The Army and Vietnam

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The Army And Vietnam examines the folly of the U.S. attempt to transplant to Indochina the operational methods of conventional warfare that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II. With chilling persuasiveness, Krepinevich details the ways in which the U.S. was unprepared to fight a war of counterinsurgency in Vietnam--and why it is likely to remain unprepared to fight any similar war in the near future.
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Overview

The Army And Vietnam examines the folly of the U.S. attempt to transplant to Indochina the operational methods of conventional warfare that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II. With chilling persuasiveness, Krepinevich details the ways in which the U.S. was unprepared to fight a war of counterinsurgency in Vietnam--and why it is likely to remain unprepared to fight any similar war in the near future.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Krepinevich, a major with the Strategic Plans and Policy Division of the Army, raises serious questions about the military's ability to learn from its mistakes in Vietnam. The emphasis here is on the Army's stubborn insistence on pursuing a strategy of attrition, through large-unit operations and heavy firepower, and largely ignoring the political and social dimensions that form the foundation of successful counterinsurgency warfare. The result was a high-cost, low-payoff strategy which the Army stuck with until civilian leaders in the defense establishment openly challenged the policy after the Tet Offensive. Krepinevich praises the pacification programs of the Marines and suggests that their methods could have been profitably employed by the Army. More significantly, he suggests that the Vietnam experience has had little effect on the doctrine by which the Army is currently preparing for future low-intensity engagements. Illustrations. (July)
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Why was the U.S. Army in Vietnam? What was the nature of the war? What was the Army's plan for winning? Was there a possibility the war could have been won? A career Army officer, Major Krepinevich answers these questions and argues in a cogent and probing analysis that the Army believed that its might and firepower left it no room to lose; and that, because of that belief, it really had no chance to win. This excellent book is well researched in recently declassified documents and well written. Because it is a broad survey, it opens more questions than it answers, leaving many interesting side trails for further research. For all readers interested in Vietnam, especially those who supported the war. Edward Gibson, James Madison Univ. Lib., Harrisonburg, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801828638
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1986
  • Pages: 344

Meet the Author

Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. is a defense policy analyst who currently serves as President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

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