- What might be some of the long-term human and environmental impacts of using these kinds of chemicals?
- Why would it be important to have an alternative food supply prepared? What does this communicate about the U.S. mission in Vietnam as more than just "winning" the war?
- Consider the timing of the memo prior to the Gulf of Tonkin. What did the early consideration of such tactics communicate about the potential role the U.S. would hold in Vietnam?
"National Security Action Memorandum No. 115 Defoliant Operations in Vietnam," 30 November 1961. Courtesy of National Archives