“Bugging the Battlefield” – Video of the Electronic Battlefield in Vietnam

This 1969 U.S. military video describes the step-by-step process used to “listen”, “feel” and then interdict the movement of trucks and people in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The training video really brings to life the network of sensors and aircraft used in what was the first “electronic battlefield” in military history.

This ambitious scheme went by various names: the scientists (Jasons) that created it called it the “Air Supported Anti-Infiltration Barrier,” the Senate Armed Services Committee named it the “Electronic Battlefield,” and “Igloo White” after the main segment of the network that cut through Laos, and finally, for detractors of the barrier it was known as the “McNamara Line.” Igloo White involved covering the Ho Chi Minh Trail with tens of thousands of electronic sensors.

An entire family of these devices became embedded in the jungle’s ecosystem, often camouflaged to resemble nearby plants, with plastic antenna that swayed in the wind like branches.

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