Accession Number : ADA328122

Title :   Operational Leadership in Vietnam: General William Depuy vs. Lieutenant General Victor Krulak or Attrition Vice Pacification.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Norton, Michael A.

PDF Url : ADA328122

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The intent of this paper is to examine the competing operational leadership philosophies of Gen Depuy and LtGen Krulak during the Vietnam War. The larger issue in question assesses the appropriate strategy for conducting counterinsurgercy warfare. Depuy espoused a war of attrition while Krulak advocated a pacification theory. In order to structure this comparison, the different philosophies are analyzed within the framework of operational design and the principles of military operations other than war. The conclusion acknowledges that every insurgency is unique and that there is no absolute formula for victory, but that Krulak's method offered a higher probability of success given the circumstances of this conflict.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *FORMULATIONS, *DEMILITARIZATION, *GENERAL OFFICERS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, WARFARE, MILITARY STRATEGY, ATTRITION, RESTRAINT, PHILOSOPHY, VIETNAM, COUNTERINSURGENCY, INSURGENCY.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE