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Accession Number ADA566589
Title General Creighton Abrams' Conduct of Design in Operational Art during the Vietnam War.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 53p
Personal Author K. A. Poole
Abstract General Creighton Abrams presents a sound historical example of the practical application of operational art as viewed through the lens of Army Design Methodology. When General Abrams assumed command of Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) in 1968, he was able to frame his environment in a way that enabled him to equip and train the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) while simultaneously focusing on population-centric efforts in counterinsurgency. This would ultimately eliminate the need for a U.S. presence in Vietnam. Under his authority, American forces were broken up into small units that lived with and trained South Vietnamese civilians to defend their villages from guerrilla attacks and conventional Northern incursions with heavy weapons. General Abrams successfully reframed the problem in 1970 in accordance with the Nixon administration's announcement of a rapid withdrawal of forces from Vietnam. These efforts proved successful, as evidenced by the ability of ARVN forces to repel a full-scale North Vietnamese Army Easter Offensive in 1972 with U.S. aerial support. This study validates the Army Design Methodology as a framework for the assessment of operational art.
Keywords Abrams creighton
Army design methodology
Army of the republic of vietnam
Army training
Civilian population
Community relations
Guerrilla warfare
Macv(Military assistance command vietnam)
Military commanders
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military history
One war strategy
Operational approach
Operational art
Operational design
Problem solving
South vietnam
South vietnamese civilians
Vietnam war

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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