Organization and Management of the New Model Pacification Program


by Robert W. Komer


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This 1970 analysis of pacification organization and management in South Vietnam is believed to be the first comprehensive systematic treatment of the pacification program. It evolved from a three-day seminar at RAND in November 1969, which included an extensive question-and-answer session with two U.S. Army historians who are doing the official history of the Vietnam War. The paper concentrates on the organization and management of this essentially Vietnamese (even if largely U.S.-sponsored) pacification effort — a unique large-scale experiment in how to cope with insurgency war. It is designed as a contribution to a RAND analysis under ARPA auspices of U.S. government organization and performance in counterinsurgency war.

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