During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army deployed electronic sensors along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, Cambodia, North Vietnam, and South Vietnam in order to detect and track troop and vehicle movements. At approximately 8,100 miles in length, monitoring this sophisticated logistics network-consisting of roads, trails, vehicle parks, petroleum pipelines, and storage areas-was no mean task. Since the work was classified as "Secret" until only recently, a comprehensive story of the electronic sensors used in Southeast Asia has never been completely told. Wiring Vietnam: The Electronic Wall relates the history of the electronic detection system that was deployed during the Vietnam War. Author Anthony Tambini covers everything from the sensors used to detect seismic signals from nearby troop and vehicle movements to audio sensors that were deployed to pick up conversations of troops as well as traffic noise of vehicles to engine ignition detectors.
Beginning with the conception, development, and implementation of these sensors, Tambini then relates how, ultimately, the various signals the sensors collected were transmitted to orbiting aircraft that would process and retransmit the signals onward to a base in Thailand. There the data underwent further analysis for possible targets that could be attacked from the air.
Anthony J. Tambini is a retired aerospace technical and logistics field representative. He spent 40 years in the aerospace industry and he is a former USAF flight engineer.
Part 1 Map of Infiltration Routes Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 1 Establishing the Electronic Wall Part 6 2 Air-Delivered Devices Part 7 3 Hand Emplacement Devices Part 8 4 Airborne Sensor Delivery Systems Part 9 5 Naval Sea Patrol and Delivery Part 10 6 Data Relay Aircraft Part 11 7 Data Processing Part 12 8 Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Night Observation (STANO) Program Part 13 9 Airborne Attack Part 14 10 The 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ubon Part 15 11 Vietnamization of the Sensor System: Project Tight Jaw Part 16 12 Conclusion Part 17 Appendixes Part 18 Attachments Part 19 Photos Part 20 Additional Sources Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Author