Accession Number : ADA116754

Title :   Management and Mismanagement in War - Issues from the Vietnam War.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,


Personal Author(s) : Langley,Dennis S

PDF Url : ADA116754

Report Date : 19 Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This essay addresses the mismanagement of the war in Vietnam through a study of the principles of management that were violated, overlooked or neglected by key military and civilian leaders in Washington and Saigon during the conduct of the war. Specifically, the paper discusses objectives and measurements, organization, bureaucracy, unity of command and unity of direction as those management concepts applied to the American involvement in the Vietnam War. Likewise, the paper provides an overview of the effects of service roles, missions, doctrine and parochialism from World War II to the Vietnam era. Suggested management improvements for similar future conflicts are provided. This essay was selected to represent the USAWC in the Chairman, JCS Annual Individual Strategy Essay Competition. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Management planning and control, *Military doctrine, *Vietnam, Tactical warfare, Military strategy, Military tactics, Failure, Military organizations, Leadership, Military commanders, Joint military activities, Decision making, Public opinion, International politics, Crisis management, Military forces(United States), Attitudes(Psychology), Perception(Psychology), Civilian personnel, Military personnel, Warfare

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE