Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You
Prologue & Glossary
Copyright© 2016 by LughIldanach
Time Travel Sex Story: Prologue & Glossary - Continuing the do-over from "Tomorrow is another Day", the world not having disappeared in the mushroom clouds of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the clan turns its attention to rational prevention of the Vietnam debacle, world stability, and civil rights. Such changes, of course, are only possible when powered by sexual magick and the Others, represented by a stately orange tabby. As historically accurate as possible, including some personal experience.
Caution: This Time Travel Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including Mult Consensual Lesbian BiSexual Heterosexual TransGender Historical Time Travel DoOver Mother Daughter Group Sex Polygamy/Polyamory Oral Sex Masturbation Petting Water Sports Cream Pie Spitting Exhibitionism Double Penetration Tit-Fucking Analingus Military War Politics
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address
This starts roughly in December 1962, in a timeline different than ours, and after the Cuban Missile Crisis was over. It is time-travel, do-over, and somewhat autobiographical, although it departs much more significantly from our history than in the previous story, Tomorrow is another Day.
The history here of the early Vietnam events is generally quite accurate, drawing from sources mentioned below, as well as my own academic and professional background from a few years after the events. Without spoilers, I simply shall say that November 1963 was very important to the Kennedy Administration -- you’re thinking of the overthrow and killing of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, right?
I moved the locale to Washington, DC, where I lived for more years than I spent growing up in a New Jersey suburb of New York City, where I experienced the events. When I discuss the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, White House, and other places, I’ve been there.
Please see the “Glossary” below, for an explanation of acronyms such as CIA, but also TS/SCI and TALENT KEYHOLE.
Most characters live and work in an apartment complex near American University, which I attended. Terry, a major character, leases several floors -- assume rooms and remodeling are quickly available. There is no experimental high school at the real AU, but the equivalent is common. The Alien Space Bats ensure that the group, which considers itself a clan, has all the money and other resources that it needs.
Once the establishing chapters are set, the general form is to have, on specific dates:
(Fictional) Do-over actions of the characters
Hard sex as part of the continued bonding of the clan of characters
Beyond the effects of the Others/Alien Space Bats, that clan is bonded emotionally, intellectually, and sexually. Their mutual oath of honor comes from an Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. I hope you will recognize a scene taken from the acting of Anne Bancroft.
Aspects of the sex are drawn from the sexual magick of Aleister Crowley, and other more academic studies of sexuality and magic-with-a-k (that works). If you are squicked by snowballing and creampies, you probably won’t like this story, because the combination of male and female fluids is considered, in this model, to have strong magickal properties. There may be minor M-M and transgender interactions.
I have taken liberties with certain historical figures, but, for example, I have no reason to believe that Roger Hilsman, Clint Hill, or others were open to seduction -- as opposed to the President, Robert Kennedy, Dave Powers, and others known for womanizing.
There is no open M-M homosexuality, as in among two men alone, but the characters are open to the idea of heterosexual group scenes in which there is M-M, F-F, and M-F contact. I personally identify as het, but I once had a lovely lady turn to me and say “You like watching me with other women. Why shouldn’t I get turned on by watching you with another man?”
She had a point. At our next threesome, she asked her husband and I to play a bit, under her direction, and it was a very hot scene. Subsequently, I went to a swinging party where, in designated rooms, women could suggest men interact in ways that they enjoyed, in return for giving very hot lesbian shows as well as true orgy scenes in which pretty much anyone could do anything to anyone. Male characters in this story may well have sexual interactions, but helped by women.
There is also sexual fluidity, such as a character who is cis male, but psychologically a woman. In this context, she presents as female and is rapidly transitioning -- the Others’ mind control can affect bodies. More conventionally, they accelerate the physique training results for everyone, and also help the boys especially look more mature.
A Lesbian Lass of Khartoum
Invited a Gay Guy to her Room
They argued all night
As who had the right
To do what, how, and to whom.
Since some people will give 1’s because they don’t like sexual practices about which they were warned, I will turn off voting until the first few chapters are up. The surviving readers will be fair.
