Accession Number : ADC016034

Title :   Defense Attache Saigon: RVNAF Quarterly Assessment, 1st Quarter FY 74.

Descriptive Note : Rept. no. 2, 1 Jul-30 Sep 73,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Murray, John E. ; Grubbs, GEorge L

Report Date : 31 OCT 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 382

Abstract : This is the second DAO quarterly assessment of RVNAF and is a result of the combined efforts of RVNAF, DAO-Saigon. US observers state that while the RVNAF is improving, so is the enemy, especially in the areas of construction of roads, pipelines; revamping of airfields; input of weapons and stockpiles are better equipped and positioned than before. Manpower for a major country-wide offensive in central/southern Vietnam is the only element the enemy lacks. This assessment reports that presently the RVNAF is capable of a stubborn defense of the territory they control against a limited enemy offensive, but it is doubtful that RVNAF could defend successfully against a major offensive without US airpower. A struggle is developing for control of the rice crop. The high price of rice, caused by increasing inflation, has had a serious impact on RVNAF morale. This has led to theft and pilferage by RVNAF troops from the GVN population resulting in anti-government attitude in some geographical areas. Lack of adequately qualified middle level leaders and managers continues to be a problem. It is concluded that the rate of RVNAF improvement appears to be impeded by inflation, corruption and poor management, and that for the moment RVNAF game-plan seems to be to continue to maintain the status quo brought about by the Ceasefire.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, *VIETNAM, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, REPORTS, OBSERVERS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY ENGINEERING, STOCKPILES, MORALE, INFLATION(ECONOMICS), GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), MILITARY COMMANDERS, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, MILITARY TRAINING.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Intelligence
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Military Forces and Organizations

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