were doing the best they could and that he hoped to cut down on lead
times and delays. In order to get the proper ordnance for a specific
mission, the Seventh Air Force commander stated that lie was giving
some thought to permit modification to the daily frag order about six
hours prior to time on target. General Anderson countered that the "downloading
of ordnance and substituting another is much too wasteful of manpower"
and recommended instead the strip alert of aircraft preloaded with a
mix of bombs and ammunition. While General Momyer made no comment about
the wing commander's suggestion. General Anderson observed char "the
tenor of this discussion leads me to believe that the Air Force knows
it is in some trouble on single management and is willing to modify
the system, in major respects if necessary, to keep the system in force."
The Marine commander concluded that, "in such an atmosphere of accommodation
we will be hard pressed to obtain a reversal of the decision to implement
Photo is from the Abel Collection
Defense Secretary Clark Clifford, who relieved Secretary Robert
S. McNamara meets with LtGen William B. Rosson, CG Prov Corps. Gen Rosson
complained during a conference that the new control provisions were
"too ponderous. . . ."
General Anderson was correct in his assumption that both Generals Westmoreland and Momyer were under some pressure from higher headquarters relative to the single-management issue. Upon receiving both the III MAF and MACV preliminary reports about the workings of the new system, Admiral Sharp decided to send his own evaluation team, headed by Marine Brigadier General Homer G. Hutchinson, Jr., the CinCPac Chief of Staff for Operations, to examine the situation. According to Lieutenant General Krulak, General Westmoreland protested the move and asked the CinCPac commander to defer the arrival of the team until he held his own hearings on the subject. Admiral Sharp apparently denied the request. At that point, as related by General Krulak, Westmoreland made the statement that the CinCPac team would "come back and recommend to you that the system be returned to the old status quo."59
The Hutchinson evaluation group arrived in Vietnam on 4 May and visited
both MACV in Saigon and III MAF at Da Nang. Upon their return to Honolulu
three days later. Brigadier General Hutchinson and his staff began to
work on the report. After completion of the draft, he wrote to General
McCutcheon at Marine headquarters in Washington that Admiral Sharp viewed
single management "pretty well cracked." Hutchinson enclosed a copy
of the draft report in his letter to McCutcheon and asked the latter
to keep it "fairly well disguised." Despite his own viewpoint on
Unnumbered Department of Defense (USMC) photo
Marine BGen Homer G. Hutchinson. Jr., the CinCPac J-3 and a naval
aviator, headed a CinCPac evaluation team on the new air control provisions.