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A description of the political and economic motivating forces in Vietnam, the strategic hamlet program, the government organization, and the U.S. advisory efforts. The paper discusses counterinsurgency, particularly the effects on weapons selectivity, the defense, transportation, communication, and offense. Examples from recent experiences in Vietnam are given. Patrolling and Viet Cong responses to U.S. equipment and tactics are described, as is the role of American technology in counterinsurgency.

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