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- 101st Airborne Division : A division of the U.S. Army, originally created as airborne, but now air assault with permanently assigned helicopter mobility
- 82nd Airborne Division : One of the strategic reserve units of the United States Army, this is the only division-sized organization that is completely parachute-qualified for air assault operations.
- Afghanistan War (2001-), major combat phase : During the Afghanistan War (2001-), the period of combat by Afghan ground forces, with U.S. and British air & special operations support, which drove the Taliban and al-Qaeda from their bases, in October through December 2001
- Afghanistan War (2001-) : Beginning on October 7, 2001, in response to the 9-11 attacks, military operations against the Taliban and al-Qaeda by United States and NATO forces
- Air assault : Military operations in which infantry are carried by aircraft onto, or very near, the target, or by parachuting. The aircraft may be helicopters, tilt-rotor aircraft, short-landing transports, or, historically, gliders.
- Air warfare planning : The set of doctrines and procedures for carrying out all types of air warfare, as an integrated whole
- Airborne (disambiguation) : Add brief definition or description
- Ambassador : An individual of the highest diplomatic rank, most commonly the representative of the head of state of his or her government to the head of state of the country to which the ambassador is accredited.
- Army Special Operations Command : A command that trains and prepares U.S. Army special operations personnel, including United States Army Special Forces, and serves as the land forces component of United States Special Operations Command
- Army of the Republic of Viet Nam : A term describing both the ground force specifically, and the armed forces generally, of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and Fall of South Vietnam
- Arnhem : Dutch city; capital of the province of Gelderland.
- Battalion : Military formation of defined size, equipment, and organization, traditionally specialized for one function, such as infantry, artillery, transportation or intelligence; usually commanded by a lieutenant colonel; combat arms battalions may have 500-1000 soldiers; they are more mixed in function under the Restructuring of the United States Army
- Battle of Ap Bac : Fought on January 2, 1963, a small but politically significant battle of the Vietnam War, won by the Viet Cong against Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN) troops with United States Army advisors. It was significant in that the command failures were publicized to the press by John Paul Vann; denials by U.S. senior commanders started the pattern of aggressive investigative journalism
- Battle of Na San : A successful yet modest 1952 operation conducted by French paratroopers, who seized a forward base, and, under optimal conditions, formed a rock of a defense against which Viet Minh smashed themselves. It may have set unrealistic expectations for Dien Bien Phu
- Battle of Sicily : In the Mediterranean Theater and Italian Campaign of the Second World War, an Allied invasion of Sicily night of 9 July, 1943, ending 17 August in an Allied victory with the Axis troops either surrendering or withdrawing to the mainland
- Battle of the Bulge : In the Second World War, the final German counteroffensive in the Ardennes region of western Europe
- Caterpillar Club : An informal association whose members have successfully used a parachute to bail out of a disabled aircraft.
- David Halberstam : Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, who was especially controversial for his coverage of the Vietnam War, where some thought he was providing critical investigation for the public, while others believed he was undermining the war effort
- David Petraeus : General, U.S. Army, presently commanding United States Central Command after having the senior command in Iraq, long associated with counterinsurgency doctrine
- Dean Rusk : United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1968 in the Administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, with extensive Asian experience and a strong advocate of U.S. resistance to Communism in Southeast Asia
- Destroyer : While the definition has evolved constantly, it is a multipurpose surface warship, generally less powerful than a cruiser, with capabilities against ship, aircraft, submarine, land, and sometimes ballistic missile targets
- Dien Bien Phu : Site in northern Vietnam of a 1954 decisive battle that soon forced France to relinquish control of colonial Indochina.
- Division (military) : A regularly constituted military formation that combines infantry, artillery and cavalry.
- Eighteenth Air Force : The intermediate United States Air Force command that is responsible for air refueling and transport aircraft for the operations of United States Transportation Command
- Fort Bragg : A large U.S. Army base in North Carolina, with major resident units being the XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, Army Special Operations Command and the school and center for United States Army Special Forces
- Frederick Nolting Jr. : U.S. ambassador and head of the United States Mission to the Republic of Vietnam, from May 10 to August 15, 1963. A career Foreign Service Officer, he was preceded by Elbridge Durbrow, and succeeded by Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.. A supporter of Ngo Dinh Diem, he did not agree with the policy of U.S. support for a coup against Diem.
