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Series Description

There are 2 Files for this series in AAD :
Mine Warfare Operations File (MINEA), ASCII Rendered Fixed Table Data File, 5/9/1972 - 1/14/1973 (info) Search
Mine Warfare Operations File (MINEA), ASCII Rendered Periodic Table 1 Data File, 5/9/1972 - 1/14/1973 (info) Search
Title: Mine Warfare Operations Files (MINEA), created, 5/9/1972 - 1/14/1973, documenting the period 5/9/1972 - 1/14/1973
Creator: Department of Defense. Joint Chiefs of Staff. J-3 (Operations) Directorate. Data Processing Division. (ca. 1970 - ca. 1975) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 472: Records of the U. S. Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950-1996
Other Titles: MINEA
Location: National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-0470; FAX: 301-837-3574; EMAIL:
Inclusive Dates: 5/9/1972 - 1/14/1973
Coverage Dates: 5/9/1972 - 1/14/1973
Part of: Record Group 472: Records of the U. S. Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950-1996
Function and Use: The agency created this series to provide information on mine-laying operations in North Vietnam and used the system to identify when an area needed to be re-mined. After the Paris Peace Accords, the agency used the information to determine where the United States needed to remove the mines.
Scope & Content Note: This series contains data from two military operations during the Vietnamese Conflict, Operation Linebacker and Operation Pocket Money, which concerned all mining operations conducted against North Vietnamese interior waterways and harbors. Each record includes the location of the mine seeding, the activation and safe date of each string of mines laid, the number of mines of each type and sensitivity of each string, coordinates of the end of each string, and the type of aircraft that delivered the string.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
General Note: This series was in a computerized application using the National Military Command System Information Processing System or NIPS, a report generator software product. The NIPS software had three types of records: Control Set, Fixed Set, and Periodic Set. The Control Set contained the record identification data. The Fixed Set contained constant information about the action. Two possible Periodic Sets were also included in the NIPS data file. While each incident had one Control Set and Fixed Set, it had as many Periodic Sets as needed. The agency transferred the records to NARA in a NIPS format. NARA staff created files independent of the NIPS software by creating a separate file for the Fixed Set and the Period Sets. The Control Set is listed in both the Fixed and Periodic Set and serves as the primary key to provide the relationship between the records in the Fixed Set and the records in the Periodic Sets. In the case of the MINEA NIPS file, the NIPS file did not contain any records in the Second Periodic Set. NARA staff created files for the Fixed Set and the First Periodic Set in two forms. One form is a file containing fixed length records and the second form is a file containing tab delimited records. Each form is based upon a combination of the record layout found within the NIPS file and the agency documentation.
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Variant Control Number(s): Declassification Project Number: NND-023093.
Extent: 5 data files, 1 electronic documentation file, and 3 linear inches of paper documentation
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Mines (Military explosives)
Operation Linebacker, 1972
Operation Pocket Money, 1972
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    Hai Pḥng (Hai Pḥng, Thành Pho, Vietnam, Asia) inhabited place

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