A Study of Strategic Lessons Learned in Vietnam
Omnibus Executive Summary

TABLE OF CONTENTS


FOREWORD
iii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
vii
LIST OF FIGURES
ix
LIST OF MAPS
xi
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
EX-1 to EX-12
A. Major Themes
EX-1
B. On Winning Battles and Losing Wars
EX-3
C. The American "Way of War" Tested
EX-7
D. For the Future
EX-9

I THE ENEMY
I-1 to I-13
II SOUTH VIETNAM
II-1 to II-16
III US FOREIGN POLICY AND VIETNAM 1945-1975
III-1 to III-10
IV US DOMESTIC FACTORS INFLUENCING VIETNAM WAR POLICY MAKING
IV-1 to IV-14
V PLANNING THE WAR
V-1 to V-20
VI CONDUCT OF THE WAR
VI-1 to VI-42
Conduct of the War: Operational Analyses
VI-1
Conduct of the War: Functional Analyses
VI-21
VII THE SOLDIER
VII-1 to VII-15
VIII RESULTS OF THE WAR
VIII-1 to VIII-12

Appendices
A ASYMMETRIES IN THE SECOND INDOCHINA WAR
A-1 to A-2
B SOME BATTLES: WHOSE VICTORY?
B-1 to B-6
C CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AMERICAN WAY OF WAR
C-1 to C-3
D STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL IMBALANCES: AGENDA FOR THE FUTURE
D-1 to D-2

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