The Vietnamese Strategic Hamlets

A Preliminary Report

by J. C. Donnell, Gerald Cannon Hickey


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A discussion of the social, economic, administrative, and political aspects of the strategic hamlets, a key part of the South Vietnam program known as "Operation Sunrise." No effort is made to evaluate the direct military worth of the hamlets. Some suggestions are made for improving the hamlet system.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

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