Accession Number : AD0655506

Title :   THE COMMUNIST INSURGENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN SOUTH VIETNAM: A STUDY OF ORGANIZATION AND STRATEGY, VOLUME I,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN UNIV WASHINGTON D C CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SYSTEMS

Personal Author(s) : Conley,Michael Charles

Report Date : JUL 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 244

Abstract : An analysis of the dynamics of the Communist movement in South Vietnam presupposes a thorough grasp of organizational issues, since one is dealing here with a form of subversion that is implemented through the agencies of a highly disciplined bureaucracy, staffed in its critical offices with party members. Regarding the structure of the movement, distinctions are made among three major echelons: the party apparatus, based upon a cellularly ordered hierarchy of committees; the civil organization, embracing mass associations and the federated fronts erected over them; and the armed elements, domestically activated or infiltrated across international borders. In the light of an understanding of both the structure and functions performed by these several hierarchies, the larger issues of grand strategy and tactics, political and military, are examined. The work is completed with an investigation of the Saigon-Cholon-Gia Dinh area, in which the several factors, examined in succession in the earlier portions of the work, are integrated into a single statement. The study argues that the goal of the subversive movement is not tactical military success on the battlefield, but the progressive extension of de facto controls over the civil population, and that success in this political endeavor is dependent upon the party's ability to sustain its controls over the extra-party bodies activated. The failure to place the destruction of this organization at the center of counterinsurgent planning, consequently, would substantially vitiate such positive accomplishments of a collateral nature as might be attained. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*INSURGENCY, VIETNAM), (*COUNTERINSURGENCY, *STRATEGIC WARFARE), COMMUNISTS, PROPAGANDA, TACTICAL WARFARE, POPULATION, COMMUNISM, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, GUERRILLA WARFARE

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE