Chapter

Enhancing Combat Capabilities

Ira A. Hunt

in The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126470.003.0004
Enhancing Combat Capabilities

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The division required every available infantryman operating in the paddies. It was obvious what had to be done for the division to build upon its experience to date and sharpen its combat edge. The division initiated two important, concurrent efforts to enhance its operational capabilities. The first was to ensure that the maximum number of well-supported, healthy infantrymen were available and utilized on daily combat operations. The second was to fine-tune and adjust techniques and tactics to make U.S. infantrymen as efficient as possible in the performance of operations by attriting the enemy while insuring the safety and well-being of U.S. troops. This chapter discusses the steps taken to enhance the combat capabilities of the 9th Infantry Division, including the optimization of the infantry solider, helicopter assets, and integration intelligence.

Keywords: infantry soldier; 9th Infantry Division; helicopter assets; integration intelligence; attrition

Chapter.  18268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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