A Personal Comment
I’m involved in a group that looks seriously at the Second Indochinese War, variously known in the U.S. as the Vietnam War (i.e., with Vietnamese extras in the movie) or, to the Vietnamese, the American War. Something that awes me is the warmth which which our once-enemies there interact with us, and, increasingly, that our veterans accept and offer back.
The books by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway, We were soldiers once, and young, and We are soldiers still, are a fine example. When I read of LTG (ret) Moore being embraced by Senior General (ret) Vo Nguyen Giap, it always puzzles me that there must be an onion being sliced nearby. Why else would my eyes do that?
During the war, I was in the U.S., supporting the effort with various engineering and scientific efforts, as well as working with military and intelligence organizations. As information became available, I became more and more dubious about American decisionmaking. A theme of this work is examining “what if it were better?”
Because this is my story, I have chosen some enjoyable changes, such as moving the introduction of the miniskirt from when I remember it becoming prominent a few years later, to the start of the story. The Ethical Slut came out in 1997, but I use many of its ideas in 1962.
In the culture of the story, caring relationships between teachers and students, exploring sexuality, are accepted. No, the story line doesn’t get into legalities. Abuse of Registered Companions and Companions-in-Training is taken very, very seriously.
As in the real world, my adoptive mother was single and professional, in many ways psychologically in a fatherly role for the time. In my world, I was unaware that she was a lonely lesbian, not that I even knew the word at first. My (Harold’s) mother is off-screen, a very busy social worker and therapist who leaves him as a latchkey kid.
For story purposes, there is no accidental pregnancy and no sexually transmitted diseases, except perhaps carpal tunnel syndrome from cybersex. High heels are always comfortable, and, unless there is a story reason for it, no one trips in them. Again, unless there is a story reason, hair and makeup don’t get mussed by sleep or showers -- sometimes during sex.
Besides personal experiences and interactions with many participants, there are a great many, of which this is a small sample.
Center for Military History, U.S. Department of the Army: Vietnam Studies series. In particular, Airmobility 1961-1971 and U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam: 1961-1971. These are freely downloadable.
Citizendiu : Wars of Vietnam article with approximately 200 subordinate articles
Department of Defense, The Pentagon Papers, officially titled “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force”, was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed. However, the publications of the report that resulted from these leaks were incomplete and suffered from many quality issues. On the 40th anniversary of the leak to the press, the National Archives, along with the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Presidential Libraries, has released the complete report. There are 48 boxes and approximately 7,000 declassified pages. Approximately 34% of the report is available for the first time, by free download.
Fall, Bernard: Street without Joy and Hell in a Very Small Place
George Washington University National Security Archive, FIGHTING THE WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, 1961-1973,
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Publication 3-24, Counterinsurgency
Moore, Harold G. (Hal) & Joseph L. Galloway: We were soldiers once ... and young and We are soldiers still: a journey back to the battlefields of Vietnam. The movie made from the first book is quite reasonable for Hollywood, but does change quite a few things.
Giap, Vo Nguyen: People’s War, People’s Army [yes, I know that Vo is the family name, but he’s know as General Giap in the West]
Hilsman, Roger: To Move a Nation
Poole, Walter: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Policy 1961–1964
Sheehan, Neil: A Bright Shining Lie
Wiest, Andrew: Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: the Vietnam War Revisited
Some simplified for storytelling reasons. Applicable to the “Tomorrow is another Day” universe.
“Operation” and “Project” are omitted in the glossary except when a numerical OPLAN. Operation SWITCHBACK is alphabetized as SWITCHBACK.
AAA: Anti-aircraft artillery, specifically guns in an AAW system.
AAW: Anti-air warfare, encompassing command & control, radar, fighters, missiles, and guns.
ADA: Air defense artillery, either missiles and guns, depending on context, or guns alone.
ADM: Admiral. At the time of the story, a “rear admiral” could be equivalent either to a one- or a two-star general of the other forces. Vice admirals wore three stars; admirals (with no adjective) were four-star. While it has been suggested that rear admirals have special interest in rears, while vice admirals supervise vice, this is an urban legend.
ANADYR: A river in the cold north of Russia, used as the code name for the Cuban operation as being in no way suggestive of the balmy Caribbean.
