Armed Forces: A Hot COIN

As the world's mightiest military power thrashes about for ways to subdue the light-footed Communist guerrillas in South Viet Nam, more effective use of aircraft often seems the obvious answer. But the supersonic jet is too swift for efficient coordination with jungle-bound ground troops, the helicopter sometimes too slow and vulnerable. Now U.S. Navy officials believe they have found a potential solution in COIN (for counter-insurgency), a "flying squad car."

The COIN project was first suggested in December 1962 by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's office, which gave it to the Navy for administrative development. The Navy came up with...

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