structure to accomplish the two missions in a Vietnam-type insurgency.
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