posted on Jan, 4 2008 @ 03:52 PM
PDF page 1:
Letter from THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
This letter is a reply to the Air Force about the Aerial Mining Study.
The Air Force posed two questions:
1.Whether or not the United States should develop an aerial mining capability and if so
2.What size aerial mining capability should the United Sates have?
After reviewing recent mine warfare studies and current mining plans the following summary has been concluded:
1.Aerial mining is a primary responsibility of the Navy with the Air Force having collateral responsibilities.
2.In connection with its primary responsibility for the function of conducting mine warfare, the Navy develops trains and equips the naval air forces
and provides the weapons required for an aerial mining capability. These forces can be deployed from land or sea bases, using presently pre-positioned
mine stocks. To execute the contingency minging plans of the commanders of the unified field.
PDF page 2 contains data of aircraft type / Mine capacity with the search for the most appropriate mine laying vehicle.
With this, it is also mentioned that the most effective way for the target area, depends on the existing strategic and tactical situations and on the
available mine laying vehicles.
Highlights of PDF page 3:
The US Navy has in progress two comprehensive study efforts:
War at Sea NOW, and an antisubmarine warfare force level study.
As part of these efforts, US aerial mining requirements, including collateral support from the Air Force, will be reexamined. The Air Force study will
be most valuable when considered in conjunction with the Navy studies.
The Air Force study provides valuable insight into possible qualitative improvements to the Air Force aerial mining capability.
This study and other analyses indicate that load carrying capability and survivability during aerial mining operations are the main factors
influencing selection of delivery vehicles.
The Joint Chief of Staff believe that the United States must be prepared to perform aerial mining in defended and undefended areas and that, to this
end, continuing efforts should be made to improve the effectiveness of the US capability for aerial mining.
The Summary on PDF page 4:
The Air Force aerial mining study have been reviewed and recommended its consideration in conjunction with the US Navy study effort to determine US
aerial mining requirements.
It is believed that recommendations as to the size of the aerial mine laying capability should await completion and review of the Navy studies bearing
on the subject. Upon review of the study results in mid-1968, additional recommendations will be forwarded
We find on PDF page 5 an interesting note by the secretaries to the Holders of JCSM-645-67:
Holders of JCSM-645-67, dated 21 Nov. 1967, subject:
“Aerial Mining Capability”, are requested to substitute the attached revised page 3, and to destroy the supersede page in accordance with security
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