ARVN: Army of the Republic of Vietnam, either the Army proper, or sometimes all South Vietnamese ground forces.
ASW: Antisubmarine warfare
AU: American University
BEAGLE: NATO code name for the Il-28 light bomber, an elderly aircraft but that still might deliver nuclear bombs. The U.S. considered it an offensive weapon, although the Soviets apparently did think of it more for island defense.
Buon Enao: First village to have a CIDG program; another name for the CIDG.
C-7 Caribou: A light fixed-wing cargo aircraft operated by the U.S. Army at the time of this story; eventually transferred to the Air Force.
CCO: Technically an abbreviation for “Handle through COMINT Channels Only”, but an abbreviation for SECRET or TS SCI SIGINT information. It might be accompanied by even more restrictive caveats such as DINAR or subcompartments thereof.
CIA: Central Intelligence Agency. From 1961 to 1965, it, and the U.S. intelligence community, were headed by John McCone. The agency itself has several, sometimes conflicting roles: all-source intelligence analysis and estimation, clandestine human intelligence (i.e., espionage) collection, and covert paramilitary and political/psychological action.
CIB: Current Intelligence Bulletin, a still TS/SCI document with extremely limited circulation, but without the complete all-source content of the PDB.
CIDG: Civilian Irregular Defense Group. Light infantry units organized by U.S. Army Special Forces, sometimes with ARVN Special Forces symbolic, or more often symbolic, cooperation. Initially, the program was under CIA control,
CINCLANT: Commander in Chief, Atlantic. I have taken liberties with this designation, rather than get into the complexities of the organizations involved. It was the operational-level headquarters for naval forces in the crisis, headed by Admiral Robert Dennison.
CJCS: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senior officer of the U.S. military and statutory military adviser to the President. During most of this period, GEN Maxwell Taylor. His predecessor was GEN Lyman Lemnitzer, who lost Kennedy’s confidence and was ignored until transferred to the prestigious European/NATO command (SACEUR).
CNO: Chief of Naval Operations. Senior officer of the Navy; member of the JCS. In this time, Admiral (ADM) George Anderson.
COMOR: Committee on Overhead Reconnaissance of USIB. Sets reconnaissance priorities.
CSA: Chief of Staff of the Army. Senior officer of the Army; member of the JCS. During this story, General (GEN) Earle Wheeler.
CSAF: Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Senior officer of the Air Force; member of the JCS. In 1962, GEN Curtis LeMay
DCI: Director of Central Intelligence. At the time of this tale, this official was formally the head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, dual-hatted as the chief of CIA. In practice, since he did not control the Defense Department intelligence budget, his authority over the Community was limited.
DEFCON: Defense Condition. DEFCON 5 is peacetime readiness. DEFCON 3 is high operational alert, held by most commands during the Crisis. DEFCON 2, taken by SAC, is the “COCKED PISTOL” readiness for nuclear war. Actual war is the never-yet-invoked DEFCON 1.
DIA: Defense Intelligence Agency. Created by McNamara in 1961, to reconcile claims of the service intelligence agencies with independent analysis, and also to be a counter to the CIA.
Diem: Personal name for Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam. The family name is Ngo.
DINAR: A code word for even more sensitive TS/SCI SIGINT within CCO
DOD: Department of Defense, headed by Secretary Robert Strange McNamara. That really was his middle name, which, understandably, he wrote as “S.”.
DRV: Democratic Republic of Vietnam, or Communist North Vietnam. Neither the North nor the South were actual democracies.
ELINT: Information from non-communications signals, such as radar. An example of intelligence fusion would be to confirm that a radar in a photograph became operational, when its signals were detected by ELINT. ELINT tends to need to be line-of-sight with the source, so collecting it can be risky.
EXCOMM: JFK’s main advisory and operational committee for the Crisis. Generally, it was an enlarged version of the NSC, but the only military member was Chairman Taylor.
FAN SONG: A fire control radar for the SA-2, with a backup search capability.
FAS: Foreign Area Studies center at AU, a contract research center funded by the Army.
FISHBED: NATO code name for the MiG-21.
