A Study of Strategic Lessons Learned in Vietnam
Volume VIII
Results of the War

TABLE OF CONTENTS


FOREWORD
iii
PREFACE
v
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ix
LIST OF FIGURES
xi
LIST OF TABLES
xi
LIST OF MAPS
xi
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
EX-1 to EX-11

1. LESSONS FROM HISTORY: AN INTRODUCTION
Page

2. RESULTS OF VIETNAM: UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY AND THE EVOLVING INTERNATIONAL ORDER
A. Introduction
2-1
B. Status Quo Ante
2-4
C. Aftermath and Results: Vietnam's Legacy
2-4
D. Multiplicity of Factors Affecting American Post-Vietnam Foreign Policy
2-9

3. THE US DOMESTIC SCENE IN THE POST-VIETNAM ENVIRONMENT: CHANGES AND RESULTS
A. Introduction
3-2
B. Changing Public Opinion
3-5
1. Public Opinion and Domestic Affairs
3-5
2. Public Opinion and International Issues
3-10

4. RESULTS FOR THE US MILITARY: THE IMPLICATIONS AND IMPACT OF VIETNAM
A. Introduction
4-1
B. Results for the US Military at Home: Effects on the National Command Structure and the Institution and Image of the US Army
4-2
C. Results for the US Approach to Defense: Implications for US Military Alliances and Military Assistance Programs
4-7
D. The New Technology -- Vietnam's Legacy?
4-9
E. An Appraisal of Future Threats, Future Wars, and the Appropriate US Response: Questions of Strategy and Flexibility in Training
4-11
F. Military Capabilities
4-15
1. The Changing Balance of Power
4-15
2. Mobilization Readiness
4-16
3. Recruitment/Retention Problem Areas
4-17
4. Attitude Problems
4-19
5. Training Readiness
4-20
6. Force Structure
4-21
G. An Epilogue: The Utility of US Military Power in the Post Vietnam Era
4-22

5. REGIONAL RESULTS: THE NEW FACE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
A. Introduction
5-1
B. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1975 - Present
5-2
1. In The South
5-2
2. In The North
5-4
C. The Democratic People's Republic of Laos, 1975 - Present
5-10
1. Political Integration
5-10
2. The Military Factor
5-12
D. Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) 1975 - Present
5-15
1. The Legacy of War and the Pol Pot Regime
5-15
2. The Vietnamese Solution
5-16
E. The China-Vietnam Conflict of 1979
5-18
F. The Human Cost
5-22
G. Thailand -- On Hanoi's "Hit List"?
5-24
BIBLIOGRAPHY
B-1 to B-10

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