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MACV execution of lines of effort during the directed US withdrawal

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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In order to support the Presidential directives, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam MACV developed the Combined Campaign Plan for 1970. The campaign plan consisted of three major lines of effort in support of withdrawal from Vietnam. The lines of effort were Vietnamization, support of pacification and participation in development programs, and defeat the North Vietnamese Army NVA and Vietcong forces. Any military approach developed in support of a flawed policy will not bring about the desired outcome no matter how much effort is made. That is the case here. There could be no military victory. MACV employed operational art to synchronize its actions against North Vietnamese forces in order to stimulate a negotiated settlement and end the conflict. Unfortunately, the South Vietnamese military and government proved inadequate and were unable to take the lead without US support. The execution of the MACV Campaign Plans lines of effort will demonstrate their effectiveness in support of the national objectives during the directed withdrawal.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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