FIRE CAN: Soviet radar associated with towed S-60 57 mm antiaircraft guns. It is not on the gun, so could might be coupled with the self-propelled ZSU-57-2
FIREFLY: U.S. Ryan AQM-91 reconnaissance drone, usually for IMINT but potentially SIGINT, controlled from a DC-130 aircraft in line of sight. Available to NRO, but in very early deployment.
FOXTROT: A class of Soviet diesel-electric submarines, which, although ancient by modern terms, was the most modern that they had in the Caribbean. the earliest was built in 1957. The Soviet name for the class was Project 641. Even older was the Zulu-class.
FY: Fiscal Year. It runs from October 1 of the prior year through September 30 of the year being described.
GEN: General. Grades are, from one to four stars, brigadier general (BG), major general (MG), lieutenant general (LTG), and (unqualified) general.
GUN DISH: Soviet radar for controlling antiaircraft guns; introduced early for this story but actually with the 1965 introduction of the ZSU-23-4 gun.
GW: George Washington University (sometimes GWU)
H-21: First troop-carrying helicopters in South Vietnam.
Ho: Ho Chi Minh, President of North Vietnam
Huey: Phonetic pronunciation of the UH-1 helicopter, arguably the icon of the American participation in the war. Basic models were troop-carrying, but smaller, faster, and more nimble than the H-21. Very early in the conflict, Hueys were configured as gunships, not troop carriers alone, with machine guns, rockets, and grenade launchers. Groups of them were assigned as “Aerial Rocket Artillery”, able to deliver the firepower of a battery of howitzers. Later in the war, dedicated AH-1 Huey Cobra versions would enter the war, more like a helicopter equivalent of a fighter-bomber than a transport.
HUMINT: Human Intelligence. Includes classic espionage, but also anything learned from people, such as refugee debriefings, diplomatic reporting, and agents talking to Cubans in the street.
IADS: Integrated Air Defense System of radars, missiles, fighters, guns, and, above all, a carefully designed command and control system. The first IADS, not fully understood by the enemy, defeated the Germans in the Battle of Britain. The Soviets built an IADS in Cuba, the difficulty of overcoming it being greatly underestimated by the U.S., which did not really develop Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) doctrine until well into the Vietnam War. Current U.S. doctrine treats SEAD as the #1 mission, along with neutralizing Weapons of Mass Destruction.
ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross, an international organization that works with but is independent of the United Nations. It has the lead role in international humanitarian law, but also is a trusted organization for inspections and verification.
Il-28: Code named BEAGLE by NATO, an aging light bomber still capable of delivering nuclear weapons. The U.S. considered it an offensive weapon.
INR: State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Its head, during the Crisis, was Assistant Secretary Roger Hilsman.
IRONBARK: Code word protecting the written HUMINT information from an extremely important and sensitive U.S. and U.K. spy in the Soviet government, Colonel Oleg Penkovsky. Penkovsky’s personal code name was HERO.
JCS: Joint Chiefs of Staff
JFK: President John F. Kennedy
KGB: Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, or Committee for State Security. This contained the Soviet foreign intelligence service, but, most important in this context, guarded nuclear warheads until the military was authorized to mount them on missiles or load them into aircraft.
MAAG-V: Military Assistance and Advisory Group-VIetnam. Formed after the French withdrew, MAAG-V was the nexus of American training and materiel support to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and its other forces. When American combat troops became involved, MAC-V was created, as a headquarters that could command American forces. MAAG-V and MACV worked in parallel for a time, but the MAAC was eventually absorbed into MACV.
MACV: Military Assistance Command Vietnam, the main American headquarters during the Vietnam War. Its command relationships were complex, but the most basic description is that it was a sub-unified command, with a four-star commander, of U.S. Pacific Command, and controlled forces in South Vietnam. It did not control Air Force or Navy units based outside South Vietnam. During the period of this story, it was headed by GEN Paul Harkins, who passed command to GEN William Westmoreland.
MiG-21: First-line Soviet jet fighter, primarily an interceptor.
