Groupthink, Politics, and the Decision to Attempt the Son Tay Rescue

Amidon, Mark
September 2005
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Autumn2005, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p119
Academic Journal
This article discusses various issues related to the Son Tay mission, one of the most daring American operations of the Vietnam War, carried out in November 1970. The Son Tay raid was conceived in May 1970 based on imagery suggesting that 70 American prisoners of war were being held at this isolated compound in the heart of North Vietnam. The raid's six-month planning and training process, under the leadership of Brigadier General Leroy Manor as overall commander, stands as arguably the preeminent model of all special operations missions conducted by the U.S. military. A highly disciplined, joint team with clear lines of authority and responsibility organized the raid while mobilizing extensive intelligence and logistical resources to achieve their mission of effecting a rescue.


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