The army and Vietnam

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Johns Hopkins University Press, May 1, 1986 - History - 318 pages
The Army And Vietnam examines the folly of the U.S. attempt to transplant to Indochina the operational methods of conventional warfare that had been successful in the European battle theaters of World War II. With chilling persuasiveness, Krepinevich details the ways in which the U.S. was unprepared to fight a war of counterinsurgency in Vietnam--and why it is likely to remain unprepared to fight any similar war in the near future.

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An important but flawed book that should be read by anyone serious about understanding the Vietnam war. The author is primarily concerned with what is called the "Army concept" which is the US Armies ... Read full review

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Krepinevich, a serving Army officer, delivered an effective rebuttal to the assertion that U.S. armed forces failed in Vietnam because of political restrictions. The Army and Vietnam is a scathing ... Read full review


Gearing Up for Counterinsurgency
A Strategy of Tactics
part ra Years of Withdrawal 19681973

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Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., born in 1950, is an author, lecturer, professor, and defense policy analyst. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1972, received an MPA from John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1980 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1984. Krepinevich served twenty-one years in the U.S. Army and has gained extensive strategic planning experience in national security and technology policy through his work with the Department of Defense. He has served on the faculty of West Point, George Mason University, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Georgetown University. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and is President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.