Accession Number : ADA308712

Title :   LAM SON 719: Perils of Strategy.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, Richard M.

PDF Url : ADA308712

Report Date : 15 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : United States policy and strategy shaped the operational and tactical approach to operations in the Republic of South Vietnam. This study traces the formulation of our involvement in Vietnam and how we attempted to prosecute that conflict. It links South Vietnam's unsuccessful assault into Laos with ill defined policy from our executive branch and flawed strategy by our senior military leaders. The paper argues that the United States shares the blame with South Vietnam for a failed campaign. Military, civilian, and the authors personal involvement in the campaign are used as sources.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY HISTORY, *UNITED STATES, *LAOS, *SOUTH VIETNAM, MILITARY PERSONNEL, POLICIES, LESSONS LEARNED, LEADERSHIP, ATTACK, FAILURE, VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE