Contingency Operations Series
CMH Pub 55-3, Cloth; CMH Pub 55-3-1, Paper
2014; 543 pages, tables, charts, maps, illustrations, index
GPO S/N: Not Currently Available, Paper
On 20 December 1989, the United States launched Operation JUST CAUSE, the invasion of Panama. Over the course of the next few days, these forces handily defeated the Panamanian military, toppled the brutal and corrupt dictatorship of Manuel Antonio Noriega, and helped return democracy and stability to the troubled isthmus. The book tells this story by reviewing U.S. contingency planning for the possible use of armed force in Panama and then by recounting the execution of those plans. The companion to this volume, The U.S. Military Intervention in Panama: Origins, Planning, and Crisis Management, June 1987–December 1989, also written by Yates, was published by CMH in 2008.
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