MONGOOSE: Code name for an ad hoc program to destabilize Cuba and assassinate Castro, operationally controlled by Gen. Edward Lansdale, who was loosely attached to the JCS. The mission was normally associated with the CIA, but neither the CIA nor JCS really controlled it. Arguably, the control lay in the Special Group committee of the NSC, dominated by Robert Kennedy.
MT: megatons (millions of tons) of TNT equivalent. The Soviet missile warheads were in the 1-3 MT range. In contrast, the Hiroshima bomb was roughly 20 KT (kilotons; thousands of tons).
NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, responsible for non-military space research and exploitation, including Project Apollo, the moon landing effort.
NCA: The combination of President and Secretary of Defense, or their successors; final authority for the most critical military decisions, above all, the release of nuclear weapons.
NLF: National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, sometimes a synonym for Viet Cong and sometimes more appropriately referring to the political arm of the opposition in South Vietnam.
NPIC: National Photo-Interpretation Center, then a joint CIA-Air Force operation that analyzed the pictures taken by NRO satellites and aircraft. Today, it is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which did not exist in 1962.
NRO: National Reconnaissance Office, the very existence of which was secret in 1962. Responsible for overhead reconnaissance by satellites, aircraft, and drones.
NSA: National Security Agency, responsible for SIGINT as well as the security of U.S. communications. Its Director, between 1962 and 1965, was LTG Gordon Blake, USAF, followed by LTG Marshall Carter, USA. Sometimes used for Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
NSC: National Security Council, both a committee of top-level officials, and generically, the White House national security staff.
OAS: Organization of American States, a multinational organization in the Western Hemisphere.
OPLAN: Operations Plan. For Cuba, CINCLANT 312-62 was the air attack plan, while 314-64 was the invasion plan. CINCPAC OPLAN 34A was the program of covert action against North Vietnam, run by SOG.
OSS: Office of Strategic Services, the World War II predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. Then-Major Patti’s mission to Ho Chi Minh was under its auspices. CIA replaced it beginning in 1947.
PDB: President’s Daily Brief, arguably the most sensitive intelligence document in the government. At the time, it would typically be seen only by the President, National Security Adviser, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Director of Central Intelligence. In practice, Attorney General Robert Kennedy was on the list, but not the Joint Chiefs or Vice President. Contains information of all sources and classification, including codeword-protected material beyond the usual TS/SCI.
PSALM: Created for the crisis, a code word referring to material about offensive weapons in Cuba.
RFK: Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the President’s brother and, often, bureaucratic hatchetman with authority beyond the Department of Justice.
RTFM: Read The Fucking Manual.
RVN: Republic of Vietnam, or non-Communist South Vietnam
S-60: Soviet towed 57 mm antiaircraft gun, equipped with FIRE CAN radar as opposed to the nominally optically-guided-only ZSU-57-2.
SA-2 GUIDELINE: US code name for the Soviet S-75 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. Still used worldwide, and, in the early sixties, a potent weapon that we didn’t learn to counter until well into the Vietnam War.
SAC: Strategic Air Command. Nuclear delivery forces and some reconnaissance assets. Also controlled the B-52 heavy bombers used for conventional attacks in Southeast Asia, which were not under MACV control
SACEUR: Supreme Allied Commander Europe, dual-hatted as commander of US forces in Europe and being the senior military officer for NATO. Kennedy moved GEN Lemnitzer into this role, away from the CJCS position, which was not seen as a demotion.
SEAD: Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, a doctrine not fully understood by the U.S. in the Cuban Crisis. For example, the current doctrine calls for extensive use of electronic warfare to jam radars and defense communications. It uses purpose-built antiradar missiles to destroy antennas and transmitters, which frequently would be triggered into operation by expendable decoys. None of this was in the U.S. forces in 1962.
SIGINT: Signals Intelligence. Consists of COMINT (interception and analysis of communications between humans), ELINT (interception and analysis of non-communications signals, such as radar), and FISINT (Foreign Instrumentation Intelligence--think telemetry and enemy video links).