- Indochinese revolution : The period, within the Wars of Vietnam, 1858-1987, between which France reasserted its colonial authority over Indochina in 1945, created a proto-state of Vietnam under a provisional government during which there was increasing insurgency, fought conventionally combat with the Viet Minh starting in 1950, and ended in 1954. The end, militarily, involved the defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu and. politically, with the creation of North Vietnam and South Vietnam by the Geneva accords
- Infantry : Soldiers that directly confront the enemy, overcoming them with fire and maneuver while on foot or in specialized vehicles
- Iraq War, insurgency : The period of the Iraq War following the end of major combat operations, and the beginning of significant guerrilla warfare in July - August 2003.
- Iraq War, major combat phase : That part of the Iraq War involving the initial invasion by large-scale ground forces
- Iraq War, theater operational planning : Detailed invasion planning for the Iraq War by United States Central Command, once the policy decision had been made to prepare for war
- : Commander of French airborne forces in the Indochinese revolution
- MACV-SOG : The U.S. organization responsible for covert operations against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, as well as related cross-border operations from South Vietnam into Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War; the abbreviation had an unclassified cover meaning, but was actually the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Special Operations Group
- Maxwell Taylor : U.S. Army officer who commanded Airborne units in the Second World War, he rose to full general and Chief of Staff of the Army. Recalled from retirement by John F. Kennedy, he took on a number of politicomilitary roles including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ambassador to South Vietnam.
- Mendenhall-Krulak mission : A 1963 U.S. investigating mission to South Vietnam, to assess the political and military situation there, by a career diplomat and a major general, who came up with radically different views of the situation.
- Military Assistance Command, Vietnam : Headquarters for most U.S. combat and support units assisting the Republic of Vietnam
- Military award : Formal recognition, usually with a distinctive insignia, of military valor, achievement, length or location of service, or wounds suffered
- Ngo Dinh Diem : President of the Republic of Vietnam from shortly after its creation, to his overthrow and death in the Vietnam War, Buddhist crisis and military coup of 1963. He was of the Catholic minority, ascetic and autocratic, and strongly anti-Communist
- Operation MARKET-GARDEN : A combined paratroop and armor operation, by Allied forces in September 1944, to seize bridges over the Maas, Waal and Rhine Rivers in [the Netherlands]]; generally considered a failure
- Operation RANKIN : A set of contingency plans for the Western Allies in Europe in World War II, to deal with a sudden German withdrawal or collapse before the scheduled invasion of Normandy
- Parachute : A canopy attached by a harness to a body or other object for the purpose of safe egress from an aircraft at high altitudes. Used for emergency escape from aircraft in distress, military landings, and the sport of skydiving.
- Robert McNamara : A specialist in quantitative management who became president of the Ford Motor Company, but was quickly nominated as Secretary of Defense, becoming a major architect of policy, especially for the Vietnam War, in the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
- Special Air Service : Special operations regular and Territorial Army regiments of the British Army, part of U.K. Special Forces
- : The operational paratroop unit of the British Army
- Tran Van Huong : South Vietnamese civilian politician, a Catholic but generally opposed to Ngo Dinh Diem, who was Prime Minister twice as well as Vice President, under military dominated rule but maintaining a certain personal independence and integrity, if authoritarianism
- United States Navy SEAL : [under]sea-air-land special operations organization of the United States Navy, specializing in direct action, special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue and counterterrorism
- Vietnam War : A post-colonial independence/Cold War conflict between communist North Vietnam against South Vietnam, assisted by the United States (1955-1975), to unify Vietnam; won by North Vietnam in 1975.
- Wars of Vietnam : The broad context of warfare in the modern area of Vietnam, of which the Vietnam War (1962-1975) is best known, but involves colonization, Japanese occupation, decolonization, and post-1975 but related warfare among Vietnam, Cambodia and China
- World War II, air war, Mediterranean and European tactical operations : Following the cancellation of the invasion of Britain, while harassment continued of the British Isles and the Eastern Front, the Germans searched for new opportunities in 1940-1941, finding them in Southern Europe, met, in part, by the invasion of North Africa in 1942, which led to the Italian campaign.
- XVIII Airborne Corps : A corps headquarters of the United States Army, long reserved for highly mobile strategic reserve operations but now deployed when the corps level of command is needed; headed by LTG Frank Helmick