Category Archives: Vietnam

Scorched Atmospheres: The Violent Geographies of the Vietnam War and the Rise of Drone Warfare

This article is published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Cite as: Shaw, I.G.R. (2016). Scorched Atmospheres: The Violent Geographies of the Vietnam War and the Rise of Drone Warfare. The Annals of the Association of American … Continue reading

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Silence was a Weapon: The Vietnam War in the Villages (a book on U.S. counter-insurgency and the Phoenix Program)

Stuart A. Herrington, Silence was a Weapon: The Vietnam War in the Villages, 1982, New York: Ivy Books This book provides an intimate, village-level understanding of the final years of U.S involvement in the Vietnam War. By focusing the reader’s … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War roots to U.S. police militarization: Bringing the Electronic Battlefield Home

This post is part of an ongoing book project, The Predator Empire, due to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. Archival material from the late 1960s and early 1970s was kindly donated to me by U.S. writer Paul … Continue reading

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Visions of the Next War

I have scanned and retouched the following 1974 Newsweek article, which explored some of the excitement, intrigue, and possibility of the revolutionary technology that was emerging out of the Vietnam War. I particularly like the illustrations, by Don Mackay, which … Continue reading

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Downed American drones paraded in China…

Back in December, 2011 Iran captured a U.S.-built RQ-170 drone. As it turns out, “The Beast of Kandahar” was not piloted by the U.S. Air Force–it was controlled by the CIA. Amidst much fanfare, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard displayed the … Continue reading

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The Laser Age in the Vietnam War

Photo from Air Force Magazine, January 1972. The North Vietnamese Army launched a full-scale attack against the South in the spring of 1972. The Nixon administration responded with a new wave of air attacks north of the 17th Parallel for … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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