SIOP: Single Integrated Operational Plan, the master plan for global nuclear war. “Integrated” meant that it was coordinated among the Air Force, Navy, and Army, as opposed to the earlier near-independence of SAC. Until the Eisenhower Administration forced the issue in 1959, SAC was largely outside civilian control. The first SIOP edition, SIOP-62 was completed in the Kennedy Administration, was on 14 December 1960 and implemented on 1 July 1961 (the start of fiscal year 1962). Had the crisis escalated to direct war with the USSR, it would have been the blueprint. SIOP materials were generally TS/SIOP/ESI (Extremely Sensitive Information), a non-intelligence codeword.
SOG: A deliberately ambiguous acronym for a highly secret organization under MACV, with the unclassified meaning “Studies and Observation Group” and the classified meaning “Special Operations Group.” Ran covert attacks and clandestine espionage against North Vietnam.
SPAAG: Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun, as opposed to towed or fixed AAA.
SPOON REST: A early warning radar associated with the SA-2; handed off to FAN SONG for engagement fire control
SS-4 SANDAL: Soviet Medium Range Ballistic Missile with a nuclear warhead. 2,080 km/1,300 mi range. Actual Soviet designation was the R-12. Delivered to Cuba.
SS-5 SKEAN: Soviet Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile with a nuclear warhead. Never actually arrived in Cuba. Actual Russian designation was the R-14 Chusovaya.
SWITCHBACK: Operation SWITCHBACK moved the CIDG from CIA to MACV control.
TAC: Tactical Air Command, responsible for fighter-bombers and low-level reconnaissance.
TAILHOOK: Formally, the piece of equipment that makes arrested carrier landings possible. Informally, the symbol of Naval Aviation. The Tailhook Association is the professional association of Naval Aviation, whose annual conventions had a tradition of sexuality, which, in 1991, moved into outright sexual abuse. Many careers ended over this, and it became difficult for Naval Aviators to have consensual acts.
TALENT KEYHOLE: Code word for information produced by overhead reconnaissance, abbreviated TK. TALENT information came from aircraft and drones, while the ultrasensitive KEYHOLE information came from satellites. The code word did not cover sensitive details of the means of collection, which most often was in the BYEMAN (B) compartment. G. Gordon Libby probably referred to BYEMAN when he spoke of something for which “The first letter was SECRET, the full name was TOP SECRET, and the information it protected could be given by God the Father to the Holy Spirit, only on a need-to-know basis.
TF: Task Force, the highest level of Navy ad hoc organization. Task Groups (TG) and Task Units (TU) are subordinate.
TK: Abbreviation for TALENT/KEYHOLE.
TNW: Tactical Nuclear Weapon/warfare. In principle, small nuclear weapons whose use could be limited to the battlefield. They were carried, and almost used, by Soviet submarines. A substantial number were in Cuba, and the Soviet commander, General Issa Plyev, was preauthorized to use them against invading U.S. forces. American intelligence had no idea of their presence, much less the probability of their use.
TS: Top Secret, a designation for what officially is the highest level of classified information: “the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe.”
TS/SCI: Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information, informally “above top secret” information that includes “codeword” information. For example, TALENT/KEYHOLE was the SCI compartment for IMINT; TALENT information came from airplanes and KEYHOLE information from satellites.
U-2: A high-flying but slow IMINT and SIGINT collection airplane. A difficult target, especially operating at 70,000 feet, but still vulnerable to the SA-2
USIA: United States Information Agency, then responsible for official U.S. government information (i.e, white propaganda) to foreign audiences. USIA head was part of the Country Team. Also known as U.S. Information Service (USIA). Black and gray propaganda is usually a CIA responsibility.
USIB: United States Intelligence Board. A committee of the heads of intelligence agencies, with a small staff for managing community-wide interests and priorities.
Viet Cong: Communist and nationalist opposition to the Republic of Vietnam, United States, and allies. Sometimes called the NLF, which was its political side.
Viet Minh: Communist and nationalist opposition to the French
WHITE STAR: U.S. paramilitary operations in Laos, principally using Army Special Forces personnel
ZSU-52-2: A Soviet medium-range automatic antiaircraft cannon. In this story, it has been enhanced with a GUN DISH radar drawn from its intended but not yet deployed successor, the ZSU-23-4. If also could be used, it is assumed, with the FIRE CAN radar associated with the S-60.