“We Are Winning Slowly but Steadily”

Gregory A. Daddis

in No Sure Victory

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199746873
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897179 | DOI:
“We Are Winning Slowly but Steadily”

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This chapter concentrates on how MACV attempted to measure effectiveness in its pacification campaign. In January 1967, U.S. advisors began using the Hamlet Evaluation System (HES). This section asks how HES was developed and if MACV believed it to be an accurate assessment tool. On the military front, the enemy continued its reluctance to mass for large-scale attacks yet the U.S. Army still conducted “big-unit” operations like Cedar Falls and Junction City. Thus, chapter 7 also explores the hold and allure of conventional battle on the army’s officer corps. Two years into the conflict, did MACV believe it was being effective in providing enough security to establish rural pacification?

Keywords: pacification; HES; hamlet security; Cedar Falls; Junction City; advisors

Chapter.  10285 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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