Some Effects of Military Operations on Viet Cong Attitudes

by Frank H. Denton

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A statistical analysis of the reaction of Viet Cong prisoners and defectors to military operations of the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. The responses of 167 Viet Cong prisoners and defectors interviewed by a Rand team during the first half of 1965 were coded numerically into a multiple-response format to provide a database for determining if a relationship exists between a prisoner's or defector's attitude toward the Viet Cong and his combat experience. The relationships are derived by correlating the interviewee's level of experience with U.S. and South Vietnamese military operations with his expressed degree of allegiance to the Viet Cong. Mathematical correlation, concept mapping, and a logical test program provide the basic data-processing routines for this computer-based analysis.

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